Getting Started with Solar Solutions has Never Been Easier. Adding solar-powered equipment to your home is a good investment that will help you become more environmentally responsible and less dependent on the utility company. But it can require a bit of preparation prior to installing the system. We’ve mapped out the steps below to help you make your home solar-ready. Step 1: Schedule a consultation with Central Heating & Plumbing in New Castle. Just call or book your appointment using our online scheduler , and we’ll come over to go through our detailed solar planning checklist and figure out whether your home meets requirements for a SunSource® Home Energy System installation. Step 2: Determine the space and sunlight available on your roof. We install solar modules on your roof, so the roof will need enough space that’s nearly shade-free to place the panels. Each module requires 15 square feet of roof space. Your Central Heating & Plumbing representative will let you know how many solar panels you need to install to generate enough energy for your home. Step 3: Investigate possible building restrictions. If you’re a member of a neighborhood or New Castle Homeowner’s Association, you could need to submit your solar energy system installation plans ahead of time. Step 4: Make sure your internet is solar-ready. Don’t worry – the SunSource doesn’t need a fancy new internet connection. It only requires an internet connection with a broadband router that’s always on so you can take advantage of the system’s web-based performance monitoring service. Step 5: Call your utility company to learn about solar programs and policies. Utility companies commonly have solar rebates and incentive opportunities to help offset the cost of installing a solar energy system. You’ll also want to know if the utility offers net-metering, which will enable you to get credit for extra electricity your SunSource system generates. Our experts can help you find and fill out these forms. With these few steps, getting started with solar is a breeze . We should also mention the savings you’ll rack up when the system is in place. If you have other questions or concerns before your solar product installation, just call Central Heating & Plumbing at 724-401-1843.