Switching to Solar Energy in Residential Homes11could take a while, especially for someone like me who has 13 solar companies in a 20-minute radius. Determining budget and the type of solar installation that would best fit with me and my needs takes time. There are several factors to take into consideration, such as certifications within the companies, experience, testimonies from other customers, and what they cover with their products. Once a company is chosen, an installer must come to inspect my roof and collect information to determine the type of solar that is ideal for my home, including the energy needs for my home (Dilthey, M., n.d.). The next step is paperwork. Any necessary paperwork and steps can be completed with the help from the employee as well. After paperwork is finished, designing the solar system is thenext step. Depending on the size of the company, there would be a certified team or electricians and roofing specialists contracted outside the company to help with the installation process. However, in order to install a solar system, there must be a solar contractor, a master electrician, and a roofing contractor (Dilthey, M., n.d.). Once the design is created, I need to give the final approval before installation can begin. Depending on the design, this could take a week or two. The longest part of the process is submitting the permit and waiting for it to be approved. The permit is sent to my local planning board. The time it takes for permits to be approved depends on how invested towns are in the solar energy market and, thus, can take anywhere froma few days to a month, if not longer. An installers’ experience can help aid the time with this process.