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 environmentally friendly and less dependent on fossil fuels. But it can require a bit of 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 Patterson & Stirling Inc in Erie. Just call or set up an appointment using our online scheduler , and we’ll walk you through our detailed solar planning checklist and discover 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, which means the roof needs enough space that’s almost shade-free to place the panels. Each module takes up 15 square feet of roof space. Your Patterson & Stirling Inc representative will help you decide how many solar panels you need to install to have enough energy for your home. Step 3: Investigate possible building restrictions. If you’re a member of a neighborhood or Erie Homeowner’s Association, you may need to submit 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 only requires an internet connection with a broadband router that’s always on so you can make use of the system’s web-based performance monitoring abilities. Step 5: Call your utility company to learn about solar programs and policies. Utility companies usually have solar rebates and incentive opportunities to help decrease 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 experts can help you find and fill out these forms. With these easy steps, getting started with solar is a cinch . And we didn’t even mention the savings you’ll rack up once the system is in place. If you have other questions or concerns prior to your solar product installation, just call Patterson & Stirling Inc at 814-308-0416.