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The Requirements And Codes For Installing Small Green Energy Systems


When you're planning on installing a green energy system, it's very important that you understand the regulations, codes and requirements of your local community and your state. You will need to know all about these before you ever choose the type of green energy system you wish to install. If you move past this step in selecting a green energy system, you will very likely end up wasting your time. Regulations, requirements and codes may have a very powerful effect on your choices. Additionally, you will need to find out whether or not you are required to remain connected to the grid or if you're allowed to go off the grid and have a completely independent green energy system.

The first thing you'll want to do when determining what your local requirements, regulations and codes are in terms of green energy is to contact a green energy organization or company in your local area. If there is not one available, you can get in touch with your state energy office. They will be able to guide you in state requirements and direct you to local officials and local companies that can help you. When you consult with these experts in regards to installing a green energy system in your home, here are some of the questions that you'll want to ask:

* What are the grid connection requirements of local utilities in my area?
* Where can I find a list of local ordinances, covenants and building codes?
* Are there any local or state requirements in technology of which I should be aware?

Once you have met with these officials and experts and settled on a few choices in green energy systems for your home, you'll want to talk with local building inspectors and electrical inspectors about system compatibility with your home. Choose a qualified, competent, insured building/electrical inspector and set an appointment for a home inspection. It's very important to have your home inspected for safety of both structure and existing electrical system before making any kind of green energy system additions or modifications.

When you have settled upon a good contractor and a green energy system that will work well with your home, you may need to visit your local building code office to be certain that your plans will be approved by your local zoning board. You may have to apply for a variance for a conditional use permit to be certain that your green energy system will be compatible with existing building codes. Be certain not to make any green energy purchases before you got proper permits. If you have followed these instructions step-by-step and have a competent contractor on board for your project, he or she may be able to navigate these waters for you and make quick work of obtaining proper permits.

The best way to be certain that your application for permit is accepted and approved is to go with both a green energy system provider and a contractor/electrician who are properly licensed and insured. Avoid reinventing the wheel with a do it yourself green energy system. Instead go with a licensed contractor who will install a pre-designed, prepackaged system that is sure to meet all local and state requirements. In this way, you can be certain of having a guaranteed, tried and true system with a warranty and a knowledgeable and skilled person to call upon in case of problems.