Solar photovoltaic (PV) systems convert sunlight into electricity. Most of the solar PV systems we sell are "grid tied" systems that require no batteries and take advantage of a special offering by BC Hydro and Fortis Electric called Net-Metering. But how does this actually work?
With increasing electricity prices and a dramatic drop in the manufacturing costs of solar arrays, the economics of going solar are getting better and better. Below are some of our favourite reasons to go solar.
Solar panels have 25-year performance warranties and are expected to generate a good amount of electricity well beyond that!
Solar panels offer a low risk, high return on investment over the life of the system. These projected returns are already after tax, unlike other investments like mutual funds whose returns will be subsequently taxed.
Solar panels increase your home's value. The Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory found that homes with an averaged size (3.8 kW) solar system were selling at a $15,000 premium over homes without solar.
Investing in solar helps you gain independence and protect you against fluctuating and unreliable electricity pricing from BC Hydro and Fortis.
Step 1: Preliminary Estimate
Give us a call or fill out our online form to provide us with information needed to come up with a preliminary estimate. We will email you an estimate that includes site-specific solar production calculations, savings calculations, and expected cost of different solar PV systems, so that you can get an initial sense of the systems that might work for you.
Step 2: Site Visit
Next we will schedule a one-hour site visit, during which we will confirm any assumptions made in our preliminary estimate. This includes looking at the capacity of your existing electrical panel(s) to accommodate solar and performing an onsite shade analysis. If electrical consumption data from your utility provider was not provided already, getting a copy of your historical electrical consumption at this stage will also provide a more accurate calculation of projected solar energy savings.
Step 3: Final Quote & Contract
We will provide a firm quote based on the site assessment. Once we have a signed contract in place, we will order all the parts for your project. We will also, on your behalf, submit the necessary paperwork for approval to interconnect your system to the BC Hydro, Fortis Electric, or other Utility provider's grid.
Step 4: Installation
The length of the install will vary with the size and complexity of the system. Most installations take approximately 1-2 weeks to complete. As most of the work is done outside, there is limited disruption to your day or access that is required. We believe that a quality installation is worth spending extra time and not cutting corners, and we also believe in the value of following through on our commitments. We won’t promise to deliver the fastest installation on the market, but with all our experience delivering solar installations, we know how to come through on-time and on-budget.
Step 5: Monitoring and Saving
The part you've been waiting for! Once we have approval from the Utility, you get to flip the switch and begin generating your own energy from the sun. Our systems come with a proprietary monitoring system where you can see your detailed solar generation and the usage in your house all in single, easy to use app.
Did we mention you'll save tons of money on your Utility bills?
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