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Posted on August 30th, 2023
5 Steps Before Installing Solar
- Call us first. If you’re considering purchasing solar, it’s important to understand how net metering, demand billing and current regulation could impact you. Call us first at 800-489-7405 and speak with our marketing and development representatives.
- Understand how net metering works. Most arrays will provide you with a portion of the electricity needed but won’t meet all of your needs. At night and on cloudy days, you’ll need more power than your array can produce. That means you’ll still be connected to First Electric’s power lines where energy can flow both ways. First Electric has set policies and procedures in place for interconnecting solar arrays to our grid. In order for your solar array to be interconnected, learn how net metering works.
- Make your home more energy-efficient. Adding insulation, sealing air leaks and completing other energy efficiency enhancements can cut your energy costs immediately resulting in the need for a smaller solar array. In order to determine the size of the solar array that you will need, review your past electric bills to determine your energy use needs.
- Economics. If you purchase a solar array, you will be the owner, which means you will be responsible for the purchase price as well as any ongoing maintenance and repair costs. Consider all expenses you could incur during the lifetime of the array. These costs may include installation, interconnection costs, insurance and taxes. Any financial incentives available will help reduce your investment costs. One great resource is dsireusa.org which includes an interactive map showing federal and state incentives, credits, grants, loans and rebates.
- Questions. If you decide to purchase solar, be certain you have the technology available to view and read the array production. First Electric cannot see this information, only what the member is using on the meter. If you experience any issues or have a complaint about an array’s production, please reach out to the Attorney General’s office to file a consumer complaint report.