Flow Home’s dedicated technician will visit the property to confirm the system design, verify measurements, and adjust for shade and obstructions on roof. After the site evaluation, a solar design expert will make any number of adjustments to the customized plan to ensure everything looks and operates perfectly. From site visit to design, it can take between 3 to 5 weeks.
After design plans are finalized, they will be submitted by Flow Home to the local city government Authority Having Jurisdiction (AHJ) for permitting. Permit approvals are subject to schedule of the governing AHJ Department. This can take anywhere from 2 to 8 weeks.
After permit approval, Flow Home will contact the property owner to schedule installation. When Flow Home’s install team arrives, they will go over the design plans for final approval before they begin. Once the Flow Home installation crew wraps up the job, they’ll finish by giving the property owner a full Solar 101 on the system. Depending on the size of property and system, this phase takes 1 to 5 days.
There must be a final inspection by the city or county before the system can be connected to the grid. Depending upon the time of install, the backlog of solar inspections, and the local government, the estimated time to complete this step is generally 1 to 4 weeks.
Two things that need to happen before the system can produce electricity. First, Flow Home will submit the documents to the utility company to connect to the grid. This usually takes 1 to 2 weeks. Second, the utility company has to install net metering to track how much energy is producing. Flow Home will have little control over how long this step is going to take!