Common Questions

General Solar Questions

Yes, a battery can be added to your system later but it will cost less when it’s included in your initial installation. 

A solar system paired with a battery will keep your home running even in the event of a power outage. However, depending on the capacity of battery storage, you may not be able to run ALL of your home during the outage. Our team can help you choose the right battery for your home.


LifeWise Solar guides you throughout the entire solar process. The steps involved are as follows:

  1. After completing the on-line form and answering a few questions, we’ll email you an estimate of your monthly electricity cost and your inflation protection.
  2. You can choose to talk to an expert or provide additional information to make sure your property is ready for a solar system sufficient to provide the electricity you need.
  3. If you choose to have an expert come to your home to conduct a brief site survey (looking at your electrical panel and getting drone pictures of your roof), our engineers will design your system and send you the design. We will also provide the financing or Power Purchase Agreement for your approval. The Power Purchase Agreement lets you lock in your payments for electricity for up to 25 years.
  4. Once you accept the loan or Power Purchase Agreement, we’ll arrange for permits, and when approved we will have our local authorized and certified dealer install your system and connect it to your master electric panel.
  5. Permitting can take as little as one day and as long as 6 weeks – this is entirely up to your community and is out of our hands. We simultaneously submit required documents to your utility company for approval of “net metering”.
  6. Once we have city and utility approval, we schedule installation. You can expect the installation to occur as soon as a week after permit approvals.
  7. After the installation is complete, we will schedule the final inspection with your community and utility.
  8. Upon passing the final inspection, we request permission to begin operating with your utility company. This can sometimes take a few weeks (depending on your utility) and may involve the utility company coming to your house and upgrading your electric meter.
  9. Throughout this process, our customer service team will communicate with you at every stage and is available to answer any questions.

When a certified LifeWise dealer installs your solar system, we handle everything. You’ll need to accept the loan or Power Purchase Agreement and approve the permit requests before we submit to the city. We’ll schedule an installation day, and take the steps to get it approved and working.

The price depends on the size of the system you need, which based on electricity usage (or projected usage).

We are committed to getting your the best solution for your needs at the right price. 

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General Solar Questions

Sunlight excites electrons to motion in a process called the photovoltaic effect. This generates DC power which is collected and sent to an inverter (a microinverter in our case) to be used by your home or sent back to the grid.

This process creates renewable energy by harvesting the power of the sun rather than relying on traditional electrification generated by the burning of fossil fuels.

To optimize this energy generation process, we use advanced solar design software to produce a precise image of your project site by using a combination of street-level and aerial images. This software allows our site designers to position panels advantageously based on irradiance—the amount of light striking a given area of a surface.

This means that panels are placed where they will be able to receive the most light throughout the day. With a solar system, it is important to take into account how trees, the roof, and other panels could possibly create shade spots.

Right now, utility companies burn fuel to turn a complex machine that then produces electricity. This process creates pollution. By going solar, you create energy from the sun, which saves the planet from additional pollution. In fact, for every kilowatt of solar you install, the carbon that is not sent into the atmosphere is the equivalent of planting about 40 trees.

Cutting down on emissions also helps improve respiratory and cardio health on a global and local level. The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has found that lower fossil fuel emissions result in fewer cases of bronchitis and lost workdays related to health issues.