It is beneficial to install a solar power system for your house regardless of your city as long as your house is suitable for the project. You may ask, “what makes my property suitable for solar panel installation?” Well, there are many variables to consider before buying or leasing a solar power system, and following are a few of them:

  1. Your local jurisdiction requirements in terms of permits, codes and regulations
  2. City Permit and solar PTO (Permit to Operate) process
  3. Your roof type and age
  4. Your Main Electric Box type and amperage
  5. Type of solar panels to be used (Mono and Polycrystalline)
  6. The type of installation that suits your house better (Roof, Ground and Port Mount)
  7. Type of solar inverters to be used for your system (String, Micro and Optimizer)
  8. The type of financing option that work best for you (Lease, PPA, Loan or Cash)
  9. Contractors business license, contractors License and insurance status
  10. The list goes on and on

Most homeowners would rather work with an experienced and licensed Energy Advisor who has helped many homeowners in the past because they can confide in the fact that they are entirely familiar with the process. Likewise, homeowners want to work with an Energy Advisor who is not biased towards one solar installer, because that defeats the whole purpose of getting reliable advice from your advisor. Fortunately, Solar Yellow Pages has created a directory of independent Energy Advisors, where you can simply pick the one that you feel most comfortable with after a quick online or on phone chat.

Now, let us get into the details of the solar panel installation permit process in Glendale, CA. The following steps are extracted from Glendale Water and Power website:

  • GWP customer chooses a solar installer to do the measurements, prepare the site layout and system design.
  • Customer or contractor submits a signed interconnection application via PowerClerk which must include the following items on the list. Also, Local Solar Installers in Glendale, CA should be entirely familiar with the requirements.
    • Site Diagram
    • One Line Diagram
    • Data sheets for the equipments (Solar Panels and Solar Inverters)
  • One of GWP solar solution staff will forward the mentioned documents to GWP Engineering.
  • GWP Engineering team will visit the property and provide a solar meter spot drawing while the Interconnection Agreement is forwarded to the General Manager for approval.
  • GWP emails the spot drawing to the solar installer on record upon interconnection approval and spot drawing completion.
  • Solar Solution staff uploads the interconnection agreement to PowerClerk and sends out a notification email to the customer and solar contractor/installer.
  • Then, the solar installer/contractor makes sure their solar plans are consistent with GWP’s solar meter spot drawing.
  • Customer receives a copy of the executed interconnection agreement from GWP Engineering via email.
  • GWP Engineering approves the solar plans (two sets) and provides an over-the-counter permit application (Solar Energy Worksheet).
  • The permit application and approved solar plans will be submitted to the Building and Safety Department (B&S) by the solar contractor/installer. For more information regarding the Solar Energy Permit, process and requirements, contact Glendale Building and Safety at (818) 548-3200.
  • Solar plans must be approved by Building, Electrical and Fire Departments, but the permit will be issued by Building and Safety.
  • Your solar installer/contractor must contact GWP Engineering for a pre-construction meeting by calling (818) 548-3920 before starting the installation of your solar system.
  • Your solar contractor must install your solar power system in compliance with the plans, codes and regulations.
  • Your solar installer/contractor contacts Building and Safety (818-548-4830) to schedule an inspection. For commercial properties, your contractor must contact (818) 548-3920.
  • Building and Safety notifies GWP Engineering once the inspection is passed and final sign-off is in place.
  • GWP Engineering submits a work order to GWP field services to install the solar meter once the inspection release is received.
  • Once the solar meter is installed, an email will be sent to the customer and the installer on file to turn the system on.

Please visit GWP website for more detailed information.

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