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Homeowner's 9-Minute
Solar Course

Quickly learn the basics of residential solar and what a solar panel system can mean for you as a homeowner. In addition to its environmental qualities, solar panel systems can provide significant savings on energy, heating and cooling costs.

Welcome to our Solar Homeowner's Course!

In less than 9 minutes, take our solar homeowner course and bring yourself up to speed in the world of residential solar. After the short video and the short quiz that follows, you’ll have all of the knowledge that you need to get started in solar. Like many homeowners, you’ll likely find that there is often a plethora of economic benefits that accompany the environmental appeal of powering your home with solar energy. Let’s get started!

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.