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What is Solar Energy and How Does It Work?

Solar Energy Basics:

  • Solar energy is harnessed from the sun’s radiation, primarily in the form of sunlight.
  • Photovoltaic (PV) cells within solar panels convert sunlight into electricity through the photovoltaic effect.

Solar Panel Functionality:

  • Solar panels are composed of individual solar cells that generate direct current (DC) electricity when exposed to sunlight.
  • An inverter then converts the DC electricity into alternating current (AC), making it usable for homes and businesses.

Is Solar Energy Available In Calgary?

Yes, solar energy is abundantly available in Calgary, making it a viable and sustainable option for both residential and commercial use.

How Much Does a Solar Panel System Cost?

The cost of a solar panel system depends on various factors such as the size of the system, the quality of the panels, and installation costs. On average, a typical residential solar panel system can cost anywhere from $2.50-$3.50 per watt. For an average project, you will be looking at a total cost between $17,500 – $25,000.

What If I Don't Have Funding Available?

You have options, and may also be You may also be eligible to receive up to $5000 in government funding for your project. The government of Canada has recently made it much easier for anyone to receive funding of up to $40,000 on a 10 year interest free loan term!

What Factors Affect The Cost Of Installing Solar Panels?

Here are a few different factors that may affect installation costs:

  • Roof pitch, 
  • Height of the home, 
  • Location and age of the electrical panel, 
  • System type.

What Do I Need To Do To Get A Solar Assessment?

  • Provide your address. We use google maps to accurately design your layout.
  • Your most recent energy bill, so we can get rid of it!
  • Confirmation of the roofing material on your home.
  • Some pictures of your electrical panel and surrounding area.

Why Don't You Need To Come To Look At My Home For An Accurate Estimate?

We use a powerful AI platform called Aurora Solar. Which allows us to accurately propose the right system to suit your energy needs!

How Long Does It Take For Solar Panels To Pay For Themselves In Alberta?

The payback period for solar panels in Alberta varies based on several factors, including system size, energy consumption, and available incentives. On average, residential solar panels in Alberta may have a payback period of 10 to 15 years.

Is There A Solar Rebate In Alberta?

Absolutely, Alberta offers solar rebates to encourage the adoption of solar energy. These rebates can significantly offset the initial costs of installing a solar panel system.

Is It Worth Getting Solar Panels In Alberta?

Indeed, investing in solar panels in Alberta is worth considering for several reasons:

  • Financial Savings: Reduced energy bills and potential revenue through energy generation.
  • Environmental Impact: A positive contribution to a greener, more sustainable future.
  • Incentives: Availability of rebates and incentives makes the investment more attractive.

How Many Solar Panels Does It Take To Run A House?

The number of solar panels needed to power a house depends on factors such as energy consumption, location, and panel efficiency. On average, a residential solar installation in Calgary might require approximately 20 to 30 solar panels.

Do Solar Panels Work In The Winter?

Yes, solar panels can generate electricity in the winter. While their efficiency may be slightly reduced due to fewer daylight hours and snow cover, modern solar systems are designed to operate effectively even in colder climates.

Do Solar Panels Work During Cloudy Or Rainy Days?

Yes, solar panels can still generate electricity on cloudy or rainy days, although the amount of electricity produced may be reduced.

Do Solar Panels Increase Home Value In Calgary?

Absolutely, solar panels can increase the value of a home in Calgary. Homebuyers are increasingly attracted to energy-efficient features, and solar panels offer long-term savings on energy bills, making the property more appealing and valuable.

What Is The Difference Between A kWh And A kW?

  • A kilowatt-hour (kWh): is a measure of the amount of energy used over an hour. For example, if you use a 100-watt light bulb for 10 hours, you will have used a total of 1 kWh of energy (0.1 kW x 10 hours = 1 kWh).
  • A kilowatt (kW): is a measure of the rate at which energy is being used or produced at a particular moment in time. It represents the amount of power being used or produced at a specific moment. For example, a 1 kW electric heater consumes 1 kW of power while it is operating.

How Long Do Solar Panels Last And What Happens When They Reach The End Of Their Life Cycle?

Solar panels typically last between 25 to 30 years, but they can last up to 40 years with proper maintenance. 

CanREA has acknowledged the need for a recycling service in Canada.

How Much Electricity Can A Solar Panel Produce?

The amount of electricity a solar panel can produce depends on several factors such as the size of the panel, the location, and the amount of sunlight. On average, a solar panel can produce around 300 to 400 watts of electricity per hour.

How Do I Know If My Home Is Suitable For Solar Panels?

A qualified solar contractor can evaluate your home and determine if it is suitable for solar panels. Some factors that they will consider include the orientation of your roof, shading, and the angle of your roof.

Can I Install Solar Panels Myself Or Do I Need A Professional?

It is possible to install solar panels yourself, but it is highly recommended that you hire a professional to ensure that the installation is done correctly and safely.

How Do I Connect My Solar Panels To The Grid?

Your solar panel system will be connected to the grid through a process called net metering. Net metering allows you to receive credit for any excess electricity that your system generates and sends back to the grid. We will take care of this process for you!

Can I Use My Solar When The Power Goes Out?

This depends on the type of system installed. Ask us how!