Customer Installation of the Month – June
June 2015 Winner: Joe N. from Spokane, WA
“My reason for adding solar was to offset my utility expenses and to be more environmentally conscious. So far I have been able to produce 100% of my needs and have extra credits for later in the year when production is reduced in winter.” — Joe N., Installation of the Month Winner
How long was the full installation process from receiving your equipment to flipping the switch? How many people did it take?
Installation took 63 hrs. 45 to upgrade my service to 200amp and 18 to install the solar panels. I did the installation with the help of a friend and a few little helpers (3 young children )
Did you have any previous construction experience?
I do have some experience with construction. I built my own cabin for a vacation home a few years ago and learned a lot with that process. I have also remodeled bathrooms and kitchens a few time over the years.
What was the most confusing or difficult part of the installation?
The most confusing part was probably the AC connections to the grid. And the permitting process. Our city planning commission hadn’t had any requests for permits from homeowners in the past and they really questioned my understanding and ability to install the system. With all the information provided by wholesale solar it was relatively easy to answer their questions regarding code requirements and actually educate them on how the system functions. The fire Marshall gave me a list of requirements as well and my design and equipment met and or exceeded all the required criteria.
Were there any unforeseen additional parts or tools you needed?
I did need a crimp tool to secure new connections on cables to ensure proper length. I would recommend that as an option to anyone doing their own installation.
How did you choose to self-install?
After numerous quotes from the professional installers in our area I felt with my experience, and some advice from a few friends who are electricians I could do it myself for A LOT Less.
What was your primary reason for adding solar to your home?
My reasoning for adding solar was to offset my utility expenses and to be more environmentally conscious. Our utility produces power primarily from hydro sources which they feel is a renewable resource but I have concerns about damming rivers and reduced fish runs. I feel much better about producing my own power and reducing or eliminating my dependence on the grid. So far I have been able to produce 100% of my needs and have extra credits for later in the year when production is reduced in winter.
Thanks Joe, and congratulations on your new solar system!
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