Whether you have already converted to solar power or you are considering the switch, it is important to understand the best positioning and angling of your photovoltaic (PV) panels to generate the highest levels of power. Orienting your PV panels correctly varies with different locations around the world and is essential to getting the most out of the sun’s power to meet your solar energy needs. This blog post will provide valuable orientation tips as well as some insight towards the topic of solar panels and their ability to produce electricity on cloudy days.Continue reading
Category Archives: Solar
Canadian Solar Incentives, Rebates and Tax Credit Programs
Financial Incentives by Province (A-Z)
Net Metering and Grid-Tie Solar by Province (A-Z)
All provinces and Territories in Canada offer a net metering / grid-tie power buy-back program. This means that if you generate your own electricity using renewable energy, you can feed your excess energy into the grid in exchange for credits that can be put towards your energy bills. Continue reading
How much Solar Power & Battery Storage do I Need for my RV / Cabin / Cottage / Tiny Home?
This question can be broken down into steps that give us the information we need to make a decision.
1. How much power do I need?
Residential homes use 900 – 5000kWh a month (30-166kWh per day). To generate this much power with solar / wind and to store it, you will need a lot of space and a large budget. It is unrealistic to generate that much power with portable power or when space is at a premium. Instead, power conservation and realistic expectations should drop your power needs by prioritizing what equipment and appliances are essential.
Something we rarely do when we are on the grid, but must be much more aware of when off-grid, is adding up the power usage from all sources.Continue reading
Solar Power 101: An Introduction
As concern over the increasing cost of energy grows, many people are looking into alternative sources of power, like solar. There are four main components in a basic solar setup: Solar Panels, Charge Controller, Batteries and Inverter. All components and the wiring connecting them need to be carefully chosen and sized appropriately to work together. Use this guide to demystify the terminology behind solar, and kick-start your journey to energy independence!Continue reading