Getting Started With Lennox® Solar Solutions is Easy . You’ve made the decision to add a solar energy system. Now what? Thanks to our simple list, getting started with solar in Longview is simple. But if you ever have questions, just give us a call at 903-758-0701. Step 1: Call Ben Maines Air Conditioning, Inc. in Longview 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: Find out if your roof has enough space and gets enough sun. Each solar panel requires 15 square feet of surface area. Our experts can help you decide how many modules you will need or want for your house. In addition, your roof needs to be mostly clear of shade from trees or other objects. Southern exposure is best, and our techs will perform tests to figure out your monthly energy potential. Step 3: Look into possible building restrictions. Some Longview neighborhoods and Homeowner’s Associations may require 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 paired with a broadband router to make use of the SunSource performance monitoring service. Step 5: Find answers to all utility-related questions. Your technician from Ben Maines Air Conditioning, Inc. will check the grid power supplied by the utility company and test your home’s distribution panel to make sure you meet the product specifications. You may want to check with your utility company and see if a net-metering program is available. Net-metering lets you receive credit for extra 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 lots to do to prepare for a SunSource® Home Energy System, but once it’s installed you’ll love watching your utility bills decrease. Want to get an idea of your savings beforehand? Call Ben Maines Air Conditioning, Inc. at 903-758-0701 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.