A Simple Guide for Getting Started with Solar
Are you ready to get started on the path to real energy savings? The following steps will help you prepare for the installation of a SunSource® Home Energy System.
Step 1 – Call Your Local Dealer for a Consultation
Your Dealer has a detailed planning checklist to help determine whether your home meets all the requirements for the installation of a SunSource Home Energy System.
Step 2 – See if Your Roots Get Enough Sun
Southern exposure is best, and your roof should be relatively free of shade from trees or structures such as chimneys. Your Dealer will perform tests to estimate the site’s monthly and annual solar energy generation potential.
Step 3 – Determine Whether Your Roof is Big Enough
Each solar module requires about 15 square feet of rooftop surface area. The number of modules you want to install determines how much space you need. Your Dealer will help you with the calculations.
Step 4 – Investigate Possible Building Restrictions in Your Neighborhood
If you belong to a Homeowners’ Association (HOA), you might be required to submit your solar installation plans for approval ahead of time.
Step 5 –Upgrade Your Internet Service if Necessary
An always-on Internet connection with a broadband router is required to take advantage of the SunSource system’s web-based performance monitoring service.
STEP 6 –Check for a Proper Utility Service and Electrical Wiring
Your Dealer will check the grid power supplied by your local utility company and also inspect your home’s distribution panel to make sure all required specifications are in order. Your dealer will also need to identify all local electrical code requirements to ensure compliance.
Step 7 –Ask Your Local Utility Company if Solar-Friendly Programs Are in Place
Ask whether your utility company has a net-metering program that will allow you to receive credit for at least a portion of the electricity your SunSource system generates. You will also want to learn whether you must meet power-generating thresholds to qualify for the valuable rebate and incentive programs.
Step 8 – Watch Your Utility Bills Shrink, Right Along with Your Carbon Footprint
Once your SunSource Home Energy System is installed, the money-saving and environmental benefits begin! See the savings by using our Solar Calculator.