Solar PV

Solar PV is a great option for home owners and businesses who are looking to invest in the future of their buildings and properties. By producing power, not only does the value of the building increase, but there are many benefits to installing solar.

Solar PV energy has the following advantages over conventional energy:

  • Rebates and Feed in Tariff programs available
  • Low operating costs
  • High reliability, demonstrated life of 20+ yrs
  • Power generation at the point of use
  • Improved production efficiencies (less transmission loss)
  • Quick installation
  • Max sunlight hours correspond with peak demand/prices
  • Fuel source is vast and clean

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FAQ

How does it work?

Photovoltaic energy is the conversion of sunlight into electricity through a photovoltaic (PV) cell, commonly called a solar cell. The solar cells convert the particles of energy produced by the sun ( photons) into electricity by focusing and capturing that energy within the solar cell.

The electricity that is produced has Durect Current (DC) and is then converted to Alternative Current (AC) through an inverter to run your appliances in your home.

How much does a solar installation cost?

System sizes, equipment and configurations can vary significantly.

We are pleased to offer a no cost, and no obligation quote specific for you and your project

What are the financial benefits?
  1. If you are located in Ontario, you can sell your power back to the grid, and receive a fixed guaranteed rate for that power for 20 years.
  2. You can depreciate the cost of the system to reduce your taxable solar income to zero, which increases your effective rate of return (consult your tax advisor and Canada Revenue Agency).
  3. Increase the resale value of your home. Homes with solar installations have been shown to sell more quickly and sell at a premium.
Are there other benefits?

The environmental benefits are big. A typical 2 kW residential rooftop installation will reduce your family's carbon footprint by 2.6 tons per year for 35 to 40 years.

Aren't we too far north to generate solar power?

Ontario has enough annual hours of solar radiation to be considered an excellent site for solar, and is attracting international interest in building large-scale 'solar farms' here. The GTA's latitude is equivalent to the south of France. Germany's latitude is further north, and it is the world's leading country with installed solar.

Isn't it too cold?

Solar panels often work better in cold temperatures during winter months because there is an increase in the conductivity of the metals.

Will the panels produce power on cloudy or snowy days?

Even on cloudy days some light is absorbed by the panels, so some power will be produced. With snow, the panels capture heat during the day and the melting snow creates a water slick. The snow slides off and the panels resume producing power.

Then what are important things to consider?

The most important predictors of solar power generation are present and potential future shading on the panels (chimneys, trees, other buildings), their slope and orientation towards the sun, and the average annual hours of radiation in your location.

Will my home have power in a blackout?

This is possible if you also install a battery back-up system. All microFIT and FIT system contract do not offer the option of battery back-up systems.

Are there government incentives available?

Through the only such program in Canada, Ontario offers to purchase the electricity you generate at a guaranteed rate.

What is the Feed-In-Tariff Program (FIT)?

It's an agreement with the Ontario Power Authority to sell and export your power to the grid. The offer is available to residential, commercial, industrial locations, and solar farms. The current 20-year contract offers to purchase power at a fixed rate.

What is the difference between a net-metered and an FIT grid-tied system?

With net-metering you consume the electricity your panels produce. Any excess power is fed back through the grid and credited to your hydro bill. You import less power from your utility, and so your electricity bill is reduced.

With the Feed-In-Tariff program a grid-tied system you export all the power generated by your panels back through the grid. The amount you export is tracked by a second meter installed beside the current one. You receive a bill from your utility as usual for the electricity you consume, and your utility credits you for the power you have exported. Both ways of being grid-tied have the same environmental benefits.

If I sign a with the Feed-In-Tariff program, how much income can I expect?

The potential income varies pending on the size of system, and the installation style ( Ground or Roof Mounted )

Please contact us for a detailed evaluation.