Installation of the Month – December 2015
Interview with Ronak G.
How long was the full installation process from receiving your equipment to flipping the switch?
We bought this system through Wholesale Solar and had it installed by a local certified solar installer. Our contract with solar installer was just for labor and the installer warrantied their installation.
After we received the material from Wholesale Solar, it just took the installer three days to finish the installation. But it took two weeks for the system to actually get online as the utility company replaced the existing meter to net meter after two weeks.
Did you have any previous construction experience?
I am an Architect by profession, so I have lots of construction experience. But as I mentioned, the installation was contracted to a certified solar installer.
What was the most confusing or difficult part of the installation?
The installation went very smooth. It was actually more work selecting the right system. But I am very thankful to Jeremy Allen from Wholesale Solar who was very helpful in selecting the right system and answering all my questions.
Our HERS rating for the house before Solar installation was 48. After Solar installation our HERS rating went down to 3. Thus our house is Zero Energy Home.” – Ronak G., Installation of the Month Winner
Were there any unforeseen additional parts or tools you needed?
There was additional wiring, conduits, disconnect box, junction boxes and plywood backing for inverter mounting required.
How did you choose to self-install?
The solar company who installed the system was 10% over priced for the same size system. By buying the system components from Wholesale Solar we saved at least 10% and got much better panels and inverter.
What was your primary reason for adding solar to your home?
Our house has a geothermal system for heating and cooling. We have no natural gas, propane or oil, so our house completely relies on electricity for energy. Our HERS rating for the house before solar installation was 48. After solar installation our HERS rating went down to 3. Thus our house is Zero Energy Home.
Thanks Ronak, and congratulations on your new solar system!
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