Maine Solar Solutions takes a consultative approach when working with our customers. Our goal is to provide you with the information that you need to make an informed decision.
Step 1: An Introductory Phone Call
The first step is a brief phone call where we gather some information and schedule a free solar site evaluation. We confirm your address, collect some information about your home, and determine your annual electricity usage. If possible we might ask for some photos of your electrical service panel and ask you to let us know if any generator equipment if present.
Step 2: A Free Solar Site Assessment
For a rooftop solar array, we will measure your roof, determine its pitch and orientation, conduct a thorough shade reading and roof measurement. We assess your electrical service and discuss the panel layout and location of wire runs.
If a ground mount is desired or determined to be the best option, we will suggest array locations and educate you about fixed versus tracking solar arrays.
Step 3: Presentation of a Preliminary Solar Proposal
During your free assessment, we will present you with a preliminary solar proposal. We typically present a few different system options as system size and solar panel choice will impact the final system price. We illustrate the difference between different solar panel manufacturers and the panels they offer. We show how system size affects the installed cost as well as financing options, an explanation of how solar policy works on Maine, and review tax credit and solar policy in Maine.
Throughout this process, we welcome your questions and feedback. Our goal is to get you the information you need to make an informed decision.
Step 4: Explore Options
A review of optional solutions such as battery storage systems.
Battery Storage: Advances in battery technology allow solar customers to consider the installation of batteries with their solar system to provide back-up power during outages. Sophisticated storage systems allow for greater self-consumption of solar electricity, thus reducing reliance on the grid.
Step 5: Revised Solar Proposal
Based on the information gathered during the site evaluation, as well as your feedback on the preliminary proposals, we will prepare a fixed cost, revised proposal. We are happy to revise your proposal so that we can present a solution that meets your budget and renewable energy goals.
Step 6: Solar Installation
If you choose to have Maine Solar install your solar electric system, we will prepare an installation contract. We manage all aspects of the system installation including permitting, utility paperwork, and registering your system. This can all be done online.
Our qualified and experienced installation team will get the job done quickly and professionally, ensuring a safe and code-compliant installation. After installation, we will activate your system and set up your monitoring software. We warranty our installations for ten years and will be there to assist you with any questions you may have.