The fastest and cheapest way to get into solar without any of your own money out of pocket is going with a Power Purchase Agreement.
In this blog, we will walk you through the process of getting solar and how long it takes to get it installed and activated.
How Long Does It Take To Make The Switch To Solar?
Three processes are required to happen first before getting solar on your roof and installed.
The entire process can take anywhere from one and a half weeks to five weeks.
Let’s break down what each process looks like separately.
Step 1: Design and Inspection (2-3 days)
Once you understand how much power you use and know how much your solar system needs to produce to replace the energy you’re using from the grid (power company), you need to then submit that design to the city or county permitting department.
The permitting department needs to approve of your design before getting solar installed on your roof.
The design takes some time. But how much time?
How Long Does The Solar Design Take?
If you have a team like ours do it for you, the design takes about one day. We walk you through everything, making sure you get the right system size installed. The last thing you want is the system size to be wrong.
One of the ways we can get an estimate of the system size you need is by using Google Maps. Then we send a team or a drone to your home, look at your roof, and make sure everything we saw from Google Maps is correct.
We then finalize everything and get it thoroughly inspected. That takes anywhere from two to three days.
How Long Does It Take To Get A Permit For Solar? (About one week)
After we know how many solar panels you need and how much power it needs to produce, we submit it for permitting. Getting it approved can take about a week.
The average total time it takes to get a design done for your roof and send it off to get it permitted takes roughly one and a half weeks.
Step 2: Schedule the Solar Installation (about one week)
We work with several installation companies and give you the best pricing and rates with them. That’s what makes us a unique company.
We will help you find the perfect installer that gives you the best warranties and gets the installation done quickly and correctly.
It takes the installers about a week to get you on the schedule. Sometimes it’s faster.
The fastest time solar can get installed is under three weeks.
Step 3: Activation and Permission to Operate (PTO)
There’s something you sign called a Net Metering Agreement.
When you sign this agreement, you agree to allow your power company to inspect and approve the installation to operate the new solar system connected to their grid.
They’ll send their team out to get what’s called Permission to Operate (PTO).
There is a ‘city final inspection’ that happens before PTO, and we also have to wait for that. Sometimes the city will take a week, and sometimes it’ll take three weeks.
Because of COVID, things slowed down a bit, but we’re in September now, and things have sped up some. Keep in mind, though, some cities and counties are a little slower than usual.
You can expect the final approval from the city or county to take around two weeks. When this is approved, that’s when your power company gets PTO.
SDG&E (or your power company) can take between 2-3 weeks to get PTO; they typically try to get it done faster than that.
PTO is also when you’re starting to see savings.
You Aren't Responsible for Any of This (Don't be overwhelmed.)
Design, installation, and activation are the three processes you’ll go through when getting solar, and the good news is you don’t have to do any of it yourself!
Don’t feel overwhelmed. Just know that everything that has to happen is happening in the background and gets done for you.
All you do is agree to get cheaper power and lock in that rate for the next twenty-five years or more. Your power company and the company you choose to enroll in solar with are doing the work for you. That’s what they get paid for on the back end.
The Cheapest Way to Get Solar (Power Purchase Agreement)
There are a few ways to get solar. You can pay in cash, take out a loan, or go with a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA).
A PPA doesn’t require any money down, and there’s no money out of pocket. Not even for the installation.
Watch this video below to learn more about what a PPA is and how they work.
The cheapest way to get solar, save money on your power bill, and lock in that rate for the next twenty-five years will be with a Power Purchase Agreement.
You don’t pay a dime, and no one will ask you for payment. EVER!
Getting Your First New Solar Power Bill
Your first payment doesn’t come until you have your first 30-day bill.
After roughly five weeks when the full process of getting solar is complete, you have 30 days before your first bill.
But sometimes you’re not paying anything for two to three months.
You Can Still Get Solar Even If You Have Low Credit
You don’t have to worry about any money out of pocket when you choose a Power Purchase Agreement, so even if you’re short on cash now, you can still get solar.
If you have a low credit score, you can also still get solar.
We recently partnered with a credit repair agency, so if you’ve ever been turned down for solar because of your credit score, we can help get you approved and repair your credit at the same time.
If you want solar, but have low credit, watch this video below to find out how we can help you.
Solar is ubiquitous. It’s so easy to get into, now that it’s just another utility option. You no longer have to feel stuck with SDG&E, PG&E, or whatever power company you have.
The absolute fastest and cheapest way to get into solar without paying anything out of pocket is going with a Power Purchase Agreement and working with a team that works fast likes ours.
Getting solar is less expensive than what you’re paying right now for standard electricity, so it’s something to look into.
There’s no sense in overpaying for electricity.
If getting solar is something that interests you, reach out to us. We’re happy to help you.