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The Wisconsin solar market is consistently pro-solar.
Following the growing awareness there are unparalleled pro-solar legislation as well as wonderful solar financing options. When other companies are taking 12 months to complete an install, Sun Badger is getting systems running in 3-4 months. If not for the cumbersome utility process, the timeline would be drastically more efficient. Below is an overview of the WI project timeline which highlights what is required of you to help move your solar project along.
1. Deposit (25%):
To get your project started you will need to sign your contract and pay the 25% invoice. You are then introduced to our project managers, construction team and set up in our project management system, Basecamp. Here you can track tasks and timelines as projects progress. Our initial payment is due within 48 hours of receiving the invoice, but the sooner we receive the down payment the sooner we can give you a solar home!
5 business days
From your Solar Success Manager
7-14 business days
Will contact you to schedule a site survey.
14 business days
Our team will review the condition of your roof, rafters, electrical panel, & your meter. In ground mount scenarios we will verify the distance required for trenching.
7 business days
Will be provided to you on Basecamp.
2. Layout approval (45%):
After the site survey you will review the layout for your project. When you submit your approval on Basecamp you will be invoiced for 45% of the project cost due within 48 hours. Application for interconnection and permitting cannot start until payment is received.
2-5 business days
• One line plan created
• Site plan is created
• Interconnection applied for
• Net metering applied for
• Permits applied for
• HOA approval is initiated
At this point we submit the necessary documentation to your utility company, however we are not able to control this timeline. The majority of WI utilities take a few weeks for engineering and interconnection assessment which happens concurrently with permitting.
• Submit to construction queue
• Final order of all materials
• Structural engineering
• Permitting finalization.
Actual construction takes 1-3 days
3. Panel payment (30%):
After the panels are installed on your roof you will receive a third invoice for 30% of the project cost. Once payment is received we will request final inspections from the building authority in your area. We take the final inspection report and submit that to ComEd for permission to operate your system.
1 business day
with the city (some cities take a week, others require multiple inspections with 3rd party reviewers & can take up to 4 weeks.)
1-7 business days
to utility for official Permission to Operate
5-10 business days
Once we get Permission to Operate we will tell you it is time to turn the switch ON. To prove your system is on we configure your Solar Monitoring portal (this can’t happen until the system is actually on). You will receive a direct email, allowing you to create a login to view your system’s production information.
1-5 business days
1 business day
Once you are interconnected your Project Manager will submit your incentive application on your behalf. Availability varies depending on utility.
When you file your taxes include form 5695 on your federal tax return.