THE PREMISE OF SOLAR ENERGY IS SIMPLE: roof panels collect sunlight and convert it into energy, which can be stored in battery form until needed. However, there’s an intricacy to getting it right that goes beyond mere installation. At Vermilion, we undertake a tremendous amount of complex pre-planning to guarantee the system you want is the system you need, and that it’s financially feasible. Once it’s installed, we continue to work with you to ensure things run smoothly for the lifetime of your home.
Below is what you can expect from us throughout this process:
We will come to your home or site for a free consultation and look at things like your home’s location, roof or land access to solar, and your home’s structure and electrical.
We will give you a proposal for the best course of action in accordance to your needs. This includes a layout of the panels, load calculations, itemized list of materials and cost, and savings projection.
Planning or Permit Interconnection agreement
After agreeing to a proposal, we will submit the plans for a permit and contact AEP to set up your contract for Net Metering and an Interconnection Agreement. This is so AEP can give you money in exchange for generating electricity. This will take a few weeks to complete.
We Install the panels and equipment. Size and scope can add or reduce the number of days this will take.
We will set up a monitoring service with SolarEdge. Once you have an account you can get alerts and see data incoming from your panels. We will have access to the monitoring service, and will get alerts if something goes wrong. This will be for the lifetime of the system. The only other thing to do is to enjoy the savings!
Vermilion Solar Model
During the consolation we will determine the best way to implement a solar array. Factors like roof age, tree coverage, south, east, and west facing roof sizes and access, and location will be considered. The size of the array will be affected by:
1. Your budget
2. How much of your electric bill you want to cover
3. The above factors. The system is usually sized by the summer usage, when you will get the most sun. The summer is when you will receive an income (on a monthly average) for producing energy and selling it back to the power company. The winter is when you will use the most amount of grid electricity, so there might be some money due with the electric bill. The idea is that you get as close to zero on a yearly average: receiving money in the summer, and giving in the winter.