Getting Started with Solar Solutions has Never Been Easier. Adding solar-powered products to your home is a great investment that will help you become more environmentally friendly and less dependent on the utility company. But it does require a little preparation prior to installing the system. We’ve listed the steps below to help you make your home solar-ready. Step 1: Schedule a consultation with Beck Cohen in Charlottesville. Just call or set up an appointment using our online scheduler , and we’ll walk you through our detailed solar planning checklist and discover 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 needs 15 square feet of roof space. Your Beck Cohen representative will help determine 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 Charlottesville Homeowner’s Association, you may need to share 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 an elaborate new internet connection. It only requires an internet connection with a broadband router that’s always on so you can make use of the system’s web-based performance monitoring service. Step 5: Call your utility company to learn about solar programs and policies. Utility companies usually have solar rebates and incentive opportunities to help decrease the cost of installing a solar energy system. You’ll also want to know if the utility offers net-metering, which will allow you to get credit for surplus electricity your SunSource system generates. Our experts can help you find and fill out these forms. With these simple steps, getting started with solar is easy . Don’t let us forget to mention the savings you’ll add up after the system is in place. If you have other questions or concerns prior to your solar product installation, just call Beck Cohen at 434-296-0129.