Getting Started with Solar Solutions has Never Been Easier. Adding solar-powered equipment to your home is a smart investment that will help you become more environmentally responsible and less dependent on oil and gas. But it will require a bit of preparation before the system is installed. We’ve listed the steps below to help you make your home solar-ready. Step 1: Schedule a consultation with Hopkins Air Conditioning, Inc. in West Palm Beach. Just call or use 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 virtually shade-free to place the panels. Each module needs 15 square feet of roof space. Your Hopkins Air Conditioning, Inc. representative will let you know how many solar panels you need to install to have enough energy for your home. Step 3: Investigate possible building restrictions. If you’re a member of a neighborhood or West Palm Beach 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 an elaborate new internet connection. It only requires an internet connection with a broadband router that’s constantly 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 frequently have solar rebates and incentive programs 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 let you 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 a cinch . And we didn’t even mention the savings you’ll add up after the system is in place. If you have other questions or concerns before your solar product installation, just call Hopkins Air Conditioning, Inc. at 561-401-0011.