You might not know Calgary is the only major city in Canada to average nearly 2400 hours of sun a year. It’s combination of lots of sun, low temperatures and expensive billing rates make it one of the best places in Canada to install solar PV.
As electricity rates continue to rise, solar energy is one of the most effective ways for Calgary homeowners to liberate themselves from electricity costs. Practically speaking, solar power is free after the system has been installed. No matter you are a home- or business-owners, going solar nets you a great return on your investment.
If the cost of the solar installation is what’s preventing you from making the switch, Greener Home Program might help!
Government of Canada aimed to help Canadian make where they live more energy-efficient. The Canada Greener Homes Initiative will help homeowners save money, create new jobs across Canada for energy advisors and fight climate change.
The Canada Greener Homes Grant covers eligible retrofits like home insulation, windows and doors, heat pumps and solar panels as well as resiliency measures.
Grant amount: $125 – $5,000
Maximum contribution toward the total costs of pre- and post retrofit EnerGuide evaluations: Up to $600
**Install solar panels (PV System) with a capacity equal to or grater than 1.0kW DC, the grant would be $1,000 per kW
The Canada Greener Homes Loan is a 10-year interest-free financing loan option available to all Canadians. Albertans can get a 0% interest free loan on approved energy efficient retrofit up to a maximum of $40,000 over a period of 10 years.
Loan amount: Up to $40,000
Loan type: Unsecured personal loan on approved credit
Q1. What are the financial benefits of solar energy?
A1: When you install a solar energy system on your property, you save money on your electricity bills and protect yourself against rising electricity rates in the future. How much you can save depends on the utility rates and solar policies in your area.
Q2. How does solar impact my property values?
A2: Studies have shown that homes with solar energy systems sell for more than homes without them. However, your property value will only increase if you own, rather than lease, your solar panel system.
Q3. How do solar photovoltaic (PV) panels work?
A3: Solar panels absorb the sun’s energy throughout the day and convert it into direct current (DC) electricity. Most homes and businesses run on alternating current (AC) electricity, so the DC electricity is then passed through an inverter to convert it to usable AC electricity. At that point, you either use the electricity in your house or send it back to the electric grid.
Q4. Do my solar panels produce power when the sun isn’t shining?
A4: The amount of power your solar energy system can generate is dependent on sunlight. As a result, your solar panels will produce slightly less energy when the weather is cloudy, and no energy at night.
Q5. What happens if there is snow on solar panels?
A5: Solar panels convert sunshine into power, so if your panels are covered in snow they can’t produce electricity. Snow generally isn’t heavy enough to cause structural issues with your panels, and since most panels are tilted at an angle the snow will slide off. If snow does accumulate, your panels are easy to clean.
Q6. Will I still receive an electric bill if I have solar panels?
A6: Unless your solar energy system includes battery storage and you are fully off the grid, you will still receive a bill from your utility. However, you can dramatically reduce your bill, or even cut the amount you owe to $0, with a solar panel system that matches your energy use.
Q7. How much will solar panel maintenance cost?
A7: Solar panel systems are made of durable tempered glass and require little to no maintenance for the 25 to 35 years that they will generate power. In most cases, you don’t even need to clean your solar panels regularly. If something does happen, most equipment manufacturers include warranties, although warranty terms depend on the company.
Q8. Is my roof suitable for solar panels?
A8: Southerly-facing roofs with little to no shade and enough space to fit a solar panel system are ideal for installing solar. However, in many cases there are workarounds if your home doesn’t have the ideal solar roof.
Q9. What size solar energy system should I get?
A9: The size of your solar energy system will depend on how much electricity you use on a monthly basis, as well as the weather conditions where you live. Take a look at your past electricity bills and compare offers from licensed, pre-screened solar installers to determine the best system size for your needs.
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