HOW DO I GET SOLAR?
1) Attend a Solarize Workshop
These workshops will be an opportunity for you to learn more about solar power, what the benefits are, the costs involved, and how you can make solar work at your home or business. The workshops will also be an opportunity to ask questions. Attending a Solarize workshop is not mandatory – you may still participate in the program if you can’t attend a workshop.
2) Sign Up for Solarize Michigan
Sign up on the Solarize Michigan website or at a Solarize Michigan workshop. The questionnaire will ask questions that will help us understand if you are a good candidate for solar. The Solarize team will then review your application to see if you are a good candidate.
3) Yes! My home is a strong match. Now the contractor will determine your solar system size and configuration.
A contractor from the Solarize team will come to look at your roof and your home. The contractor who visits your home has been prequalified by Solarize Michigan based, among other things, upon his or her experience, past customer satisfaction, and low cost offerings. The contractor’s visit will also be an opportunity for you to ask more questions about the process.
The contractor will work with you to determine the right size of a solar system for your home or business, and provide you with a written quote.
4) Get your price quote and financing options
There are many options for financing, like home equity loans, Michigan Saves™ low interest loans, or refinancing. Your contractor will also assist you in applying for incentives, rebates and tax credits, including a federal investment tax credit that covers 30% of the full solar system cost.
5) Permits and inspections
Your solar system will require an electrical permit and possibly a construction permit as well. The system will also require an interconnection agreement with your utility. Your renewable energy system must also pass city or township inspections for safety and code compliance. Your contractor will handle all permitting and approvals as necessary.
6) Installations should be timely
Your contractor should provide a time estimate for completion. Once the paperwork is complete and the solar panels and other materials are delivered, installation should be completed in less than one week.
7) All workmanship as well as your solar system is warranted
Your contractor should provide a time estimate for completion. Once the paperwork is complete and the solar panels and other materials are delivered, actual installation time is typically less than one week.
8) Your energy supply is backed up
Because you remain connected to the grid, you always have a ready supply of electricity even on cloudy or snowy days.
9) Save on electricity costs for months and years ahead
Producing some of your own power at home will lower your electric bill or eliminate it entirely. Your system should last for at least 25 years. Studies have shown that solar systems add value to your home as well.