When Is The Best Time To Get Your Solar System Installed?

Although there isn’t a particular correct answer for this question, there are many factors that will determine the ideal season to conduct your solar panel installation. It’s important to keep in mind that the best time of year for getting your solar panels installed will largely depend on where you live and what type of roof you have, but there are some general trends we can look at.

Is Winter a Good Choice?

It turns out, winter is a great season to make the switch to solar powered energy. In terms of durability, solar panels are typically constructed with high quality materials that are built to withstand the rugged Canadian winter climate. The energy generation losses due to the cold weather are minimal and won’t have a significant affect on your annual production amount.

Incentives & Installation Timing

This is also the time when solar panel companies will have their best competition from other firms, so they may be able to offer special incentives during this time of year. There are also several federal and provincial rebates that can be used to offset the costs associated with a new solar panel system. These rebates are tax-deductible and are available for Canadians from coast to coast at any time of the year. You can learn more about federal & provincial rebates in Canada here.

Net-Metered Systems

Customers who opt to enable net-metering have the ability to use their solar panel system to generate electricity for their personal use and to earn credits toward their future electricity use as well. During the summer season, when your solar panel system is operating in optimal conditions, excess energy generated by the panels can be sent to your local electricity distributor for credits. These credits can be used to offset your electricity bill in the winter when your energy usage is typically at its peak for the year. Net-metered solutions are flexible and allow a homeowner to minimize their electricity costs all year round.

Non Net-Metered Systems

For those homeowners who opt to refrain from net-metered solutions, seasonality will play a much greater role in the electrical output a typical solar panel system is able to generate on an annual basis. Such systems do not leverage excess energy production during optimal periods and will benefit from installation during favorable climates, as to take advantage of the longer sunlight hours and increased temperatures. In Canada, this optimal sunlight hours segment of the year runs from August to October. This timeframe will likely coincide with your home’s peak energy consumption period as most homes use more electricity in the winter months due to high furnace and radiator usage.

Weather Or Not

On average, the typical solar panel system will experience a significant portion of its annual electricity production in the Spring months on an average rooftop produces more electricity during the spring season when sunlight hours usually peak for the year. However, there are many factors to consider when choosing an ideal installation time. Net-metered systems minimize the effect that seasonality has on electricity production–minimizing the impact of longer sunlight hours. In short, the best time to install solar will differ from homeowner to homeowner. Financing, competition and system type will all play an equal role when making the decision to switch to solar.