Yesterday Sungevity installed solar panels at our house. Last week they informed us that they were ready to do the installation, since the town permit was completed and the panels were ready.
There were four installers that came around 8:30 am, and they actually finished the job by 4pm. A few additional people stopped by to help, including another person to install panels and an electrician.
They did an awesome job and was able to do the entire job in a day. Sungevity originally told us that it was going to take a couple of days to get it done. I am thinking that if we had a bigger house, or harder to reach roof, it would have been a longer installation process.
Some tips that I gathered from their visit:
- Make sure there's plenty of room for the workers in the basement. If you have a lot of things that are around the patch panel you should clear it away.
- We needed to move both our cars out of the driveway so that they could park their vans as close to the house as possible.
- If it's a hot day, have some cold water available for the workers.
- The team that did our house didn't have any power splitters so they could charge some of their tools. I have to use an outdoor power splitter to help them out.
- The electrician needed to cut the power for about a half hour. Since we were working from home, it made it tricky to stay online, we ended up using the hotspot capabilities on our iPhones. They did give us plenty of warning on when the power was going to be shut off.
- There's going to be a lot of noise. The workers on the roof, as well as those working around the patch panel will be loud. If your working from home, avoid having any important conference calls.
- We ended up locking our cats in the guest room since the workers need to have a window open in the basement.
- I took lots of pictures of them doing the work, but not a lot of before pictures. (Seriously how many people take pictures of their roof?) It's not a bad idea to take some before pictures so you know what the house looked like before.
- Sungevity installs a small box next to the electric box in the front of the house, or where ever your electric meter is. There's another two boxes that get attached to the house just below the panels.
- We got a visit from the Sungevity sales team encouraging us to let our friends know how much we liked the installation process.
- We left the workers alone most of the time. When they arrived they just needed to know how to get access to the basement and to our backyard. They didn't need anything else from us, other than where the bathroom was.
If you have any questions about using Sungevity or any solar panels. I am happy to talk about our experience and answer any questions that you may have. Feel free to leave your phone number on the feedback form and we'll give you a call back.