As with the panels used for solar pool heating, it’s best that the solar panels face South (in Ontario) while sitting approximately on a 40 to 45 degree slope.
The solar modules are composed of a group of high grade Swedish Polycrystalline, Monocrystalline, which are silicon based cells that convert the solar energy
into electricity. Solar PV modules may not replace the entire needs of an average household’s electricity consumption, but they will make a significant contribution to the overall electricity demand.
In Addition, by signing up for the Ontario MicroFIT program you can enjoy the benefits of generating clean energy and selling it for a guaranteed price
with a fair return on your investment. The program provides homeowners and other eligible participants with the opportunity to develop a small or “micro” renewable electricity generation project (10 kilowatts or less in size) on their property. In general, Solar PV panels have a return on investment (ROI) of 10 – 12 % with a payback of 7 – 9 years.
The Ontario MicroFIT program currently offers $0.802 kilowatt/hour for roof mounted systems. Ground mounted systems have a $0.642 kilowatt/hour incentive rate. Over 10 kilowatts will be placed in the Ontario MicroFIT program at an incentive rate of $0.713 kilowatt/hour and lower depending on size.
System production will depend on the effective sun exposure, shading, orientation and pitch. For example, a 5 kilowatt system will cost approximately $45,000 installed, have a payback of 7 – 9 years and a ROI of 10 – 12 %. This system would require 30 Monocrystalline modules which occupy a roof area of approximately 430 sq.ft and weigh only 2.4 lbs per square foot.
Solar Panel Construction
The Solar PV Panels we install are made from 72 silicon cells, called Monocrystalline, arranged in panels 5′ 1/2″ x 3′ x 4 1/4″ high. The cells are laminated between 4 mm high transmission, low iron tempered glass designed to withstand harsh Canadian winters. Each module weighs 33 lbs. and produces 165 to 185 watts. All equipment is sourced and tested in Ontario providing quick product retainment, local customer service,
superior testing and product standards.
Solar PV arrays are fundamentally maintenance free systems. There are no moving parts; everything is in solid state and all of the equipment is fully weather protected. Installations include monitoring devices and a web presence so that the solar PV performance can be measured online and be compared to other installed systems. With constant automatic e-mail communication between us and the array we can constantly determine if the units are operating at full capacity, diagnose any problems quickly,
efficiently and use the web portal for public relations.
Certification & Permitting
All PV modules are compliant with CSA, UL, US and ESA requirements.
The panel construction follows the Electrical Safety Authority (ESA) and Ontario Power Authority (OPA) guidelines and specifications. The array also satisfies the requirements of the Ontario MicroFIT program for a minimum of 40% provincial content and 60% provincial content after Jan. 1st, 2011.
The PV panels are designed to withstand the harsh climate in Ontario and carry a construction warranty of 10 years with an efficiency warranty of 25 years.
The coverage is 90% for the first 12 years and 80% for the remaining
3 years. Please contact us if you have any additional questions
regarding warranty or visit our FAQ page.