Solar Installation Timeline In A Nutshell | Simply Solar

Solar Installation Checklist

From first call to install, know what happens during each stage of a solar installation.


Begin by thinking about what you want from your solar system, whether it be to save money, save the environment, or both. When you’re ready, contact expert solar installers in California, and they will consult with you in person or virtually about what you need based on prior power usage. No question about solar installation in the Bay Area is a dumb question, so ask away!


California solar power installers will visit your site and determine what’s needed to maximize your solar panel system based on the site itself. Our California solar installers will analyze your roof, gather information, and relay it back to our design team. This step allows us to design a solar energy system custom to your site to make your solar installation in the Bay Area as optimal as possible!


After evaluation and surveying, a good solar installer in California will design a system truly tailored to your needs. The goal is to give you the best design possible to collect energy and ultimately shrink your energy bill. After all, solar installation in the Bay Area takes advantage of the great weather to save you money!


Don’t be intimidated by this step when you have California solar power installers on your side. Once we are in this phase, Simply Solar will take care of all the necessary paperwork, permitting, handling of materials, and finalization of the project. You just sit back, relax, and enjoy your journey towards energy independence as our California solar power installers handle the paperwork!


Construction begins! With consistent updates and an open line of communication, your solar installers in California will make sure you know what is going on every step of the way. Your project will start with minimal disruption to your everyday life and energy usage.


Once the work is completed, we want to make sure everything is up to the highest quality and standard. Simply Solar will handle all Bay Area solar installation inspections, so there are no hiccups when it’s finally time to turn on your system! Once we receive final PTO or Permission to Operate, our California solar power installers will connect your panels to the grid and you’ll start generating clean solar power!


The day has arrived! It is time to flip the switch on and start enjoying the renewable energy collected from the sun’s rays. Throw a party or call your mom—it’s time to CELEBRATE! By working with solar installers in California to make the switch to solar, you are playing a part in protecting our planet, and saving money while doing it. 

Contact Simply Solar today and let us help you start on your journey, powered by sunlight!

Solar Installation Timeline, Simply Solar


Common Questions About Going Solar

Solar is cool and all, but how much does it cost?

There are a lot of factors that will affect the cost of your solar install. Some of these factors include: your energy consumption, the type of installation you want/need, shading of your home, and more. Your solar expert/guru/guide will make sure that you get exactly what you pay for when you make the jump!

Are there financing options for a solar installation?

There are a number of financing options available. Solar loans are a great option, with many solar energy loans you can finance your whole system. Determining is best for you will depend on available capital, your tax situation, and your personal preference.

Time is money, how long will it take to install my solar system?

You want it, and you want it now!! We hear you, and want to get your solar system installed as quickly as possible. Patience, our going green connoisseur, there are just a few items that need to be taken care of before the actual installation! Before the panels can be put in, there is a permitting process that can take up to 4 months. Simply Solar will handle all of this for you so you can spend that time thinking about all the money you’ll save after going solar! After the permits are finalized, a residential installation takes anywhere from 2-4 days. Commercial installations can be a little different and timelines can vary. 

I’ve heard there are tax credits when you go solar, what are they and how do they work?

The Investment Tax Credit is a 26% federal tax credit available through the end of 2020. The credit will decrease to 22% for systems installed in 2021, and unless renewed by congress, the credit is set to expire in 2022. What all of this means is you are able to deduct the tax credit percentage from your federal taxes. “As long as you own your solar energy system, you are eligible for the solar investment tax credit. Even if you don’t have enough tax liability to claim the entire credit in one year, you can “roll over” the remaining credits into future years for as long as the tax credit is in effect. However, remember that if you sign a lease or PPA with a solar installer, you are not the owner of the system, and thus you cannot receive the tax credit.” -(Source:

How do I know if my house gets enough sun?

Here comes the sun… but my house is in the shade. A lot of shading on your roof will affect a solar system. The best way to answer this question is to schedule a consultation. Our Solar Experts will tell you if your home collects the right amount of sunlight to make solar energy the right option.

How long does a solar system last?

Solar panels do slowly degrade over time, which is why proper care and maintenance is recommended to maximize the lifespan of your panels. Our Solar panel partners offer product and power output warranties on their products from 25-30 years.