Getting Started with Solar Solutions has Never Been Easier. Adding solar-powered systems to your home is a smart investment that will help you become more eco-friendly and less dependent on the utility company. But it will require a bit of preparation before the system is installed. We’ve outlined the steps below to help you make your home solar-ready. Step 1: Schedule a consultation with Garoken Energy Co. Inc. in Beaverton. 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 takes up 15 square feet of roof space. Your Garoken Energy Co. 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 Beaverton Homeowner’s Association, you could 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 a fancy new internet connection. It simply requires an internet connection with a broadband router that’s constantly on so you can take advantage of the system’s web-based performance monitoring service. Step 5: Call your utility company to learn about solar programs and policies. Utility companies commonly have solar rebates and incentive opportunities to help decrease the cost of installing a solar energy system. You’ll also want to ask 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 simple steps, getting started with solar is easy . Don’t let us forget to mention the savings you’ll rack up after the system is in place. If you have other questions or concerns leading up to your solar product installation, just call Garoken Energy Co. Inc. at 503-374-1934.