Solar Panels Edmonton Is solar worth it?

Solar panel home installations in Edmonton are growing everyday! Government solar rebates, improving technology and increasing solar panel demand makes going solar more affordable for the average Edmonton household. With more people choosing to go solar, you’re probably wondering… is it worth it to go solar?

Why should you switch to solar in Edmonton today

Edmonton is one of the most ideal locations for solar panels! It is one of the sunniest cities in Canada, averaging at 2,300 hours of sunlight per year. As a result, Edmonton homeowners have a huge solar panel opportunity! Solar panel technology allows you to generate your own energy with zero emissions and zero waste in Edmonton. Solar panels allow you to save money while contributing to a greener planet.

How solar panels work in Edmonton?

Solar panels work by taking the sun’s rays and converting it into usable energy for your home. Solar panels absorb the sun’s energy and the solar panel system’s inverter converts it to DC energy. The energy collected is then used to power your home’s appliances.

If solar panels generate energy than what your home uses, it is then exported to your local power grid. Energy providers will credit you for this excess electricity. By going solar, you’re able to save money on electricity bills, create a greener Edmonton, and potentially make money!

How much does solar panels cost in Edmonton?

The cost of solar panels for your Edmonton home depends on many variables. Edmonton solar panel install cost variables include your energy usage, home set up, electrical panel capacity, and more.

The cost of installing solar panels in Edmonton varies by client and energy usage by household varies. For example, high energy eating homes will require a bigger solar panel system.

Your home set up will also create differences in solar panel installation costs. Roof size, pitch, age, and condition of your roof are factors when designing your solar panel system.

On top of the cost of solar panels themselves, other costs can include electrical equipment, inverters, labour, and any permits required. You may also be able to take advantage of local, provincial, or national solar incentives and rebates to reduce the costs of installation. In some cases, electrical panel upgrades are required to make sure your electrical panels are compatible with solar panels.

Edmonton solar panel estimates are always required. For an accurate solar panel estimate on the cost of solar for your home in Edmonton, contact Zeno for a free Edmonton solar panel assessment.

Solar panel incentives and rebates in Edmonton

The Government of Canada and the City of Edmonton is  making solar more affordable than ever before! Solar panel installations in Edmonton can receive up to $9,000 off their system. Take advantage of the rebates today while they are still available for Edmonton residents!

Canada Greener Homes Grant

The Canadian Government recently announced the “Canada Greener Homes Grant”, which is focused on making Canadian households more efficient. Through this grant you get $1/Watt off of your solar installation to a maximum of $5,000. This grant can also be combined with other available municipal grants.

Learn More about Canada Greener Homes Grant

Edmonton Solar Rebate Program

The City of Edmonton is increasing its solar rebate incentive from $0.15/W to $0.40/W for residential solar system installations through its Change Homes for Climate Solar Program (CHCSP). The CHCSP grants residential homeowners up to a maximum amount of 40% of eligible costs or of $4000 per application, whichever is lesser.

Learn More about Edmonton Solar Rebate Program

Commonly asked questions about going solar

Going solar should not be daunting. At Zeno, we’ve compiled a frequently (FAQ) list to answer the most common questions Edmonton homeowners wonder when it comes to solar panels.

General solar FAQ

  1. Solar panels collect the Sun’s energy.
  2. The energy captured by the solar panels is converted into usable energy for your home or business.
  3. The now usable energy available can be consumed by electronics and appliances such as your computer, TV, and smartphone.
  4. An additional benefit to having available solar energy at your home is that it can provide clean, carbon free energy for your transportation.
  5. Additional energy that is not used by your electronics, appliances, or electric vehicle are exported to the local electrical grid and generates additional income.

 

 

To complete our free solar assessment, you will need to provide our sales team with information and photos of the following:

  1. A copy of your most recent energy bill. This will allow us to model your energy consumption in order to design an optimal solar system and provide accurate pricing.
  2. Pictures of your electrical infrastructure and roof. This will allow us to determine if your new solar system can be easily integrated with your home’s existing electrical infrastructure and roof.
  3. Confirmation of your address. This allows us to use Google imaging combined with our in-house software to remotely design your system while taking into consideration available roof space, potential shading structures, and optimal tilt.

