Getting Started with Solar Solutions has Never Been Easier. Adding solar-powered equipment to your home is a good investment that will help you become more environmentally responsible and less dependent on fossil fuels. But it does require a little preparation prior to installing the system. We’ve listed the steps below to help you make your home solar-ready. Step 1: Schedule a consultation with Cytech Heating & Cooling in the Upper Rio Grande Valley. 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 requires 15 square feet of roof space. Your Cytech Heating & Cooling representative will help determine 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 the Upper Rio Grande Valley 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 always on so you can take advantage of the system’s web-based performance monitoring capabilities. Step 5: Call your utility company to learn about solar programs and policies. Utility companies frequently have solar rebates and incentive policies to help reduce the cost of installing a solar energy system. You’ll also want to ask if the utility offers net-metering, which will enable you to get credit for surplus 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 . We should also mention the savings you’ll rack up when the system is in place. If you have other questions or concerns leading up to your solar product installation, just call Cytech Heating & Cooling at 956-381-1162.