Getting Started with Solar Solutions has Never Been Easier. You’ve decided to add a solar energy system to your home. Now, how do you know where to begin? Thanks to a short list we’ve made for you here, getting started with solar in Shelby is a breeze. But if you ever have questions, just give us a call at 704-233-7363. Step 1: Call Hopper Heating and Air in Shelby for a consultation, or schedule one online. We’ll go through our detailed planning checklist to decide whether your home meets our SunSource® installation requirements. Step 2: Find out if your roof has enough space and gets enough sun. Each solar panel needs 15 square feet of surface area. Our professionals can help you decide how many modules you will need or want. In addition, your roof needs to be mostly clear of shade from trees or other objects. Southern exposure is ideal, and our techs will perform tests to determine your monthly energy potential. Step 3: Look into possible building restrictions. Some Shelby neighborhoods and Homeowner’s Associations may require you to submit your solar power plans before the system is installed. Step 4: Upgrade your internet service. You’ll need an internet connection that’s always on and paired with a broadband router to make use of the SunSource performance monitoring service. Step 5: Find answers to all utility-related questions. Your representative at Hopper Heating and Air 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 check with your utility company and see if a net-metering program is available. Net-metering lets you receive credit for part of the electricity generated by your solar energy system. The utility company can also tell you 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 Hopper Heating and Air at 704-233-7363 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.