The assessment process also allows us to address any questions or apprehensions about solar that you may have. We want to make sure you understand everything before you make a decision.

The team at Zeno will analyze your locationelectricity usageand sustainability goals to determine your suitability for solar. You can ask us questions you may have about solar, incentives, installation, and anything else you can think of.

Once approved, we will handle obtaining Electrical Permits and fill out your Incentive and MicroGeneration Applications for you. We will develop a schedule that works for you and make sure you are satisfied with every aspect of the process. We may need you to sign a couple forms depending on your utility provider.

You may be required to either sign a Fortis Consent Form or EPCOR Consent Form, depending on your utility provider.

Our qualified team of professional electricians will install your system, ensuring quality work throughout. We will connect the new solar panels to your existing electrical system and have your meter replaced by the local wire line owner so that you can connect and sell to the grid.

After installation, our experienced team will review the solar system with you and explain how everything works, including incentives and micro-generation. We will answer any additional questions, ensure you are satisfied with the work, and have a comfortable understanding of your system.

There are several aspects of a solar installation that resist and combat the accumulation of snow:

  • Almost all residential installations have panels installed at an angle. This allows gravity to do some of the work, letting the snow simply slide off.
  • The Tier 1 panels we use are manufactured with coatings that prevent the accumulation of snow
  • Heat produced by the panels can help the snow melt.
  • Sunlight can penetrate up to 2 inches of snow, so your panels can still be producing when covered. Once the snow cover gets thicker, the added weight will likely help it fall of as well.

Of course, there may be some instances when snow accumulates, at which point the panel won’t produce energy, but this doesn’t mean your system is useless. A study conducted at the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT) showed that over an entire year, the accumulation of snow at most affected yearly produced by about 5%, assuming no snow removal at all. It is important to think of your yearly usage and production as opposed to just the snow-filled days.

Solar panels are tougher than your roof! They are designed to withstand snow, rain, wind, hail, and everything else nature may throw their way. We have seen cases where perfectly intact solar panels have had to be removed so that homeowners could replace their hail-damaged roof. Our Tier 1 panels are built to withstand golfball sized hail travelling at 100mph, and we only use panels with a Class 4 hail rating, the highest you can have. The panels are also warrantied at 25 years in addition to our 5-year installation warranty, in case a replacement is ever needed. Check out the video below showing Tier 1 panels standing up to hail.

It’s always better to be safe than sorry. By integrating solar modules into your home insurance for only $10 – $20 per year, depending on your provider, you can stay protected in the rare chance that hail becomes a problem.

Fortunately, warm weather has little to do with a location’s solar potential. Calgary is one of the sunniest cities in Canada, receiving more than 300 days per year of sunshine. The snow we get in Canada also acts as a reflective surface, which increases our solar potential. Another additional bonus is our cold weather! Solar panels produce more energy when they are cold since their conductivity increases. Calgary has a solar potential of about 1292, which is higher than both Rio de Janeiro and Rome!

Are solar panels in Edmonton worth it?

Generally, the answer is yes! Most Edmonton homes we’ve seen have a high solar energy potential. Additionally, solar panel government rebates make going solar more affordable. Today, you can determine the return on investment (ROI) of your solar system. In other words, in addition to the cost of the solar panel installation, you should also factor in how much money you’ll make from producing solar energy or how much you can save from your solar panel investment. At Zeno, we can calculate that all for you. Contact us today and find out how much you can save over the lifetime of your Edmonton solar panel system!

Edmonton solar panel experts

Zeno makes the process of going solar EASY and we’re Edmonton’s top rated solar panel company for a reason. After installing hundreds of custom, turnkey solar panel solutions in Edmonton, we know what works and tailor it to our clients’ needs. Get in touch with Zeno today to create a more sustainable Edmonton!

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