Whether a consumer is seriously considering installing a solar electric system at their home or business or is just curious about solar energy, one of the first places to call is the local utility. They are the experts and the ones responsible for providing safe and reliable electric service. Connection of a new solar electric system to the electric utility must occur – unless the consumer is going off the grid – so the electric utility is a critical long-term partner. While the solar installer or contractor should know the process, procedures, and details of installing a solar electric system, consumers should consult with their utility early in the process to avoid any unwelcome surprises. In addition to safely connecting solar equipment to the grid, consumers will want to ask their utility about options for selling power back to the grid.
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