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The Process

Installation of your interconnected solar PV system is a cooperative partnership resulting in a greener future for Alameda. It is a collaborative effort between you, your solar contractor, and AMP.

Your contractor will handle most of the steps necessary to install your solar or renewable energy system and connect it to AMP's electric grid. However, as a property owner, it is wise for you to play an active role. Understanding the key steps will help you set expectations and communicate more effectively with your contractor.

Customer Contractor AMP City
Prepare Your Home for a Solar Installation
Interconnection Application & Building Permit      
Post-Installation Inspection
Final Interconnection

Prepare Your Property for a Solar Installation

For all customers, completing energy efficiency measures is highly suggested. It is essential to do everything you can to improve your current energy efficiency before installing your generation system. A few simple measures can save you money by reducing your overall energy consumption. You may be able to save thousands of dollars in upfront costs by reducing the size of the system you will need to install for your property. Understanding your energy usage also will also help to prepare you for an informed discussion with your contractor. 

Application & Building Permit

Once you and your contractor have determined the best system for your needs, the contractor will prepare the necessary paperwork for AMP and the City of Alameda. Your contractor will complete the Eligible Renewable Generation Application, and request a building permit from the City Permit Center.


Your contractor will install your system on your property. Installation generally takes a few days to a few weeks, depending on the unique conditions of your property or system.

Post-Installation Inspections

Before final interconnection of your system, it must pass final inspections by AMP Engineering and the City Building Department. Your contractor will arrange these inspections once the installation is complete.

Final Interconnection

After passing all inspections, your solar system will be ready to go! An AMP engineer will perform the final interconnection on the same day as your final AMP inspection.

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