Getting Started with Solar Solutions has Never Been Easier. You’ve decided to add a solar energy system to your house. Now, how do you know where to begin? Thanks to a short list we’ve made for you here, getting started with solar in Keokuk is easy. But if you have more questions, don’t hesitate to give us a call at 319-524-3714. Step 1: Call WM J Kraus & Son in Keokuk for a consultation, or set one up online. We’ll explain our detailed planning checklist to decide 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 team can help you determine 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 ideal, and our techs will perform tests to discover your monthly energy potential. Step 3: Look into possible building restrictions. Some Keokuk 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 combined with a broadband router to utilize the SunSource performance monitoring service. Step 5: Find answers to all utility-related questions. Your representative at WM J Kraus & Son 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 contact your utility company and see if a net-metering program is available. Net-metering allows you to receive credit for extra 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 once it’s installed you’ll love watching your utility bills decrease. Want to get an idea of your savings beforehand? Call WM J Kraus & Son at 319-524-3714 if you have additional 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.