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Quick Guide to Solar

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Quick Guide to Going Solar

So, you’ve been thinking about solar energy ever since your friends told you how much money they are saving. Or maybe you want to do your part for the environment. You might have even heard the government will PAY for a percentage of your Solar System (yep…. 21% of the ENTIRE system!). Whatever your reason, I’m happy you’re here! Today I am going to give you a step by step list of where to start, what you’ll need, and how to make the switch.

Step 1. Contact Us!

If you’re reading this post, I am assuming you already know who we are and where you can find an amazing company to help begin your switch, but if I am assuming incorrectly, let me give you a little background. We are Orange Coast Solar, a Woman owned and women led company who believes in putting you in charge of your finances. We believe in giving each and every one of our clients a peace of mind all while trying to save the planet at one time. So, the first thing you need to do is reach out to us. We are here to help and answer all of your questions.

Step 2. Find your most recent electric bill.

Once you let us know you’re thinking about switching, we will ask for your most recent electric bill. There are a couple reasons behind this; First, we will be looking at how much electricity you are currently using on average. This means we will be able to make a Solar System unique to your very own usage! No more sharing fees with the people on your grid! (..but I am getting ahead of myself). Second, we want to know how much you are paying for your electricity. This goes beyond the total number, we are looking at the small stuff here, like…how much are you paying just for your electricity to be delivered to your house? (Fun fact: As long as the sun comes up in the morning, you will never have delivery fees with Orange Coast!)


Step 3. Set up an Appointment.

This is when it starts to get fun! Setting up an appointment to speak with one of our (Solar Experts) is a very important step. This is when you will find out how much money you’ll be saving, how much the government will pay for (if you are tax eligible), and how you would like to pay for it. In this appointment we will go over what it could look like for you if you decide to go solar.

Step 4. Ask Questions!

If there is anything you are not fully grasping, don’t worry. We’ve got you covered. Ask us anything and everything. We want this to be a smooth process for you and part of that means you understand every step of the way.

Step 5. Signature Time!

Paperwork, paperwork.This is pretty straightforward. I guess it doesn’t have the same charm to it as the first appointment, but it is necessary to get the ball rolling.  After you’ve had an appointment and asked all of your questions, your (solar expert?) will send over everything in writing. The paperwork is for the safety of everyone involved. (talk to Leytta ab this) (Eric always explains it as “if someone gets hurt we can’t sue or vice versa?)

Step 6. Set up a Site Survey.

Alright, questions were answered, decisions were made, paperwork was signed…time to put this into action! After signing all necessary paperwork we will set up a time that works best for you to have your home inspected. This is when we are able to have a closer look at your roof, surrounding trees, or anything else that may hinder your solar system (generation?). Should we find anything out of the ordinary at the site survey, you will be the first to know, and we will get through this together. (maybe mention the 7-8 weeks here, or in the next step..?)


Step 7. Installation Day!

Congratulations! Your home has passed the site survey and we are installing your new Solar System. (I’m not really sure what happens at install, how long it takes, etc..)


Step 8. Sit back, relax, and let the sun do all the work 🙂

Whew! That wasn’t so bad, right? By this time, you’ll be realizing how easy it all was and wishing you’d done it sooner.

Remember, electricity is a basic need. We all depend on it, whether you are a full-time mom who is home all day, a nurse who is out all night, or a young professional whose schedule is changing every week. When you think about it, why are you with your current electric company? Did you look for them, because they were committed to giving you the best price, or was it just another utility that came with the house? (Omg okay I had a thought on how to end this earlier and I didn’t write it down. But I wanted to bring up how being under Edison for example is just “easier?” because it came with the house, and they just had to create an account, but is it actually worth it? To not look into solar)

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Taylor Hernandez

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