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What Is PTO and How To Apply for It

Written by Luke Daugherty/

Edited by Jamie Cesanek

Last updated 04/21/2023

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Key Points

  • Solar permission to operate (PTO) is an essential step that grants you approval to connect your solar panels to the electrical grid and turn your system on.
  • PTO is granted by your utility and local building authority after your system passes inspections.
  • You can apply for solar PTO through your solar installer or do it yourself, but it’s important to be thorough in order to avoid delays.
  • This guide covers the basics of how to apply for PTO through either option.

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