Getting Started with Solar Solutions has Never Been Easier. Adding solar-powered systems to your home is a good investment that will help you become more environmentally responsible and less dependent on the utility company. But it does require a little preparation before the system is installed. We’ve mapped out the steps below to help you make your home solar-ready. Step 1: Schedule a consultation with Knoechel Heating Company in Zelienople. Just call or book your appointment using our online scheduler , and we’ll walk you through our detailed solar planning checklist and determine 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 almost shade-free to place the panels. Each module requires 15 square feet of roof space. Your Knoechel Heating Company representative will help determine 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 Zelienople 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 just requires an internet connection with a broadband router that’s never turns off so you can take advantage of the system’s web-based performance monitoring abilities. Step 5: Call your utility company to learn about solar programs and policies. Utility companies commonly have solar rebates and incentive programs to help reduce the cost of installing a solar energy system. You’ll also want to ask if the utility offers net-metering, which will let you get credit for extra electricity your SunSource system generates. Our team can help you find and fill out these forms. With these easy steps, getting started with solar is a cinch . We should also mention the savings you’ll rack up after the system is in place. If you have other questions or concerns prior to your solar product installation, just call Knoechel Heating Company at 724-452-6280.