How long does it take to get my solar electric system installed?

Posted on: June 30, 2016

your top 10 solar questionsHow long does it take to get my solar electric system installed?

You couldn’t be happier right now; you’ve just signed your contract for clean, renewable energy and are ready to have a solar system installed on your home. You’re excited to get the panels up and start saving money on your electric bill… when will your system actually go up on your roof?

Before you can fully enjoy your lower electricity bill, there are a few steps that have to happen. The process takes time, but ultimately it’s all for your benefit.

Here’s why:
First, we custom-design your solar system with your specific electricity needs and roof size in mind. It’s important that your system is designed to maximize your solar power production and save you on your monthly electricity costs. Our engineers calculate and project the sun’s angles over your home to determine your system’s yearly energy output. Every homeowner has a unique home and situation and we make sure you have the best system for YOU.

After the system is designed and the technical details are confirmed, we submit your system designs to the building department in your town to obtain a building permit. The length of time it takes to receive the permit varies by town. It can take up to 2 months to get the permits back. Energy By Choice takes care of all of the follow-up. We make sure your solar system adheres to your local regulations.

Simultaneously, we apply to PSEG LI to for system design approval and permission to operate. This can take between 2 weeks to a month.how long install graphic

Separately, we also assist you in securing any financing you may need to pay for the system.

Once all these things are in place, then you are ready to install.

The panels, racking and all materials are ordered and you will be given an estimated delivery and installation date. Generally speaking, the only thing that will alter that schedule is weather (for safety reasons, we do not install if it is raining).

mohr Jorge panelsThe installation itself takes about 2 to 3 days for an average-sized system, up to a week for larger systems. Your system will be up and running and you’ll immediately be able to see your production online.

Post install, you can expect an electrical inspection as well as an engineering and town inspection. They will all be coordinated by Energy By Choice and yourself for a day and time that’s convenient for you. This is to ensure everything was completed properly.

Overall, the process usually takes about 4 months total from start to finish, but varies depending on your local town and the utility company. Some projects go quickly; others can take a bit longer.

While there are some waiting periods, Energy By Choice takes care of the process for you, keeping you updated at every milestone. When it’s all said and done, you’ll be producing your own electricity at a fraction of what you were paying before you went solar!

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  • Matt Wantagh

    Sail and Bruce were awesome, making 5 visits to our home. We wanted to go with a local company instead of one of the big companies. We have not been disappointed with our choice. I highly recommend Energy By Choice! Tell them Matt sent you!

  • Ralph Smithtown

    We are extremely happy with our experience with Energy By Choice. The entire process went smoothly. No pressure sales. Went over all the options. Great customer service. Great installation. Couldn’t be happier!

  • Joe West Babylon

    Great Installation, Great Company, Great People. This is the first time I’ve ever dealt with a contractor and the estimate was exactly the same as the proposal !!!. No out of pocket expense. By the way I interviewed 8 companies. Energy by Choice was a pleasure to deal with. No buying pressure. My solar has been installed for 16 months. My electric bill was $350 a month. My connection charges average $12 a month. I’m saving $338 a month!

  • Mike Bethpage

    Very professional. They helped set up the financing, the permits and gave me the system that I wanted. After all the incentives I paid $16,000, but my bill is still over $100 cheaper than my budget payment. They also follow up with suggestions on how to get the most from your system. Sail’s the best.

  • Kyle Smithtown

    Great company, a pleasure to deal with. Low pressure and high quality.

  • Jennifer East Northport

    We had a wonderful experience with Energy by Choice. They were professional, clean, and extremely honest. Speaking from experience, we researched solar for months and I highly recommend this company. Thank you for everything Sail and team!

  • Laura Huntington

    Sail thank you so much for addressing my concerns so promptly and so completely. I have to tell you that the more my husband and I deal with your company, the more confident we are that we made the right decision in choosing you as our solar company and look forward to working with you.

  • Judy Mineola

    Helpful, honest; enjoyed the experience of the office personnel, (no pressure) from initial phone inquiry to certificate of completion. Getting better than half the cost returned from the State & Federal Gov. helped even more. Only thing left is to reap the rewards of the investment of our home & future. I would recommend Energy By Choice as a preference over the other companies who tried to push & sell their products to us.

  • Mary Massapequa Park

    All staff were very professional, friendly and knowledgeable. Sail is enthusiastic and passionate about the product. I didn’t feel pressured, but I was also given a very complete evaluation and comprehensive plan for the project. Since completion of the project, the company has continued to stay in touch. I feel like a member of a club.

  • Arlene Commack

    We met with Sail and he answered all of our questions and concerns. Sail put together a proposal that was perfect for our home and we’re so glad we had his expertise and knowledge to work from. We interviewed another national solar company who was offering a plan that would not have met our needs and would have been a financial disaster for us. Thanks again to Sail and his team of experts. We love our solar panels and, even more so, we love watching the meter run backwards!

  • Matt Wantagh

    We finally did it! We signed up for a new solar energy system with Energy By Choice. Bruce Howard and Sail Van Nostrand (the sales rep and owner) were terrific to deal with, and I would highly recommend to anyone thinking about converting to solar power!

  • Mike Mazol

    I just had my Solar Panel System installed this week. From the start of the process with Sail, and Steve and his crew at the end, it was totally professional. Steve and his team worked in a clean and safe manner and were definitely one of the best contractor teams I’ve had the pleasure to work with. At times you wouldn’t even know they were here doing the system. If you are thinking about getting Solar Power, I would highly recommend using Energy By Choice as the company to do the work.

  • Ernie Calverton

    I have been extremely happy with the service I received from this company and the way they treated me from the first call. They were incredibly patient, professional, and prompt from the start. The installation took one day, and when I got home the area had been cleaned up and looked good, and the system has been working incredibly well since then, with no problems whatsoever. I would recommend them to anyone.

  • Sue New Hyde Park

    Energy By Choice installed my solar several years ago and have yet to pay more than the mandatory few cents a day service fee by the electric company. While I have had no problems with my system, I have had questions and Sail Van Nostrand is always attentive to me and responds to my inquiries quickly and professionally. I whole heartedly recommend Energy By Choice to anyone looking for a solar contractor.

  • Joe West Babylon

    I couldn’t be more pleased with my experience with Energy By Choice. Sail and his entire staff are professional and compassionate about what they do. They want their customer to be well informed and happy from start to finish…Give them a call…You will NOT be disappointed!

  • Rich Port Jefferson Station.

    Your patience with me and your level of detail in explaining the job to me before, during and after the job was above and beyond the words thorough and professional.

  • Anthony Mattituck

    We were certainly impressed with your attention to detail from your initial presentation and throughout the system installation. Your service and product knowledge has proven to be second to none.

  • Mike Long Beach

    [Sail] designed and installed the right system for our home. His crew was eager to be part of the amazing “revolution

  • Jerry Baiting Hollow

    From the start your approach was professional, and every step of the way you clearly and accurately represented the parameters of the project. The only surprises that we had were positive ones: the neatness of the work was exceptional and the effect of the solar cells on our electric bill exceeded our expectations.