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Steps to Using a Solar Home Energy System

A simple guide for getting started with solar.

 

Are you ready to get started on the path to real energy savings? The following steps will help you prepare for installation of a SunSource® Home Energy System.

Step 1 – Call your local Lennox Dealer for a consultation.

Your Dealer has a detailed planning checklist to help determine whether your home meets all the requirements for installation of a SunSource Home Energy System.

Step 2 – See if your roof gets enough sun.

A southern exposure is best, and your roof should be relatively free of shade from trees or structures such as chimneys. Your Lennox Dealer will perform tests to estimate the site’s monthly and annual solar energy generation potential.

Step 3 – Determine whether your roof is big enough.

Each solar module requires about 15 square feet of rooftop surface area. The number of modules you want installed determines how much space you need. Your Lennox Dealer will help you with the calculations.

Step 4 – Investigate possible building restrictions in your neighborhood.

If you belong to a Homeowners’ Association (HOA), you might be required to submit your solar installation plans for approval ahead of time.

Step 5 – Upgrade your Internet service if necessary.

An always-on Internet connection with broadband router is required to take advantage of the SunSource system’s web-based performance monitoring service.

Step 6 – Check for proper utility service and electrical wiring.

Your Lennox Dealer will check the grid power supplied by your local utility company and also inspect your home's distribution panel to make sure all required specifications are in order. Your dealer will also need to identify all local electrical code requirements to ensure compliance.

Step 7 - Find out if your local utility company has solar-friendly programs and policies in place.

Ask whether your utility company has a net-metering program that will allow you to receive credit for at least a portion of the electricity your SunSource system generates. You will also want to learn whether you must meet power-generating thresholds to qualify for valuable rebate and incentive programs.

Step 8 – Watch your utility bills shrink, right along with your carbon footprint.

Once your SunSource Home Energy System is installed, the money-saving and environmental benefits begin! See the savings by using our Solar Calculator.

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