Solar modules are highly effective in Calgary, thanks to the city's status as one of Canada's sunniest. The abundant sunshine ensures that solar panels can generate significant energy, making them a practical and efficient choice for both residential and commercial properties.
Yes, solar panels can generate power even during Calgary's winter months. Although the efficiency may slightly decrease due to fewer daylight hours and potential snow coverage, modern solar panels are designed to be effective in various weather conditions.
Installing solar panels in Calgary can help you save money on your power bills! Plus, there are various government incentives and grants, like the CEIP and Canada Greener Homes Grant, which can help offset the initial installation costs. Solar panels can also increase the value of your property, if or when you sell your home.
The installation time can vary depending on the size and complexity of the system. However, most residential solar panel installations in Calgary can be completed within a few days once all necessary permits and equipment are in place.
Solar panels require minimal maintenance. They should be kept clean and free of debris, snow, or anything that might block sunlight. Regular visual inspections and professional check-ups can ensure they operate at peak efficiency
Solar panels are typically installed on South, East, or West facing roof planes to maximize the sun exposure reaching the solar panels. When solar panels are exposed to sun, a reaction occurs and DC power is produced by the solar panels. DC power is converted to AC power (the type used in your household) by the inverter, and then this power is delivered to your home's electrical system. This power can be stored in a battery, or used by home appliances like AC, hot tubs, fridge, light bulbs, or anything consuming electricity.
Excess electricity is sent back to the grid, and the bidirectional home meter records the total flow of electricity from the house. The amount of electricity exported is credited on the electricity bill to reduce the overall home energy cost. The price you pay for electricity, is typically the price you will receive for your exported electricity in Alberta.
The amount you can save is proportional to the amount you currently spend on your electricity bill. With solar systems, you can design to a maximum of 110% of your home usage. If your electricity bill is $200/month, that's how much you could save with solar. It's important to consider that administration and transmision fees will still be present on your bill, so it can be difficult to offset 100%. Battery storage can assist with reducing these fees.
The major factors impacting residential solar production is the design of the roof and shading surrounding the property. South facing roof slopes without obstructions from neighbouring homes or trees will result in the most efficient electricity production.
Yes. The most commonly used incentive is the Greener Homes Grant & Loan Program. This program offers a $5,000 grant incentive for installing solar panels, and will bundle up to $40,000 of project costs into a 0% loan.
The Clean Energy Improvement Program can also be utilized to finance residential solar projects. The program is distributed by Alberta municipalities for loans up to $50,000 of projects costs with repayment terms up to 20 years. Interest rates vary between municipalities, but range between (2%-4%).
Most properties are suitable for solar panel installation, but factors such as roof condition, angle, and shading can impact efficiency. Evalence Renewables offers site assessments to determine the best solar panel solution for your specific property.
Solar panels are generally maintenance free for home owners. Our systems come with monitoring software which can be utilized by our team, and the home owner to monitor solar production. If the monitoring software determines a panel is underperforming, than a service call would be completed to assess the panel condition.
Yes. Most residential solar systems installed in Alberta are grid-tied. This means the home, and the solar system are connected with the electrical grid. We reccommend this set up because it gives home owners the most flexible and robust solution for their needs.
The installation duration for an EV charger can take several hours to a day, depending on factors such as the type of charger, the wiring complexity, and any modifications needed for your electrical system. The more complex the installation, the more time required to complete it!