Residential Solar Installation

RESIDENTIAL SOLAR

Every time the sun is out it feels a little bit better!

BENEFITS OF RESIDENTIAL SOLAR

There are two main benefits of residential solar: the savings on your energy bill and environmental impact reduction. “The pros about using solar energy for your home are long term,” according to Mike Holmes, a famous Canadian builder/contractor, businessman, investor, television host, and philanthropist. You are going to consistently save money on the monthly output of electricity for years. The cost of energy keeps going up — so if you can minimize that cost, it’s a smart investment.”

NET METERING

A net metering agreement is an administrative and billing agreement to track and bill the electricity you use from the grid and the electricity you store on the grid, allowing you to effectively run your electrical meter backwards to zero net electricity. This means if your renewable energy system produces more electricity during the day than you can use, you store that extra electricity on the grid until you need it later that night, on the weekend, or later that year. Once you’re connected to the distribution system, your local energy company will continue to read your meter and subtract the value of electricity you supply to the grid from the value of what you take from the grid. What you’ll see on your bill, therefore, is the net difference between these two amounts. If your residential solar panels supply more power than what you extract from the grid over the billing cycle, you’ll receive a credit toward future energy bills!

 INSTALLATION PROCESS

Racking System

Every solar installation begins with the racking system. You need this to secure the solar panels effectively. Our company exclusively uses a Canadian made racking manufacturer, Kinetic Solar. It is hard to determine the price due to every install having a different size and layout but the average cost ranges from $2000 – $5000.

Inverters

Secondly, you need to select the inverter type. The inverter is changing the electrical current from DC to AC electricity that we use in our homes and businesses.  There are 2 types of inverters you can choose from, micro and string inverters. If using micro inverters, the inverters are mounted onto the racking system. If using a string inverter system then the inverter is mounted in your mechanical room typically. The main reason you’d choose one over the other is dependent on your solar system size. It is mainly to do with cost. Micro inverters are more cost effective up to 8 kW system size which covers most residential install sizes. String inverters are more cost effective for larger solar installs. The usual price for an inverter system for a residential home is around $2000 plus installation.

Solar Panels

The last main piece to the puzzle is selecting the solar panels. We install typically 400 to 500 watt solar panels on residential homes. This means in one peak sun hour each solar panel can produce 400 to 500 watts of electricity. Average size homes need approximately 16 solar panels with a cost around $250 to $300 each plus installation.

Smaller Components

Don’t forget we also need some smaller components such as:

  • Disconnect switch
  • Circuit breaker
  • Cable and fittings

Benefits of Installing Solar Panels

Energy Independence

Not only do our customers love being able to generate power on their own rooftops, but a home solar power system can give you security from power outages and  greater independence from the energy utility.

Return On Investment

Solar panels today have a warranty of between 25 and 30 years. A typical pay-back period is approximately 8 to 11 years. This meaning between a 9% to 12% annual return. Compared to other investment options, this is a valuable and dependable return on your investment.

Benefit The Environment

It is very beneficial to the environment to install solar!Installing solar panels on your home helps combat greenhouse gas emissions and reduces our collective dependence on fossil fuel.

All of the electricity produced by a solar panel system is Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions-free: solar power is clean, renewable energy. A 8 kilowatt system, which is the average residential installation size, will produce roughly 262,000 kilowatt-hours (kWh) of emissions-free electricity in its lifetime. That’s equivalent to offsetting 165 metric tonnes of CO2.

1 kW of solar installed = 20 metric tonnes of CO₂ reduction.

Lock In Low Energy Prices

With electricity prices continuing to increase, the upfront cost you pay for your solar system will provide you with zero cost power for 30+ years.

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PROCESS OF OUR SERVICE

1

Consultation

Start with a free consultation to gauge your desires, budget and unique project requirements.

2

Proposal

Receive a proposal detailing different options and benefits for your building(s).

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Design & Permitting

Surprisingly to some people the most lengthy portion of a solar install is the permitting process. This can take anywhere between 2 to 4 months.

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Installation

The actual install time for a residential house takes place in around a week.

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Monitoring

Monitor your solar energy production through a free online portal. Display it on your website and in your lobby if it is of interest.

COST OF INSTALLING SOLAR PANELS

The average cost of a solar power system in Canada is between $15,000 and $30,000. That cost is dependent on several factors, and can be further broken down per province. That price range applies for around a 8 kW / 8,000 Watt system (required for an average home), but size changes depending on many factors such as your house size and number of people living in the house.

Additionally, output on the panels is guaranteed for 25 years, so you may want to replace your shingles before installing solar. It is a significant investment, but the up front cost allows you to take comfort in the energy and environmental savings for years to come outlined above.

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