Solar FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

So you’ve started to think about saving money, being green, and going solar. But this technology is new to you, and your not sure where to start.

We get it. Because of this, we’ve put together this Frequently Asked Questions section. Click on the questions below to see the answer, and let us know if you have any questions that we did not answer here! We’re happy to help.

1. How much does a solar PV system cost?

This is a difficult question to answer. It is like asking ‘How much does a home cost?’. Depending on whether you are looking at a duplex or acreage, the price difference can be massive.

The cost of a solar PV system is affected by a number of factors, similar to when buying a home. Each home is different, and every family is different: including the way and amount of energy your family uses. Because of these factors, it is difficult to provide an estimate without a bit more information.

Here are some things that we take into consideration when giving you an estimate:

  • The amount of energy you use (your kWh consumption can be calculated using your electricity bills)
  • The amount of space available on your roof or in your yard (if applicable)
  • Your homes infrastructure (Safety is a top priority! We look to make sure your roof and electrical infrastructure can support a solar PV system)

These are only a few factors which can impact the cost of your system. We are happy to provide a free estimate based on your home and lifestyle! Fill out this form for a FREE Estimate!

2. Do I need a roof slope that only faces south?

Not at all. Although, a south facing slope is certainly ideal for production values, east and west facing slopes are not far behind. In fact when using a east – west configuration for a solar PV system, you can potentially gain more production than one south facing slope.

Fun Fact: The majority of our designs and installations are on east and west slopes, or a combination of east – west – south facing slopes.

3. Are there rebates or other incentives available for solar?

YES! There are provincial rebates available for home owners, business owners, agriculture industries, not-for-profit organizations, and Indigenous Communities.

Please visit the Rebates section of our website for details.

4. Is it true that you can connect your solar power system to the grid and get paid for any excess electrical generation your system sends to the grid?

YES! Grid connected systems are simple and quick for a certified electrician to install, and can save you money, or potentially have a return. If your solar pv system produces more energy than your household consumes you may receive the difference. It is important to understand that provincial rebates are available ONLY for grid-connected systems. If you plan to go off-the-grid, you will not be eligible for these rebates.

5. Where do the batteries go?

If you are going off-grid, we can install a battery bank. That being said, most homeowners opt for a grid-connected solar PV system, which does not require batteries!

What is the difference?

An off-grid system uses a battery bank to store the energy produced through the use of your solar PV system. This battery bank is an added expense to your system, and is not eligible to receive monetary returns if you produce more electricity than you consume.

A grid-connected system is tied right in to your local electrical grid. This means you don’t need batteries, because the grid provides the storage. You pay for this service through your electricity administration fees already, so you don’t need to spend any money to store the energy your system produces!

6. Can I have a battery back-up system with grid-connected solar?

Absolutely! This is not a problem. You can have either a DC coupled battery back-up system or an AC coupled battery back-up system (like the Tesla Power Wall). It is important to understand that the Alberta solar rebates do not cover the purchase or installation of batteries and any associated equipment.

7. Is it true that only Electricians can perform the majority of the installation of a solar PV system?

Yes, this is true.

Solar PV systems can have large, dangerous voltages and currents. These voltages and currents have the potential to cause fires, injury or death if installed incorrectly by labourers and handy-persons. To keep your family and your home safe, only allow a qualified electrician to install a solar PV system on your home / business / organization. Electricians have an intimate knowledge of the Canadian Electrical Code. This code sets out all the rules for the proper installation of electrical equipment and solar is electrical equipment. Because of these risks the Provincial Legislation for the Alberta Trades Regulation Act requires an electrician install solar PV systems. Read about this requirement HERE.

If you hire a solar contractor that tells you that they don’t need to hire properly trained electricians; The contractor will be on the hook for any damage or injury caused by an improperly installed system, and you (the home owner) will be on the hook as well.

Your and your family’s safety and your homes safety are as important to us as our own.