How Long Does it Take to Get a Solar Permit?

Apr. 08, 2022

Solar panels are a smart investment that can help you save money on your electric bills, earn incentives like SMART and net metering, reduce your carbon footprint, and gain greater energy independence. 

Installing solar panels on your Massachusetts home is, however, a substantial project with complex electrical components. In order to ensure a safe and proper installation that protects your home, your family, and your solar installation team, solar installation permits are required in municipalities across Massachusetts. 

The solar installation permit process usually takes 40 days or less to complete, though time frames can vary from one municipality to another. 


What Permits Do You Need to Install Solar Panels in Massachusetts? 

In all Massachusetts towns and cities, you need a building permit and an electrical permit to install a home solar system.

If you want to connect your solar energy system to the electric grid, as most rooftop solar users do, you will need an interconnection approval, too. Interconnection approval allows you to send excess electricity produced by your home solar system to the grid, offsetting your billable use of utility-supplied electricity. Interconnection is also required for net metering in Massachusetts and to receive SMART incentives. 

At Boston Solar, we handle the entire solar permitting process for you. Our expert team will determine what solar permits are needed in your area and submit the permit applications. We’ll keep you updated every step of the way, so you’ll always know where we are in the process. 


Solar Installation Timeline 

Permitting is an important part of the solar installation process, but there are other factors to consider when determining how long it will take to install solar panels. The full process includes: 

  1. An introductory residential solar consultation
  2. A follow-up visit to confirm the details of your project and financing 
  3. Signing your contract 
  4. Design and engineering 
  5. Permitting 
  6. Solar Installation 
  7. Inspections and commissioning

The period between our initial meeting and installation usually takes between 90 to 120 days but could be as short as 30 to 40 days, depending on your town’s solar permitting process. Boston Solar helps speed things along with our highly efficient processes. We’ll make sure your project is progressing quickly while maintaining the highest level of quality across all avenues. 


Boston Solar Is the Leading Home Solar Provider Near You 

Boston Solar has completed more than 5,000 solar installations, making us one of the most experienced solar installers near you in MA. We are a 100% locally owned and operated company with a vertically integrated, in-house team. We streamline the solar installation process and make it as easy as possible for you to go solar! 

Have questions about how much solar panels cost or what it takes to get a solar permit? Just give us a call or schedule an appointment online. We’re your local solar expert and we’re here to answer any questions you have about the solar installation and permitting processes. 

Make the switch to solar with Boston Solar. Call 617-858-1645 or schedule a home solar consultation today! 

How Long Does it Take to Get a Solar Permit?

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