Home solar panel installation can be intimidating.

Therefore, choosing the right installation company to work with is essential. The amount of information online can be overwhelming.

It can be challenging to figure out what information you need to provide, and what is optional.

To help make it easier for you, we created this overview. We cover the data we collect, why we collect it, and how it helps you.

Why do solar panel installation companies collect information about your home’s roof?

First of all, we need to know details about your home’s roof.

The size and orientation of your roof can impact how much energy your solar panel system will be able to generate from it.

Additionally, we want to ensure that your roof is in good condition. Before we begin work, it’s important to know this.

We collect data because we care about you, we care about our reputation, and we want to do a good job. We don’t want to build a too large system and cost you too much money.

On the other hand, we also don’t want to design a solar panel system that’s too small, and that won’t meet your home energy needs. Therefore, sizing your system properly requires knowing precisely what’s above it.

Why do home solar panel installation companies need information about your property location?

We provide solar installation services, across several US states and time zones. The first step in our process is determining that we work in your state.

To do that, you can check out our Rooftop Solar FAQ page.

After that, once we’ve determined that you live in our service area, we need to learn more about your home.

The location and facing of your roof are necessary for us to figure out how many solar panels you’ll need and what kind of system production you can expect.

In other words, these measurements are vital. They allow us to give you an accurate quote based on these factors. Then, we can determine whether or not your home is appropriate for installing solar panels.

Why do we need information about your electricity bills?

Collecting this information is pretty standard for all reputable solar companies. However, be wary of companies that quote you a price without looking into your home’s energy needs.

To make an accurate estimation of how much energy you’ll be able to produce with solar panels, we need to know what your home already uses. We’ll also ask you some questions to determine if your usage may go up in the future.

This can include information such as whether you are anticipating the birth of a child, having a family member move back home, or adding an electric vehicle or hot tub.

All of these can increase your energy usage, so we will want to know this information before designing your system.

To calculate how much energy a solar panel installation could save you each month, we need to collect documentation of your monthly electricity use over the last 12 months.

So what’s the bottom line?

The bottom line is this: we collect the minimum amount of data necessary to design your system.

As a result, we only collect industry-standard information.

This data includes your name, address, utility bill, and main panel amperage. Our goal is to save you money, and design the best possible system while respecting your data privacy.

Lastly, without collecting this information, installation may be delayed or even canceled.

After we receive your form, what happens next?

We’ll need to talk on the phone briefly to do a rooftop assessment and needs analysis. This phone call is 100% free, with zero commitments to buy from us.

After all, it’s for your benefit as a potential residential solar customer of ours.

How can I learn more about home solar panel installation?

One way to learn more about solar is to do some online research. We wrote a free rooftop solar buyer’s guide to help you get started.