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 eco-friendly and less dependent on oil and gas. But it does require a little preparation before the system can be installed. We’ve mapped out the steps below to help you make your home solar-ready. Step 1: Schedule a consultation with Central Air Inc in Portland Metro. Just call or set up an appointment using our online scheduler , and we’ll come over to go 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, meaning the roof needs enough space that’s almost shade-free to place the panels. Each module needs 15 square feet of roof space. Your Central Air 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 Portland Metro Homeowner’s Association, you could 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 necessitate an elaborate new internet connection. It only requires an internet connection with a broadband router that’s always on so you can utilize the system’s web-based performance monitoring capabilities. Step 5: Call your utility company to learn about solar programs and policies. Utility companies commonly have solar rebates and incentive opportunities 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 professionals can help you find and fill out these forms. With these easy steps, getting started with solar is a breeze . We should also mention the savings you’ll accumulate when the system is in place. If you have other questions or concerns prior to your solar product installation, just call Central Air Inc at 503-656-1908.