Most people are here for one of only two reasons. Curiosity about solar, or you're ready to proceed.
If you're curious, it's probably because of the increasing popularity of solar, the rebate program, or the increase in affordability.
Whatever your reason for being here, we need to start with everyone's first question: "What would it take to add solar to my roof"
Alberta is statistically one of the sunniest places in the world so think of your solar panels as a mini power plant that, instead of coal or gas, uses the sun to power your home.
It's Important to understand that most people with solar are still connected to the grid which means they always have access to power - even at night and in winter. When the sun is shining the panels power your home and when it's really shining your home turns into that mini power plant. Summer and winter in Western Canada are vastly different solar climates. Our goal, or more specifically your goal is to produce enough excess energy in the summer, when the sun is directly overhead, to cover your bill during the winter when the sun is on the southern horizon. And when we say summer we mean from the spring equinox when the sun is just coming into optimal solar positioning, until the autumnal equinox when it starts leaving.
Excess energy that your cells produce feed back into the grid and your bill is credited.
This guide from Canadian Solar Industries Association provides an abundance of information on going solar