Frequently asked questions
Size Matters.You’re ready for a highly efficient, money-saving solar system on your roof. Great! So, what size solar system should you have? Hey, you’ve got better things to do than worry about that. Which is why 100 PowerLink will help handle all the details for you. Not only are we an experienced provider, we have proprietary solar design technology called SolarPlus to help us create a customized system that maximizes energy production better and faster than if we did it by hand.
Every household is going to be different depending on a number of factors. That’s why our solar experts are here to help you sort through all the technical stuff. So instead of wracking your brain over “how many solar panels will I need?” or “what kind of inverter do I buy?”, prepare yourself by asking these questions instead.
How much power do I need? Check your electric bills to see how many kilowatts you use on an average day. A typical system generates 5 kilowatts per day but your home may need more or less.
After your sign your 100 PowerLink agreement, you’re ready for solar panel installation. The best part? You don’t have to lift a finger because we take care of everything from scheduling to submitting permits, to working with the city, and securing those big, beautiful panels to your roof. Naturally you’ll have questions, and we’ll be right there with you answering them every step of the way.
Here’s what you can expect:
A technician will visit you in your home to confirm your system design, verify measurements, and adjust for shade and obstructions on your roof.
Timing: 1-2 weeks
Following site evaluation, our solar design experts will make any necessary adjustments to your original home solar system design and email you for final approval.
Timing: 1-3 weeks
Once you give the green light, we’ll submit your design to the city for permitting. The timing now depends on how quickly local government works and can take up to eight weeks.
Timing: 2-8 weeks
After your permit is granted, we’ll get to work placing those gorgeous new panels on your roof! 100 PowerLink will be performing your solar installation. We use in house installers, so you can rest assured knowing you’ll have the highest quality solar installation available.
Timing: 2-5 days
When construction is finished, the city or county will do a final inspection before your system can be connected to the grid.
Timing: 1-4 weeks
Now you’re in the home stretch. We’ll submit your documents to the utility company and they’ll install a net meter allowing Sunrun to track how much solar electricity you produce and use. Timing: 3-6 weeks
Power Up and Start Saving
When the utility company grants Permission to Operate, that means you’re free to flip the switch and start generating clean, affordable, money-saving energy right from your roof. Congratulations, you’re ready to soak up savings from the sun.
1. Solar Panels
Solar panels are made of photovoltaic cells that convert sunlight to direct current electricity (DC electricity). As long as the sun ray’s are making contact with your roof, your panels are converting solar radiation into DC electricity. And if it’s cloudy out? Don’t worry, your panels will be working hard rain or shine. But your electricity isn’t ready just yet—you’ll need an inverter to get the kind of power you need to turn the lights on.
The inverter is a device that takes the DC electricity produced by your solar panels and turns it into alternating current electricity (AC electricity). It’s typically installed on an exterior wall of your house, or in the garage.
3. Main Electric Service Panel
Solar electricity from your inverter flows to the electrical panel, and then into to your home where it powers your lights and appliances. If your panels generate more solar energy than you use, the excess power will flow into the utility grid. Even better? You will even earn extra energy discounts from your Electricity Provider based on their Tariff In-Feed rates (differs for each power company).
When your system produces more than you need, the excess energy is sold back to your utility and credited to your monthly electric bill. When you need more energy than your solar system can produce, your home will automatically pull the energy from your utility.
Easy, right? That’s how we like solar too. When you choose 100 PowerLink, going solar is no sweat, including figuring out how it works. And if you’ve still got questions? No problem. Contact our solar consultants today and see just how easy going solar can be.