Getting Started with Solar Solutions has Never Been Easier. You’ve decided to add a solar energy system. Now what? Thanks to our simple list, getting started with solar in Beaverton is a breeze. But if you have more questions, feel free to give us a call at 503-848-3838. Step 1: Call Garoken Energy Co. Inc. in Beaverton for a consultation, or schedule one online. We’ll explain our detailed planning checklist to determine whether your home meets our SunSource® installation requirements. Step 2: Determine if your roof is big enough and gets enough sun. Each solar panel takes up 15 square feet of surface area. Our professionals can help you decide how many modules you will need or want for your home. Also, your roof needs to be essentially clear of shade from trees or other objects. Southern exposure is best, and we will perform tests to determine your monthly energy potential. Step 3: Look into possible building restrictions. Some Beaverton neighborhoods and Homeowner’s Associations may ask 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 combined with a broadband router to utilize the SunSource performance monitoring service. Step 5: Find answers to all utility-related questions. Your professional from Garoken Energy Co. Inc. will check the grid power supplied by the utility company and test 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 an option. Net-metering enables you to receive credit for a portion of the electricity generated by your solar energy system. The utility company should also provide information on 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 when it’s installed you’ll love watching your utility bills shrink. Curious about how much you can save? Call Garoken Energy Co. Inc. at 503-848-3838 if you have more 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.