Getting Started with Solar Solutions has Never Been Easier. You’ve decided to add a solar energy system to your house. Now, how do you know where to begin? Thanks to our simple list, getting started with solar in Zelienople is easy. But if you ever have questions, feel free to give us a call at 724-452-6280. Step 1: Call Knoechel Heating Company in Zelienople for a consultation, or set one up online. We’ll walk you through our detailed planning checklist to decide whether your home meets our SunSource® installation requirements. Step 2: Determine if your roof has enough space and gets enough sun. Each solar panel takes up 15 square feet of surface area. Our team can help you choose how many modules you will need or want for your house. Additionally, your roof needs to be mostly clear of shade from trees or other objects. Southern exposure is preferred, and our techs will perform tests to figure out your monthly energy potential. Step 3: Look into possible building restrictions. Some Zelienople neighborhoods and Homeowner’s Associations may need you to submit your solar power plans before the system is installed. Step 4: Upgrade your internet service. You’ll need a constant internet connection and combined with a broadband router to take advantage of the SunSource performance monitoring service. Step 5: Find answers to all utility-related questions. Your representative at Knoechel Heating Company will check the grid power supplied by the utility company and test your home’s distribution panel to make sure you have the required specifications. You may want to check with your utility company and see if a net-metering program is available. Net-metering allows you to receive credit for extra electricity generated by your solar energy system. The utility company will also let you know whether your solar products will qualify for rebates or incentives*. There’s a lot to do to prepare for a SunSource® Home Energy System, but when it’s installed you’ll love watching your utility bills get smaller. Want to get an idea of your savings beforehand? Call Knoechel Heating Company at 724-452-6280 if you have any questions about getting started with solar. *Note: Most rebates and incentives that make a solar energy system more affordable are only available when you’re system is grid-tied.