If you’re going solar, there’s more to the process of installing photovoltaic (PV) panels than there is to just installing conventional HVAC equipment. Because PV modules are typically installed on the roof of a home, the process often requires getting local government approval.
Most municipal governments will have a unique set of requirements for installing solar power in your home. In general, restrictions may focus on the type of unit you can install, who can actually install it, and whether to tie your system to your utility company’s grid (in some cases, the latter is required). To avoid problems down the line, here’s what you need to know:
- Know the codes – Local building codes will generally require that your installation comply with local standards for building and electrical work. In short, your system will have to pass inspection on both fronts to get approval. You may also need a variance or conditional-use permit before you can begin installation. Work with an HVAC contractor who’s well versed in local codes to avoid problems down the line — and potentially higher installation costs should you have to change electrical wiring after the solar system is installed.
- Get familiar with easements – Because your solar PV system requires a certain amount of sun to operate, it may be necessary – and to your benefit – to get an easement, or an agreement with landowners who own property adjacent to yours. Negotiated easements keep our neighbors from building any structure in the future that may block your modules’ ability to access the sun.
- Discover covenants and ordinances – These will also vary from one community to another; however, it’s critical to know whether or not your local covenants and ordinances support or prohibit renewable energy systems — before starting your solar installation. (If you live in an unincorporated area, you’ll likely not have to deal with most of these issues.)
Going solar? Is your home ready? Get in touch with Mowery Heating, Air Conditioning and Plumbing today, and we’ll send one of our solar experts to your home to make sure it’s ready for the switch. We’ve been serving homeowners in the greater Indianapolis area for more than 40 years.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Brownsburg, Indiana and surrounding areas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).
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