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Solar Energy

Solar panel systems convert sunlight into direct current to power your home. As sunlight comes into direct or diffused contact with surface of the solar panels, the sunlight is converted into electricity which can be used or sold back to the grid for income.

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The amount of light that hits the earth’s surface in 90 minutes generates enough energy to meet the world’s energy demands for an entire year. 

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Basics of Solar Panel Systems

Solar panels, otherwise known as photovoltaic panels, convert sunlight produced by the sun into electrical energy that can be used to power your home, stored in a battery or sold back to the grid for income. As sunlight comes into contact with the surface of the panels, photovoltaic cells located within the panel convert the light into current. The amount of energy generated by sunlight is typically affected by the wavelength, recombination, temperature and/or reflection of the light. The overall size of the system also plays a significant role. 

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How much energy can be generated by Solar Panels?

The amount of energy that your solar panel system can generate depends on several factors including: system size, geographic region, shading, roof orientation and panel quality.

Seeing as the average Canadian household consumes approximately 11,000 kWh of electricity a year, the typical solar panel system should go a long way toward supplementing these figures. 

In Canada, the typical solar panel system has a capacity of 10,000 kWh, meaning that in optimal conditions, your panels should generate enough energy to fulfill most of your energy needs. That’s a lot of power!

What are the costs of a Solar Panel system?

The price tag of any solar panel system usually depends on the installation costs and the total size of the solar panel system, typically measured in kilowatts. In addition to these factors, homeowners can also expect these costs to change depending on the quality of the panels installed and/or the quality of the company that will be performing the solar panel system installation. 

Benefits for Homeowners

Solar powered electricity systems provide a plethora of benefits to the current homeowner and to future homeowners as well. Not only do solar panels reduce the costs of heating and cooling your home, but they also have been shown to have a positive effect on property values. Plus, ensure that your home will always have a reliable energy source and remove your dependence on traditional electric grids. 

Reduced Electricity Costs

Save money on your electric costs when compared to the grid

Increased Home Value

Continously increase the property value of your home by installing solar

Energy Independence

Secure your future and eliminate your reliance on public electricity services
Save on your monthly electric & heating costs!

Light Your Home With The Power of the Sun

Protect your family from rising electricity rates by powering your home with solar. Keep your ecological footprint to a minimum while reducing your monthly expenses. Take control of your future and gain your independence from the electric grid by switching to solar energy today!

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    Commonly asked questions about Solar Energy

    Solar Panel System FAQs

    Solar panels, made of up many photovoltaic (or PV) cells, convert sunlight into electricity via the Photovoltaic Effect. The direct current (DC) produced by the panel system is converted into alternating current (AC) that can be used to power your home or vehicle.
    Whether solar energy is a feasible solution for your household depends on many factors including the direction that your roof faces and how much direct sunlight your property receives.

    Typically, homes with south facing roofs that get plenty of sunlight are optimal candidates for solar energy. Don't be discouraged if your household faces another direction or is victim to some shading. Due to modern technology, there are many solutions that can make solar feasible for nearly every homeowner.
    Despite what is typically assumed, solar panels work well in winter climates like that of Canada's. Solar panels are usually installed at an angle to best capture sunlight. Because of this angled installation, ice or snow that accumulates on the surface of the panels melts and slides right off. Also, solar panels produce heat while generating electricity, also aiding in the quick disappearance of any snow that may build up after heavy snowfall.
    When properly installed, solar panels do not affect the strength or durability of your roof. The use of flashing will result in complete protection from weather elements for the lifespan of your roof.
    Homeowners that enroll in net-metering programs can benefit from using the electricity produced by their panels, by selling the electricity back to the grid or storing the electricity in a battery for later use. During off peak times of the year when sunlight hours decrease, homeowners may elect to fulfill their energy needs from their local utility.
    The average homeowner can expect to have the panels pay themselves off in approximately 9 to 12 years after installation. The amount you actually save over time may vary depending on electricity and rebate rates.
    Studies have shown that property values benefit from solar panel systems, especially those that have already been paid off. Over time, the operational cost of homes powered by solar energy is significantly lower than those powered by traditional sources.
    Modern solar panel systems are usually made of high-quality, durable materials that have been designed to withstand the harsh Canadian climate. The average solar panel system can produce electricity for upwards of 25 or 35 years or more.
    Financing for solar panel systems is available through traditional financier such as the major banks and credit unions in Canada. In addition, financing options are also available through solar panel installers. Government rebates and incentives are also available nationwide to assist in the purchase of solar panel systems.
    Several federal and provincial clean energy tax incentives/rebate programs are available for homeowners across Canada. In addition, several municipalities offer flexible clean energy incentives including those that can be applied to the installation of a new solar panel system.