Getting Started with Solar Solutions has Never Been Easier. Adding solar-powered systems to your home is a great investment that will help you become more environmentally responsible and less dependent on fossil fuels. But it will require a bit of preparation before the system can be installed. We’ve listed the steps below to help you make your home solar-ready. Step 1: Schedule a consultation with Farnell Mechanical, Inc. in Opelika. Just call or book your appointment using our online scheduler , and we’ll come over to go 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 takes up 15 square feet of roof space. Your Farnell Mechanical, Inc. representative will help you decide 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 Opelika 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 a fancy new internet connection. It simply requires an internet connection with a broadband router that’s constantly 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 frequently have solar rebates and incentive programs to help reduce the cost of installing a solar energy system. You’ll also want to see 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 breeze . 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 leading up to your solar product installation, just call Farnell Mechanical, Inc. at 334-524-2458.