Getting Started With Lennox® Solar Solutions is Easy . Adding solar-powered equipment to your home is a great investment that will help you become more eco-friendly and less dependent on oil and gas. But it does require some preparation prior to installing the system. We’ve outlined the steps below to help you make your home solar-ready. Step 1: Schedule a consultation with Tri City Fuel & Heating Co., Inc. in West Columbia. Just call or set up an 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 nearly shade-free to place the panels. Each module needs 15 square feet of roof space. Your Tri City Fuel & Heating Co., Inc. representative will let you know how many solar panels you need to install to produce enough energy for your home. Step 3: Investigate possible building restrictions. If you’re a member of a neighborhood or West Columbia Homeowner’s Association, you may need to show them 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 require an elaborate new internet connection. It simply requires an internet connection with a broadband router that’s never turns off so you can utilize the system’s web-based performance monitoring service. Step 5: Call your utility company to learn about solar programs and policies. Utility companies usually have solar rebates and incentive policies to help offset 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 extra electricity your SunSource system generates. Our professionals can help you find and fill out these forms. With these few steps, getting started with solar is a breeze . And we didn’t even mention the savings you’ll add up when the system is in place. If you have other questions or concerns prior to your solar product installation, just call Tri City Fuel & Heating Co., Inc. at 803-796-9172.