Energy Efficiency + Solar

Steps for Energy Efficiency + Solar Installation


Step 1- Energy Consultation

The initial consultation entails one of our energy consultants coming to your home to visit with you about the options available for your specific needs. The consultant will look at your electric bills (ideally for the past year) to average your consumption. They will look at the location of your home, its size, and how many people are accessing its energy. After these factors are revealed, you and the energy consultant can explore what options are best for you. In some cases this may include energy efficiency upgrades and solar combined, and in others, may be strictly energy efficiency. If solar and energy upgrades is the option that you choose, the Energy Consultant will then give you an approximate idea of the size and of the system you will need and the corresponding price of that system. You will also be able to get a visual reference of your new solar installation by using satellite and computer software that displays what your specific panel layout will entail.


Step 2- Energy Assessment

 If you are curious about what energy efficiency upgrades can mean for your household, the energy audit is an option. The audit occurs when our energy efficiency expert comes to your home and looks at the general makeup of your residence. It is at this time that certain tests may be performed, such as window and door assessment, attic evaluation, blower door testing, thermal imaging/infrared scanning, duct system test, and CAZ (combustion appliance zone) testing. This visit will enable us to look at what we can do to help make your home both more comfortable and more energy-efficient. With energy efficiency upgrades, your home will require less energy, which translates to the size requirement of your solar system decreasing.


Step 3- System Design & Engineering

During this stage, the information and plan set that you and your energy consultant discussed at the consultation is now reviewed. It is at this stage that our solar design team carefully looks at the structure of the home and engineering that will be implemented. The designers and engineers ensure that the system is within regulation, safe, visually appealing, and that it’s at the maximum capable efficiency. In rare cases some modifications or adjustments may be needed. If that occurs, you will be contacted to discuss the changes, so we can then proceed with your project.


Step 4- Energy Saving Upgrades

The upgrades go along with the results of your energy assessment and occur after you choose to make the commitment to energy efficiency for your home. They could mean special insulation, different lighting options, or other little assorted adjustments that can ultimately translate to big savings for you. After the upgrades have been conducted testing will be performed to measure projected savings and efficiency has been met.


Step 5- Permits & Applications

This step may seem like it’s endlessly long, but fear not, we have not forgotten you. Rather, our background team spends this time ensuring that you have a smooth transition prior to your actual installation. All permits and applications will be filled out for you and processed, including financing and city inspection paperwork. We truly want this process to be as easy as possible for you, and will keep you notified about your status as we go along.


Step 6- Solar Panel Installation

Yay! It’s installation time! This stage involves our installers and electricians coming and attaching the panels in whichever way you have chosen (roof, ground-mount, or portable building). The important thing to remember here is that there is a process involved, so once the panels are on your site there are still a couple more items to finalize before you can expect to see the benefits of solar on your electric bill.


Step 7- Inspection & Net Metering

Almost there! Smart Energy cares about your safety and wants to ensure that everything is working properly and in agreeance with your utility provider. Your utility provider will send a person from their company to inspect your new solar installation along with the electric work. This is done to make sure that it meets the specifications of your electric provider and is safe for you and the utility provider. If changes need to be made, we will be contacted and handle all revisions necessary to meet the inspection requirements. This is also the stage of the project that the net metering will take place. The municipality will replace out your meter with a bi-directional meter that allows the energy you produce to travel to and from the grid. This allows you to send the energy you produce during the day to your electric provider and then you pull it back from the grid when you are at home in the evening using your power.


Step 8- Turn On Savings & Comfort

Turn On Savings & Comfort- Start Enjoying the benefits of reduced electric bills, a reduced carbon footprint, and the life of self-sustainability.