As every experienced contractor knows, the success of a solar installation is determined long before you lay the first panel on the roof.
And whether the solar system is 3 kW or 300 kW, your approach to every installation should be the same.
Is there a process in place to obtain the required permits? Are your equipment and material lists accurate? Is every member of your installation team working from the same, up-to-date site plan?
Whether you’re new to solar contracting or you’re an experienced installer – there are services available during the planning and design stages that can help your business to succeed.
With an enhanced solar system design process, you’ll have shorter turnaround times and streamlined installations – not to mention happier staff and customers.
And most importantly of all – you’ll be ready to make this your biggest year yet.
It All Starts with The Design Process
A detailed and accurate solar system design can be the difference between a smooth installation and a headache that costs you time and money – not to mention creating an unhappy client.
The design stage is when you can identify challenges, consult with installation crews, plan your equipment, and book an installation date with nothing left to chance.
As a guide, your design paperwork may include some (if not all) of the following documents:
- A solar system design and site plan
- A site shade analysis
- A single line wiring diagram
- Structural and engineering reports
- A bill of materials and equipment list
- A completed solar permit application
- A customer user manual
- A final commissioning report
In essence, the design and planning stage is your opportunity to eliminate all of the variables and lock down an installation that runs on time and on budget.
If you’re finding the design phase challenging – or you need some extra help to manage your planning workload – Solerus Energy can work with you through the process.
We offer a range of solar design services, from basic system layouts and performance projections to detailed reports with 3D system designs, equipment lists, and site shading analysis. For more information, visit our design services page to see how we can help you to improve the speed and accuracy of your solar system designs.
Solar Permits Made Simple
Obtaining the relevant solar permits is arguably the most crucial step in the planning process, relying heavily on your business’s organizational skills and attention to detail. Get the paperwork right, and it will be a smooth process; get it wrong, and you’ll incur costly delays and re-submissions to obtain the approval.
As a starting point, contractors can search the national solar licensing map from the Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC), which provides straightforward information about requirements in each state.
A streamlined permit application process not only speeds up the job at hand – it keeps you in good standing with city departments, which can benefit your business in the long run.
At Solerus Energy, we offer a full Permit Plan Set to take the guesswork out of your permit application process. Including a cover page, site layout, roof and wiring plans, equipment details, and labels – it contains everything you need to guarantee approval from your first visit to the permit office.
The Benefits of an Expert System Design
It’s clear that 2020 is going to be a big year for all solar contractors – but is your business ready to meet the challenge?
To achieve success in a market that’s growing more competitive by the day, you need a streamlined planning and design process to complete more installations and minimize delays.
With the help of a professional solar design partner, contractors can benefit from:
- Faster approvals of solar permit applications
- Shorter time frames between contract acceptance and installation
- More accurate equipment ordering and fewer procurement errors
- Quicker and more efficient solar system installations
- A shorter installation pipeline with fewer returns back to the worksite
- Higher client satisfaction and increased referral rates
It’s important to understand that as a solar contractor, you don’t need to take on every challenge by yourself. Seeking some expert assistance – particularly during the crucial design and planning stage – can improve your efficiency, reduce your operating costs, and allow you to focus on what you do best.
The Right Supply Partner Can Streamline the Entire Process
The key to a successful business is often the creation of successful partnerships. Solerus Energy is more than just an equipment distributor; we also offer a complete range of solar design and planning services. Whether you’re installing a basic system, or you need an entire package covering the design, permit paperwork, and even a commissioning report – Solerus Energy is here to help.
Speak with one of our NABCEP-accredited solar design experts, and we’ll be happy to discuss your requirements and the ways that we can help you find new levels of success.
Solerus is a trusted solar energy equipment supplier, empowering contractors to develop agile solutions for commercial and residential clients. We provide a range of best-in-class solar products that are backed by an industry-leading 25-year warranty, designed to provide you with unparalleled peace of mind.
To learn more about government solar incentives and the equipment you’ll need to have happy customers at a price that you’ll love, feel free to contact one of our knowledgeable specialists today!