What Happens During a Solar Panel Installation?

Solar panels can be a great way to save on utility bills and protect the environment, but many people still are unaware of how they actually work. Knowing what to expect during the basic solar panel installation process can help you figure out if this power method is right for your property.

The Inspection

The very first step of installation is the inspection. The contractor will determine the best location for solar panels and make sure your electrical system can handle the installation.

Paperwork and Permits

You’ll typically need to fill out quite a bit of paperwork and permits to make sure you’re legally prepared for solar power. South Buhl and Twin Falls residents who work with a solar installation team can get help with all of these permits, but homeowners who plan a more DIY approach may need to fill out all the paperwork themselves.

Prepping the Area

The solar contractor will then begin prepping the roof, electrical wiring system, and any other parts of your property that will come in contact with the solar power system. They may add wiring for the new power system and put racking equipment on the roof to hold the panels.

Mounting the Panels

Once the area is prepared and all the equipment has shipped to the solar installer, it’s time to actually mount the panels. The panels are placed in their racks, and then they’re connected to power controllers. This process can take one to three days.


This final step involves an inspection to make sure everything is up to code. After this is complete, you can officially flip the switch and start using the solar panel power to run your property’s electricity.

Whether you’re interested in residential, commercial, or agricultural solar power, Magic Solar can help. We understand the value of alternative energy sources and work hard to help clients install them as conveniently as possible. Feel free to give us a call today and ask about our solar and micro-hydro power services.