So how long, on average, does the process take?
The short answer is: it depends. For most roof-mounted systems in Vermont, it’s a pretty seamless process (as long as you don’t need any electrical upgrades). So, from the time your evaluation is complete to the time you’re powered up, it’s about two months, on average. For ground mounted systems though, we need to consider the time of year. Because the ground freezes in the winter, we’re not able to install the ground screws used for the array. So if you decide to go solar in the late fall, you may not be installed until the following spring.
In New York, every municipality has different regulations for installing solar, so timing is tricky to predict. It really depends on how quickly your municipality can process your application. It could be two months, or it could be six months. The good news for our New York customers is they don’t have to go to planning board meetings or talk to the municipality. SunCommon takes care of that for all of our customers. In fact, often when customers try to get involved with that phase, they typically end up slowing things down.