Frequently asked questions

Frequently asked questions.

Digging into net metering, grid tied systems, sustainability and cost!

Frequently asked questions

WHY SOLAR?

Installing solar panels is one of the most beneficial ways of generating electricity, both financially and environmentally. Instead of paying ”rent” each month to the utility company, you can own your electricity and invest in yourself every month. So why rent your power when you can own your power?! Did you know that the cost to install solar has dropped more than 70% over the last decade? With the planet undergoing changes caused by the overuse of fossil fuels and carbon emissions at an all time high, the greatest thing we can do for our planet is to treat it with more care and go green!

HOW DO SOLAR SYSTEMS WORK?

1)   Your solar panels collect the sun’s energy (direct current/DC)

2)   The energy captured is converted into usable energy by use of an inverter

3)   The now usable energy can be consumed by appliances, TV’s and other electronics

4)   Additional energy that is not used will be exported to the local electrical grid (BC Hydro/Fortis BC) and stored until needed again.

HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO INSTALL A PV SYSTEM?

That mostly depends on the size of your system but we will typically get it done in 3-5 days!

WHAT IS NET METERING?

Net Metering is the process in which your electrical utility company allows you to “store” your extra electricity in their facility for no extra cost.

WHAT HAPPENS IF IT SNOWS?

All residential systems have panels installed at an angle; this allows gravity to do most of the work as the snow quickly slides off the smooth glass. Sunlight can also penetrate up to 2 inches of snow which means your panels can still produce energy when covered and the heat produced by the panels will also help the snow melt.

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN THE POWER GOES OUT?

The most common type of solar systems are grid-connected/grid-dependent. These systems are connected to inverters that require a signal from the grid to operate and produce power. Without the signal they shut down due to safety reasons. This means most systems will not generate any power when the grid is down unless specifically designed.  

IS MY ROOF SUITABLE FOR SOLAR PANELS?

Solar panels can be installed on nearly every roof, from asphalt to metal to tile.