First, you need to gather your electric bills for the last three months, as this will give you and the companies an idea about how much energy you use on monthly basis.
Search for companies in your area that rent solar panels or contact some of the major businesses to see if they deal in your area. You can also check for them on the internet, or ask your friends and family members if they know about any.
Talk with the representatives of a couple of companies – do not just go with the first one you call. Each company will have different contract agreements. You should go with the one that will work best for you.
A solar system for your home should not come in a cookie cutter package; look for a company that is willing to find out what will work best for you. The way they approcah you, sort out the contract parametres etc. can tell you a lot about their professionalism.
Work with the company to get your solar system up and running. Before having the company install their rental panels, discuss with them how much it would cost to put in your own system, and calculate the rent feasibility. Most companies will also handle government rebates for you. This should lower your monthly bill significantly.