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Installing Long Island Solar Panels

The process of installing Long Island solar panels begins after you sign a contract with a company in the area. Usually it takes three to four months to install the solar array. This may surprise many people at first, but most of this time period is dedicated to cutting through the red tape that is involved, such as taking care of building permits and/or construction permits as well as getting approval for the utility rebate you will be receiving. As far as the actual, physical installation of Long Island solar panels is concerned, it really only takes two to five days!

The best companies in the area have this process broken down into five phases, the first of which is the layout phase, which usually takes one or two days. The crew is going to identify rafters and confirm that the system design is going to match the layout on the rafters, and then they drill holes for the mounting system. Quickmounts are going to be inserted into the holes and the flashing is caulked to make sure that there wont be any water leakage.

The next phase is the actual installation of the Long Island solar panels, which also takes one or two days (some of the phases are normally done somewhat simultaneously). Rails are attached to the quickmounts and are aligned to create a level plane and tightened. Panels are then mounted to those rails and wired together, being tightened and secured below the panels so that nothing hangs loosely. This prevents damage from rubbing against the shingles. The panels are grounded, and conduit from the junction box runs through the soffit and stops near the inverters.

System commissioning takes one day, which enables the direct current to be transformed to alternating current which can be used by your home. Inverters are hung on the exterior of the house, and the wiring from the Long Island solar panels are connected to the inverters. Live AC wires are connected to your meter, and an electrician then makes the final electrical connections.

Data monitoring takes about half of a day, when the company will monitor your systems performance remotely over the Internet. The display shows real time data from the newly installed system. The final step is a continuation of monitoring and final inspections, when the company will take line voltage measurements and inverter readings to verify that everything with your new Long Island solar panels is working as it should.

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