Getting Started with Solar Solutions has Never Been Easier. You’ve settled on adding a solar energy system. What’s your next move? Thanks to a short list we’ve made for you here, getting started with solar in Wisconsin Rapids is a breeze. But if you ever have questions, just give us a call at 715-421-5555. Step 1: Call Rapids Sheet Metal Works Inc in Wisconsin Rapids for a consultation, or make your appointment online. We’ll go through our detailed planning checklist to decide whether your home meets our SunSource® installation requirements. Step 2: Determine whether your roof is large enough and gets enough sun. Each solar panel needs 15 square feet of surface area. Our team can help you choose how many modules you will need or want. In addition, your roof needs to be mostly clear of shade from trees or other objects. Southern exposure is ideal, and we will perform tests to figure out your monthly energy potential. Step 3: Look into possible building restrictions. Some Wisconsin Rapids neighborhoods and Homeowner’s Associations may need you to submit your solar power plans before the system is installed. Step 4: Upgrade your internet service. You’ll need internet that’s always connected and joined 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 Rapids Sheet Metal Works Inc will check the grid power supplied by the utility company and look at 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 part of the electricity generated by your solar energy system. The utility company will also let you know whether your solar products will qualify for rebates or incentives*. There’s lots to do to prepare for a SunSource® Home Energy System, but when it’s installed you’ll love watching your utility bills shrink. Want an idea of how much you could save? Call Rapids Sheet Metal Works Inc at 715-421-5555 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.