|Caution stickers the electrical inspector required|
The final step before flipping the switch is passing the electrical inspection and getting your electric utility to sign off that you can put energy back onto the grid.
The electrical inspection was very straight forward and took less than an hour. I attribute that to the quality of the work SunBug Solar had done for us. They went through the installation with the building inspector and after adding dozens of these “Live D.C. Wires from Solar Panel” stickers, he signed off and that was that.
Next, we had to fill out a form and have National Grid sign off that we could turn the system on and start feeding power back onto the grid. That can take a couple weeks I hear, but National Grid processed the request in a few days and we got the green light to flip the switch.
|Going for Solar Series|
To learn more about residential solar installations, check out our series Going for Solar, which details every step from dreaming about installing solar, through picking a contractor and the steps in construction. We provide information and advice for every step of the way, as well as different approaches such as paying for it yourself versus leasing a system. Don’t miss the steps on how much money we saved during our first year of usage!