Solar Panels Calgary: How much do solar panels cost?

Solar panels cost in Calgary has dramatically decreased over the years. This is thanks to improving technology, increasing demand, increasing social desire to be sustainable, and increasing government rebates available to Canadians. While many information points out that solar is more affordable than ever before, there are many factors that affect the price of Calgary solar panels for your home.

Solar panels in Calgary: How much do solar panels cost?

How much do solar panels cost in Calgary? While there are many factors that affect the price for solar panels, the average cost to install solar panels can fall anywhere between $9,000 to $17,000 after rebates. This price range is typically quoted for turnkey solar panel installations for your home. Administrative fees (Microgen application, permit application), materials, and labour are included in the cost of solar panels for your Calgary home. While this gives you an idea of how much solar panels could potentially cost, it is always best to speak to a local solar panel company to determine how much you will actually pay for solar panels.

Pro Tip: Find out how much your home can save with solar panels with the Zeno Solar Savings Calculator!

Solar panels in Calgary: Factors that affect the cost of solar panels

The cost for installing solar panels in Calgary will depend on many different factors. This is because every home is unique and not everyone will have the same energy consuming habits. When Calgary solar panel companies quote you for solar, the following factors typically get considered for the cost of solar panels: electricity usage, roof layout, electrical panel capacity, and the type of solar equipment used.

  1. Electricity Usage: Your electricity consumption affects how big your Calgary solar panel system should be. Your Calgary solar panel company will typically ask your for your historical electricity usage for the year before to determine how big or small they should size your Calgary solar panel system. At Zeno, we typically aim to size our customer’s Calgary solar panel system to offset the entire year’s usage. Our goal is to hit 100% energy offset for the year so that customers don’t rely on the electricity grid as much for their daily electricity usage.
  2. Roof Layout: Calgary solar panels are put on top of your roof, therefore, your roof play a big part in affecting the cost. Typically, the best homes for Calgary solar panels have roofs that are south facing, followed by a mix of south, east, and west facing roof layout. Not every home’s roof is ideal for solar and there are instances where your Calgary solar panel company may turn you away. For example, if your home faces dead north, your Calgary solar company will advise you not to go solar. Your Calgary solar panel company will assess which parts of your roof make sense for Calgary solar panels which in turn will limit the size of your solar panel system.
  3. Roof Type: Roof type can play a huge factor for the cost of Calgary solar panels as well. Standard roofs (i.e.: asphalt shingle) are typical types of roofs that Calgary solar panel companies deal with at a frequent basis. Therefore, standard rates apply. However, if your roof has a unique material (i.e.: clay tile roofs, metal seams, etc.) then an extra cost will be added to take extra care and precautions when installing Calgary solar panels.

    Pro Tip: If your roof shingle are approaching the end of its life cycle, be sure to get this work done before going solar!
  4. Electrical Panel Capacity: The electrical panel capacity on your home will also affect the cost. If your electrical panel has enough space for solar, then your Calgary solar panel company can use what is currently existing for your home. However, if additional space is required, your Calgary solar panel company will advise upgrading your electrical panel in order to make room for solar.
  5. Solar Panel Equipment: Your solar panel equipment will affect the cost of solar panels. For example, are you looking to get standard inverters or microinverters? Is there a brand you have preference over? Typically, your solar panel installer will always recommend Tier 1 solar panel equipment (the best in the industry) that is approved in Canada.
Solar rebates in Calgary: Factors that reduce the cost of solar panels

Currently, the Government of Canada is making solar more accessible to homeowners across the country. The Canada Greener Homes Grant covers $1.00/W on the total system capacity and up to $5,000 off the total solar system cost.

For more information on the Canada Greener Homes Grant, click here.

Solar panel financing: other ways to afford solar

What’s involved in a free solar assessment?

Don’t let the price tag of solar stop you from owning solar. There are many institutions that help make solar more affordable.

  1.  RBC, offers Canada-wide solar financing programs.
  2. PACEALberta currently offers the Clean Energy Improvement Program (CEIP)—a pilot renewable energy financing program that pays you back based on an assessment of your property tax bill.
  3. Zeno is a proud partner of ATB financial. ATB offers our customers quick, easy and secure financing. For more information, contact us today.
What’s involved in a free solar assessment?

At Zeno, we make the process for going solar in Calgary easy! When you reach out to us for a quote, we typically need the following:

  1. Your most recent energy bill: This will help us determine the size of your system to help you offset your energy usage by 100%.
  2. A photo of your electric panel: This is to determine if your new solar panel system can be integrated with your home’s current electrical infrastructure. In some cases, an upgrade is required.
  3. Your address: With your address, we use Google imaging in combination with our solar software to remotely design a custom system. We take into account factors mentioned above (i.e.: roof space, potential sunlight and shading structures)
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