We finally got the go ahead from the electric company to turn on our solar awning on November 19, 2010. It was a bright, sunny day and I took a quick break from work to run home and flip the switch. Usually your solar contractor gives you basic training on how your system works, then together, you turn on the system. Ben from SunBug Solar knew I was too excited to wait for a sunny day where we were both free, so he gave me the go-ahead to do it myself.
We read the Solectria Inverter Manual and then I got to flip and turn the switches. For a grid-tied residential solar connection, you will have at least two switches you need to flip: one going into the home AC power (circuit panel or utility line-side tap) and one from the solar panels to the inverter. Here are the videos of me flipping and turning the switches.
Turning on the AC Disconnect for our Solar PV Awning
Turning on the Inverter for our Solar PV Awning
The First Watts generated on our Solar PV Awning
We have now achieved one of my life long dreams to have solar on my home! I am excited to share this project and the joy it has brought me!
Jon & Alicia
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!