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How to activate your solar energy system

Once you receive Permission to Operate or PTO from your utility company, you’re ready to activate your solar energy system. Once activated, your panels can begin to produce power and save you money on your electricity bill.

What to Expect

  • Estimated time: 10-15 minutes
  • Tools required: none
  • Activation is best completed during daylight hours.
  • You will need access to your Electrical Panel, AC Disconnect, and Solar Inverter.
    We’ll help you locate each!

Please note: You can only activate your system AFTER you’ve received “Permission to Operate” or PTO from your electricity company. If you’re waiting on PTO, revisit this video when you’re ready. 

Watch: Three Steps to Activate Your Solar Energy System 

Read: Three Steps to Activate Your Solar Energy System

STEP 1: Your Electrical Panel

  • Start by locating your main electrical panel or breaker box - typically a grey panel placed in a low-traffic area such as your basement, garage, utility closet, or outside. 
  • Once located, open the cover and look for a breaker switch marked “PV Solar Breaker” (PV meaning photovoltaic). It should be clearly labeled with a red sticker.

    If you do not see a PV Solar Breaker, skip to the next step.
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  • This completes step 1, and allows alternating current, or AC electricity, to pass from your Electrical Panel to your AC Disconnect and Solar Inverter.

STEP 2: Your AC Disconnect

  • In most cases, your AC Disconnect will be located on the outside of your home, adjacent to your electricity meter. Look for a small metal box with a large switch or handle on the side.
  • Like your PV Solar Breaker, your AC Disconnect should be well labeled with a red sticker that reads “AC Disconnect” or “Photovoltaic System AC Disconnect.”
  • To complete this step, lift all switches or handles to the ON position. This allows alternating current or AC electricity to flow between your inverter and the grid.

STEP 3: Your Solar Inverter

  • Your solar inverter may be located next to your electrical panel, your meter, or your AC disconnect. Look for a small white box labeled “SolarEdge”
  • If you see more than one inverter, you likely have a subpanel. Before moving forward, locate the subpanel (typically installed near the inverter) and flip all breakers to the ON position.

  • When you’re ready, find the black circular switch on your SolarEdge inverter, or inverters, and rotate clockwise to the ON position.

  • Then, locate the small red toggle on the bottom of each solar inverter and move it to the far left or “P” position, before releasing the toggle. 
  • When released, it should move to the “1” in the center of the toggle. This is the ON position. 

  • It often takes about five minutes for the inverter to turn on. Look for the green and blue bulbs to light up on the side. This indicates that your system is active! and step 3 is complete.  

After You Activate Your Solar Energy System

Once your system is active, you can track performance and energy savings right from your phone. Data should appear within 1-3 days after activation, so you’re always in the know moving forward.

Connect with Support

If you have any questions or difficulty throughout the process, you can revisit the steps or contact our Customer Experience Team. Schedule a 15-minute call.

How to activate your solar energy system

Once you receive Permission to Operate or PTO from your utility company, you’re ready to activate your solar energy system. Once activated, your panels can begin to produce power and save you money on your electricity bill.

What to Expect

  • Estimated time: 10-15 minutes
  • Tools required: none
  • Activation is best completed during daylight hours.
  • You will need access to your Electrical Panel, AC Disconnect, and Solar Inverter.
    We’ll help you locate each!

Please note: You can only activate your system AFTER you’ve received “Permission to Operate” or PTO from your electricity company. If you’re waiting on PTO, revisit this video when you’re ready. 

Watch: Three Steps to Activate Your Solar Energy System 

Read: Three Steps to Activate Your Solar Energy System

STEP 1: Your Electrical Panel

  • Start by locating your main electrical panel or breaker box - typically a grey panel placed in a low-traffic area such as your basement, garage, utility closet, or outside. 
  • Once located, open the cover and look for a breaker switch marked “PV Solar Breaker” (PV meaning photovoltaic). It should be clearly labeled with a red sticker.

    If you do not see a PV Solar Breaker, skip to the next step.
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  • This completes step 1, and allows alternating current, or AC electricity, to pass from your Electrical Panel to your AC Disconnect and Solar Inverter.

STEP 2: Your AC Disconnect

  • In most cases, your AC Disconnect will be located on the outside of your home, adjacent to your electricity meter. Look for a small metal box with a large switch or handle on the side.
  • Like your PV Solar Breaker, your AC Disconnect should be well labeled with a red sticker that reads “AC Disconnect” or “Photovoltaic System AC Disconnect.”
  • To complete this step, lift all switches or handles to the ON position. This allows alternating current or AC electricity to flow between your inverter and the grid.

STEP 3: Your Solar Inverter

  • Your solar inverter may be located next to your electrical panel, your meter, or your AC disconnect. Look for a small white box labeled “SolarEdge”
  • If you see more than one inverter, you likely have a subpanel. Before moving forward, locate the subpanel (typically installed near the inverter) and flip all breakers to the ON position.

  • When you’re ready, find the black circular switch on your SolarEdge inverter, or inverters, and rotate clockwise to the ON position.

  • Then, locate the small red toggle on the bottom of each solar inverter and move it to the far left or “P” position, before releasing the toggle. 
  • When released, it should move to the “1” in the center of the toggle. This is the ON position. 

  • It often takes about five minutes for the inverter to turn on. Look for the green and blue bulbs to light up on the side. This indicates that your system is active! and step 3 is complete.  

After You Activate Your Solar Energy System

Once your system is active, you can track performance and energy savings right from your phone. Data should appear within 1-3 days after activation, so you’re always in the know moving forward.

Connect with Support

If you have any questions or difficulty throughout the process, you can revisit the steps or contact our Customer Experience Team. Schedule a 15-minute call.