Welcome to the Going Solar Guide!


Use the checklist below to manage all the steps from planning to installing your solar pv system.


Before you start, read our website's Introduction to Solar resource, which will give you an overview of the benefits of going solar, solar terminology, product/brand information, and more.


In order to figure out if your home is suitable for solar, how many panels can fit on your roof, how much energy a solar system could produce for you, and a basic financial model—purchase a preliminary design & analysis report. The money you spend on the report will be discounted from your order when buying a full pv system through RENVU.


To understand how much energy your system can produce, you need to figure out your bill of materials to calculate system cost to determine the payback period and return on investment (ROI). You can get an estimate of your system's energy production by using PV Watt’s solar calculator.


Once you have an idea of your system size and type, you can easily select your solar equipment using our free Solar Quote & Design Tool. Get a fast solar estimate, and then email our engineering team at info@renvu.com to finalize your project details.


Your financing options will differ whether you are a homeowner or a business. You can speak with your bank about green energy project loans. RENVU has partnered with LightStream for homeowner loans and Credit Key for business credit terms.


To install your solar pv system, you will need a permit from your local Authority Having Jurisdiction (AHJ). You can purchase a full permit package from RENVU. You will need to provide us with all the necessary information, and we will prepare and send you the permit package that you will be able to submit to your AHJ.


We recommend you secure your permit before purchasing any materials in case a design change comes up to meet the requirements of your AHJ. If you would like to reserve the equipment ahead of time, a 20% down payment is required to hold the materials on your order for up to 30 days.


It is time to submit your permit package to your local AHJ. If your AHJ rejects the permit package that we prepared, you can send it back to us. In most cases, the adjustment of your permit package to meet the AHJ's requirements will be covered by your initial permit package payment.


You can save a lot of money purchasing directly from an equipment distributor and hiring a solar installer separately. Before beginning your installer search, you can place a 20% downpayment on your selected equipment to reserve it for your project.


You can hire a general contractor to install your solar equipment and have an electrician connect your solar pv system to the grid.


Alternatively, you can find a solar installer in your area. NABCEP is an organization that certifies solar installers, and you can find one on their website.


You will need to schedule an inspection with your local AHJ to turn on the switch to your new solar system!