Gather Information for Site Survey
Simple and Fast..... Max Solar has streamlined the process of getting a Solar Quote with this innovative quoting system. Once the steps are completed, this system will produce a preliminary quote that will be reviewed by Max Solar Designers for accuracy. Then it will either be sent to you if you are self financing, or to Sungage Financial which is part of the Department of Energy Sunshot program for a loan.
Electrical Usage: Gather the most the recent electrical bill, you will need this later. If you go to your utility company's web site and login in to your account you will want to download your bill and then "save as" in your documents folder to upload to Max Solar later. If you print your bill or have a paper copy you will have the option to not upload and input the historical usage information from page 2.
Optional Information: Helpful for remote system designer but not required
***If you cannot complete these steps safely or if these steps are too inconvenient, it may be best to let one of the Max Solar staff come out to your property.***
System Location: The number one thing to remember when deciding to place a system, is the system must face as close to true south as possible. Look at roof mount locations and ground mount locations on the Google Maps Link below. Use the Google Maps Link below to find your property and true south which points toward the bottom of the page. If you are stuck here contact us.
Multiple Locations Found: If you find multiple locations to install the system the best way to sort them is by physically going to the proposed location and look at the following criteria: (Only if it is safe for you)
- When looking south in your field of view is there any large obstructions that cause shading where you are standing anytime of the day or year.
- How far are you from your meter or main load center where the breakers are? Closer the better to minimize loss.
- Is it more than 10' from the property line and not shading the neighbors property? Is it outside right of ways?
- Does putting a system in this area add or subtract from the look of your property
Deciding between Ground or Roof mounting:
- Does the roof need replacing?
- There is additional 3rd party engineering fees on existing structures to determine for the code if the system load will be safe on the roof, but not on the ground.
- Can a foundation be dug for a ground mount at least 5' deep?
- On the roof, the system does not subtract from the usable property and if on the back of the building can be hidden completely from the curbside view.
- Ground Mounts can more easily be cleaned especially in the winter.
- Ground Mounts are usually smaller because they can be orientated better.
Take pictures of the site location: Start by taking pictures from as close to the center of the system location as possible while being safe.
Horizon Looking South from Center of the System
Horizon Looking South East from Center of the System
Horizon Looking East from Center of the System
Horizon Looking South West from Center of the System
Horizon Looking West from Center of the System
Take pictures of the electrical:
The Meter Box
Inside the Main Breaker Panel at the Wiring ( Only do this if your are qualified, Max Solar is not responsible for unsafe access to live electrical areas)
Note what size your main breaker is: There will be a number on it like 200A