Installation of the Month – July 2015
“About an hour after my system was programmed it was making power and running the meter backwards. That is a very good feeling to be putting energy back to the grid instead of taking from it!” — Marshall E., Installation of the Month Winner
Interview with Marshall E.
How long was the full installation process from receiving your equipment to flipping the switch? How many people did it take?
I received the package on July 10th. I had a roofing contractor, three helpers and myself laying the design out on my garage floor on July 13th. We had the design laid out after about four hours. We spent the next two days on the roof and then we had a rain day. We finished 98% of the roof install on Friday the 17th. We had to get a couple of small pieces in the mail and installed them on and finished the roof install on Monday the 20th.
I had a little trouble finding a 150amp double pole breaker. The first one they sent had one leg open (bad breaker). It took a week to get another one. Then it took another week to get the power company to install a bi-directional meter. Once the meter was installed myself and a certified electrician that I hired followed the directions and set the system up and it programs itself.
Did you have any previous construction experience?
Yes, I’ve worked on some remodeling jobs and I was general contractor on the construction of my home that was built seven years ago. I had a lot of hands on experience on that project.
What was the most confusing or difficult part of the installation?
The most difficult for me was getting the optimizer hooked up in series and hooking the optimizer to the panel. It could be so simple if there was a picture of two or three optimizers and panels hooked together.
Were there any unforeseen additional parts or tools you needed?
Everything was there but no extra. I talked with the workers before they started the roof install but things still came up missing.
How did you choose to self-install?
Through my research on the Internet it seem like something I wanted to tackle. It didn’t look that difficult.
What was your primary reason for adding solar to your home?
My home is total electric, it is 6800 sq.ft. all heated and cooled. You can understand I had some sizable electric bills. The first bill I received after my solar system was on line was $20.00. My newest power bill is $5.00 and I banked 1400 kw! YaHu!
Thanks Marshall, and congratulations on your new solar system!
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