So how long, on average, does the whole 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: when the ground freezes in winter, we’re not able to install the ground screws used to anchor 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 and mainly 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, when customers are involved in that phase, they typically end up slowing things down!)