Getting Started with Solar Solutions has Never Been Easier. You’ve settled on adding a solar energy system to your home. Now what? Thanks to a short list we’ve made for you here, getting started with solar in Columbia is a breeze. But if you have more questions, don’t hesitate to give us a call at 601-272-8497. Step 1: Call Watts Electrical & Air Conditioning in Columbia for a consultation, or schedule one online. We’ll explain our detailed planning checklist to figure out whether your home meets our SunSource® installation requirements. Step 2: Determine whether your roof has enough space and gets enough sun. Each solar panel requires 15 square feet of surface area. Our professionals can help you determine how many modules you will need or want for your house. In addition, your roof needs to be essentially clear of shade from trees or other objects. Southern exposure is ideal, and we will perform tests to determine your monthly energy potential. Step 3: Look into possible building restrictions. Some Columbia neighborhoods and Homeowner’s Associations may require you to submit your solar power installation plans ahead of time. Step 4: Upgrade your internet service. You’ll need a constant internet connection and combined with a broadband router to make use of the SunSource performance monitoring service. Step 5: Find answers to all utility-related questions. Your professional from Watts Electrical & Air Conditioning will check the grid power supplied by the utility company and look at your home’s distribution panel to make sure you have the required specifications. You may want to call your utility company and see if a net-metering program is available. Net-metering lets you receive credit for a portion of the 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 once it’s installed you’ll love watching your utility bills decrease. Want to get an idea of your savings beforehand? Call Watts Electrical & Air Conditioning at 601-272-8497 if you have additional 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.