Installing a solar power system is a major investment. While a professional solar panel installation company makes the process of installation hassle-free, there are some things that you need to know and must do once the installation of your panels has finished. The list of things that you need to tackle after installation will help ensure that you get the most out of this major investment.
Following are 5 things to know and do after you get solar roof panels installed:
1. Print and Store a Copy of Your Contract
Your solar system installer will offer a warranty for their work. Generally, the warranty period is 25 years long. Apart from the labor warranty, the solar panels and inverters have their own warranty that the manufacturer provides. So, make sure that you know the model numbers for all the components in the solar power system and what the warranty covers. It is highly recommended that you print and store a copy of all of these documents.
2. Meter Change and Connecting to the Grid
After the installation of your solar roof panels, your existing meter will need to be replaced by a new import/export meter to allow you to connect your solar system to the grid. Generally, a solar panel installation company notifies the relevant energy distributor after the installation to organize for this meter change. However, it would be a good idea to contact them yourself and make sure that the process has initiated.
3. Apply for Your Incentives
With the installation of a solar power system, you will at least have access to the federal solar tax credit and you may be eligible for local and state incentives as well. So, make sure that you know what these are and apply for them. You will need to use the IRS Form 5696 in case of the federal tax credit. This is an easy form to fill out as you will only need to know the price that you have paid for the system. Do keep in mind that this is not a rebate but a tax credit. This means that you will only be able to reduce your federal tax liability. Many states also have income tax credits for solar power system, so it is recommended that you check those as well.
4. Call Your Home Insurance Company
Solar panels are a major investment and they do increase the value of your home. So, it is highly recommended that you do everything you can to protect them. One key way to do it is your home insurance. Homeowner’s insurance usually covers solar panels but you should call your provider to let them know about your installation. You may be asked to submit relevant documents and/or photos so make sure to have them ready.
5. Solar Panel Cleaning and Maintenance
Solar panel cleaning and maintenance is crucial to ensure efficient operation of your panels. The panels should be kept clean of bird/bat droppings, leaves, dust, debris, etc. as this will have an effect on their efficiency and could be a significant financial loss over your solar system’s lifespan.
In conclusion, these are a few key things that you need to know and do after getting your solar roof panels installed so that you can get the most out of this major investment.
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