What is Solar Interconnection?

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Key steps you need to complete for a fully functional home energy solar panel system include obtaining quotes, choosing your solar equipment, selecting a local home solar panel installer, and the actual installation. Another related step in going solar is connecting your home’s solar power system to the local utility grid, commonly known as solar interconnection.

Getting Connected to the Grid

Most solar panel installations, whether ground or roof, are connected to the North American power grid. When your solar panel system isn’t producing electricity during cloudy days or in the evening, you can draw power from the grid. When your solar panels generate more electricity than your family needs, the excess kilowatt-hours (kWh) are exported to the utility power grid.

A limited number of homeowners will install a 100% off-grid solar panel system, avoiding the interconnection process altogether. This approach is very expensive and generally not cost-effective for most property owners. With continuous technological innovations in solar storage backup batteries and lower consumer battery prices, going completely off-grid may become affordable for the average residential property owner before 2030.

Applying for Interconnection and Permission to Operate

The two steps involved in the solar panel system interconnection process are applying for interconnection and receiving permission to operate. Government regulations and local utility companies by law must make certain your system meets electrical safety standards before connection to the power grid.

Common types of information required for this application include general details about your property, your electricity usage history, and detailed specs of the system you’re looking to design. Specifications needed are equipment, solar panel system size, production estimates, system design, and the green energy system location on your property.

Once your local electric utility, APS, or SRP in Metro Phoenix, grants approval for the installation, you and your local solar panel installer can proceed with the rest of the solar array installation process. After your home’s solar panel system is installed, running properly, and your municipal government has finished their inspection process, the final step towards connecting to the power grid is receiving permission to operate.

Research Your Solar Options

The first step towards going solar is to research your solar panel system options and then connect with your professional installers at Cool Blew Solar. Locally owned, our experienced technicians will be happy to answer all your questions. Call Cool Blew Solar today at 623-234-2836.