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Solar Panel Installation Guide

Posted on: July 23rd, 2019

More than one million residential solar arrays have been installed across the United States, and
many more homeowners have begun to consider solar energy for their home. If you are
considering installing solar on your roof, you probably have some questions regarding what takes
place when your solar company comes out to install your brand-new solar array. At Solar Is
Freedom, our goal is to make installation day a breeze for our customers. We have a team of
experienced installers and electricians that have worked on over 300 solar installations in the past
5 years.

After signing up to go solar, Solar Is Freedom will submit an Interconnection Agreement
Application with your utility company. This application initiates the net metering process, which
allows you to sell any excess electricity you produce back to the utility company.
While the Interconnection Agreement is being approved by the utility company, the Solar Is
Freedom production team orders all the materials required for the installation, and we stage the
project. Once the parts and materials arrive at our warehouse and the Interconnection Agreement
is approved, we schedule the installation.

Upon the day of installation, the Solar Is Freedom install team arrives to begin the installation.
Every single installation begins and ends with a full roof inspection. Our installers have
extensive roofing and carpentry experience and will inspect the entire roof before initiating the
installation to ensure that there are no issues with the roof prior to installing. We must also
determine where the wood trusses are on your roof to ensure that we are attaching to the wood
frame of your roof, rather than just going through the shingle.

Once our installers have confirmed that the roof is intact and we have found our studs, we begin
the installation. The first thing we do on your roof is install the rails that the solar panels will
attach to. We install a specialized solar rail system that allows us to install on any type of roof
(shingle, metal, slate, rubber, etc.). This rail system is made of an aluminum alloy that can
withstand winds up to 160 mph or up to 70 square pound-feet of snow. The engineering behind
how the rails attach to the roof is 100% leak-proof, but Solar Is Freedom goes one step further
and seals the point of attachment with a rubber polymer to ensure that it is watertight. Our solar
rail system is now installed.

The next task for the Solar Is Freedom installation team is to install the power optimizers. The
power optimizer ensures that your panel is operating at the highest efficiency, reducing loss from
partial shading and enhancing low-light production. Each panel is installed with one power
optimizer, and this is installed directly onto the solar rail system. Then, once each power
optimizer has been installed, the Solar Is Freedom installation team will connect each power
optimizer in a string and run the wires off the side of the roof for the electric work to be
complete.

Once the rail system is installed and the power optimizer has been attached, it is time to install
the panels. The Solar Is Freedom installation team installs your system one panel at a time,
ensuring that each panel is hooked up to its individual power optimizer and tightly secured to the

rail system. Each panel on your roof will have 4 points of attachment to the rail system, ensuring
that your panels are tightly secured for the 25-year warranty they offer. After each panel is
connected to its power optimizer and connected to the rail system, the Solar Is Freedom
installation team comes down from your roof and your system is ready to have the inverter
installed.

One of our Master Electricians will take the reigns from here. Our electrician will take the wires
from the system and protect them using conduit that will come from the roof and run all the way
to your inverter. The inverter will be installed next to your electric meter and connect into your
electric panel in your home. Connecting the inverter to your electric panel allows you to use all
the electricity your system produces to power your home. My electrician will also connect your
inverter to your electric meter to allow you to sell any excess production to the utility company
that will be credited to your bill. Once the inverter is installed, my electrician turns on your
system and establishes the communication for the panel by panel monitoring, which allows you
to track your system production in real-time.

Our work here is done! Your solar array is installed and operational. The very last step in the
process is having the utility company come and swap your old unidirectional meter for a brand-
new bidirectional meter. This new meter has the ability to dial forward when you are pulling
from the grid but also dials backward when you are overproducing and selling electricity back
to the grid. Your Solar Is Freedom consultant will take care of informing your utility company
that your solar installation is complete, and a technician from the utility company will be out to
take care of the meter swap.