Plans / permit documents are usually completed in about 10 business days from submittal of your site survey (Subject to Seasonal Increases). Once the permit has been approved you pay the fee (not included in the service) directly to the local AHJ and follow the local building officials instructions for inspections.
[See Optional PE Review & Wet Stamp & Related Items Below] As Required by Some Local Code Authorities; PE State Specific Engineer Review & Wet Stamp on Plans are NOT included with the base permit document package. ● NOTE: Our relationship in the design and sale of any equipment or material is that of a material supplier with limited knowledge of actual site conditions or application. It is the sole responsibility of the buyer to verify that the components will work for the actual installation conditions, local AHJ (Authority Having Jurisdiction (Code Officials)) NEC and local code and any applicable safety codes, solar permit laws, local utility & AHJ rules and regulations.
Home & business owners installing their own solar panel kits [DIY] are in effect acting as their own general contractor which is becoming a common occurrence nationwide. Complete pre-engineered kits are pre-packaged ready to ship and install. We also custom design systems up to 240 kW (Large systems may require structural & electrical engineer reviews.)
Each community has their own set of building codes that applies to the installation of solar equipment. Those local codes are reflective of the the national electric code (NEC), local building codes, safety codes & local utility interconnect requirements or regulations. Building codes are put in place to provide standards and methods for installing solar and other home improvement projects.
Sometimes homeowners make the mistake of circumventing the solar permitting process and just have the system installed thinking they can save a couple of hundred dollars. Don't do it. The solar permitting process, like all generally accepted building codes, are put in place to ensure the longevity of the project as well as the safety of those who might interact with the solar system. There are also some significant consequences if the building department discovers the unpermitted installation. You may be subject to fines as well as the removal of all the equipment requiring you to start from scratch.
Additionally, in most areas, solar rebates are tied to the sign off of the solar building permit. Once the final AHJ (Authority having jurisdiction is signed off by the building official, the homeowner can process the local rebate if available for your area.
Don't forget your local utility interconnect agreement. You can download the utility company interconnect agreement from the local providers website or call your utility customer service department and have them send it to you. You will need to initially submit this agreement when you submit your building permit application. The local utility will at the least require a copy of a line drawing for your system which we provide even if you do not choose the optional full permit service when buy the a complete kit.
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After purchasing the solar design service along with your solar kit, Blue Pacific Solar's® team of designers will get cracking. First the Team Captain assigned to coordinate your order will fill out the equipment part of a simple site survey questionnaire. He or she will highlight the questions that you will need to answer specific to your home or business such as distance to the array and size of main breaker panel. You fill out those site specific questions, take about 6 pictures and Email back the information to your Team Captain.
Don't worry, if you have trouble with some of the questions, our staff is standing by to help.
Our experienced team of system designers will then apply a comprehensive database of local nationwide permit requirements including any amended designs that may be required by AHJ (Authority having jurisdiction (Usually Local Building Department)). We coordinate the application with your local building department jurisdiction custom drafting the plans that will be needed along with the specifications and other documents to submit to secure your installation building permit.
Three (3) complete sets of plans and required support documents, data sheet and installation manuals required. The drawing sheet size is 24” x 18” (Unless specified different by local AHJ) which include the following:
● Sheet Index
● Governing Codes Section
● Vicinity Map, Parcel Map, Aerial View
● General Description of Project
● Includes Locations for All Major Hardware and Electrical Components with Respect to Property Lines and Existing Structures
● Attachment Point or Pier Details
● Conduit Runs
● Solar PV Array Location and Dimensions
● (AKA one (1) "elevation"): Elevation of Attachment Method (to roof or grade, depending on application)
● Weather-proofing Details (flashing, sealant, roof type, etc.)
● Racking & Mounting Hardware
● Foundation Details (if applicable)
● Full Instructive Three-line Diagram of Entire DC Circuit, as Well as AC Lines to Your Metered Service Entrance.
● Wire and Conduit Sizing
● String / Branch Circuit Sizing for DC and AC Systems
● Grounding Details
● Interconnection Method (breaker, line-side splice, subpanels, etc.)
● All calculations per NEC Shown Explicitly (conduit fill, temperature coefficients, etc.) Including Voltage Drop Calculations
● System Specifications: Max System Voltage, Operating Voltage, Max System Current, Operating Current, for both DC and AC Side of Inverter
● Additional Follow up Additional Plan Information or Corrections as Required by AHJ (Authority Having Jurisdiction (Usually Local Building Department). The basic permit document service does NOT include engineering or structural wet stamp if required. (See Below)
We then express ship your drawings and documents to you. All you have to do after that is take the permit document package along with our instructions down to your local AHJ (Authority having jurisdiction (Usually Local Building Department)), sign the application as owner/contractor (self-install) and they will notify you when the permit has been approved.
Line drawing questions or just stuck? No worries we have your back and will be here to help whenever you have questions about your purchased kit or plans. For orders larger than $2,000.00 a Technical Sales Team Group Captain will be assigned your account. Your Technical Advisors job is to coordinate all parts and pieces of your order and to work with you throughout the process. This support helps because we will be providing you with a single contact point to call with your questions. Your technical support contact does not replace the maufactures warranty technical support. DIY means you accept the responsiblity of reading and following the plans and other installation documents prior to tackling the installation.
If your AHJ (Authority having jurisdiction, (Usually Local Building Department)) requires a ground or roof rack custom site specific structural analysis from a Professional State Registered Engineer (PE Wet Stamp on the Plans) and will not accept the IronRidge PE wet stamped document that is available free for most states; we will be happy to provide a non-site visit PE wet stamp for an additional fee. Additional site specific engineering calculation sheet and wet stamp services, structural or electrical, are NOT included in the cost of the basic permit document service.