Is my property right for solar panels?
There are a few requirements for solar panel installations:
- Southern facing roof - angled or flat
- Little to no shading - from trees or other buildings
- A fairly new roof - to avoid having to remove the installation to replace the roof
- An owner committed to making a positive change
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Why install solar panels on my house?
Alberta is phasing out coal power. By some estimates this will TRIPLE the cost of your energy bill. Installing a solar panel array on your home or business can provide a long term solution to hedge against this inevitable and massive cost to your home or business.
Solar panels also provide an on-site source of green energy so you can do your part to help make the world a little bit better and set an example to our children, our family and our neighbors.
Does the government give rebates for solar in Calgary or Alberta?
The government announced rebates coming in May/June 2017. Check out our Alberta and Calgary solar rebate section to learn more.
There are also rebates specifically for farmers.
What is the Alberta Micro-Generation program?
Alberta's Micro-Generation program allows for on-site generation of one's own electricity to meet the energy demands of that household or business. Under the regulation, micro-generators receive credits for the electricity that they produce but do not consume.
When the solar panels on your home or business produce more energy than you consume, the excess power goes into the grid. Your account is then credited by the utility company for this excess energy your panels produce. If, during nighttime or cloudy weather, your home or business needs to draw on power from the grid, your usage will just be subtracted from times where you produced a surplus.
It's a great system!
What happens with the extra electricity I produce?
It goes into the grid and helps power your community with green energy. The utility company will credit your account for the next month.
Can my electricity bill really be $0?
Most electrical companies charge a small connection fee, but a home or business with a solar array can get very close to a $0 electricity bill.
How long will my solar panels last?
All of our solar panels come with an industry leading 25 year manufactures warranty . That means your panels' life should extend well beyond the 25 year mark with some estimates putting the lifetime of the average solar panel at 40 years.
What if we don't plan to stay in our home or business for 25 years?
Solar panels can be removed from a rooftop and installed on a new home. They can also be sold with the property, increasing the value of the home or business.
Does Solar YYC provide a warranty on their workmanship?
We are so confident in our work that we provide a 1 year warranty on our installations. With the help of a certified Master Builder, an experienced Journeymen Electrician and an up-and-coming Apprentice Electrician, we have nothing but confidence in the work we produce.
Will the application process be lengthy and tedious?
That's our job. We will need a signature now and then but as a home or business owner, you have to do very little during the process of application and installation. But with the upcoming Albertan solar rebates, the applications are coming in fast and the queues growing. To become apart of the Calgary solar community, book your free estimate today.
What kind of maintenance am I required to do on the system?
Very little. With no mechanical parts, the system is very low maintenance. Dust may collect on the panels during dry weather but a light rain or a spray with a hose will take care of it.
How does winter effect solar panels?
Cold weather will actually improve the performance of a solar panel. But with reduced sun hours per day and occasional snow coverage of the panels, overall solar performance will be reduced in winter.
Is Southern Alberta a good place to install solar panels?
Calgary has among the most sunlight hours per year of all Canadian cities and the highest for a major city.
And compared to other regions of the world, Calgary irradiance (Calgary solar potential) is equal to Northern Spain, South Australia and parts of the African continent.
Will my roof remain watertight after the installation?
Yes. We take special precautions to ensure that all roof mounts will maintain the integrity of the roof. There will be no leakage because of the installed system.
Do solar panels affect the roof's ability to insulate from the cold or heat?
How much experience does Solar YYC have with installing solar panels on homes and businesses?
We offer a wealth of experience. We have a Master, Journeymen and Apprentice electrician, all of whom have solar training and solar experience. We also have a Master Builder on staff to ensure the integrity of the building is left better than how we found it.
We have accumulated years of knowledge. We will ensure your home or business solar array is installed with best practices and that the integrity of the property is maintained. And considering we offer a nearly unbeatable price, we believe we are Calgary's number one Solar Contractor.
In how many years will I see the financial break even point for my solar installation?
Break even typically happens around the 15-20 year mark for the average Southern Albertan household. And with the 25 year manufacturers warranty, that leaves an average of 5-10 years of guaranteed profit.
Should I install battery storage with my solar panels?
Solar YYC recommends against installing a battery storage system unless the household or business in question is very remote. Batteries can be a big cost and are not necessary for grid tie-in systems.
Can I start small and then increase the size of my system over time?
Absolutely. In fact, we recommend this as a way for homeowners to become familiar and confident in the process and the system.
How does the energy company keep track of what I produce?
One of the last steps in the installation is to have the energy company install a new two-way meter free of charge. This meter will keep track of any power the panels feed into the grid, and will credit the homeowner for this power.
What is the average installation time?
For an average household we can install your solar system in 1-3 days.
How much roof space will I need?
A small installation of 3 KW will take roughly 11 feet by 20 feet worth of roof space. Most roofs in Calgary and the surrounding area can easily handle this.
A 3 KW system would provide about 30-60% of the energy needs of an average Calgarian home.
I want solar panels in my yard, not on my roof. Is this allowed?
Most major cities will not allow solar on ground mounts. But if you live in a rural area, ground mounts are an excellent choice. They can be orientated to the perfect angle and azimuth for energy harvest.
Should I go with one main string inverter or many micro-inverters?
Solar YYC recommends whole-heartedly that household systems be designed with micro-inverters.
Micro-inverters eliminate the chance of shading being a factor, they allow the system to keep producing if one panel shuts down, they allow for individual solar power monitoring, and they allow for much easier upgrading of the system if a homeowner wants to install additional panels in the future.
During the installation process will my household's power be affected?
No, and when the installation is finalized you will immediately start producing energy with your system.
Is the manufacturing of solar panels bad for the environment?
No. The manufacturing process of solar panels requires a small amount of energy, but a panel installation becomes carbon-neutral after three years. This means that the potential lifetime reduction of greenhouse gasses by solar panels is huge.
Do solar panels use rare earth minerals?
Solar panels are made mostly of silicon, one of the most common elements on earth.