Solar PV is a great option for home owners and businesses who are looking to invest in the future of their buildings and properties. By producing power, not only does the value of the building increase, but there are many benefits to installing solar.
Solar PV energy has the following advantages over conventional energy:
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Photovoltaic energy is the conversion of sunlight into electricity through a photovoltaic (PV) cell, commonly called a solar cell. The solar cells convert the particles of energy produced by the sun ( photons) into electricity by focusing and capturing that energy within the solar cell.
The electricity that is produced has Durect Current (DC) and is then converted to Alternative Current (AC) through an inverter to run your appliances in your home.
System sizes, equipment and configurations can vary significantly.
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The environmental benefits are big. A typical 2 kW residential rooftop installation will reduce your family's carbon footprint by 2.6 tons per year for 35 to 40 years.
Ontario has enough annual hours of solar radiation to be considered an excellent site for solar, and is attracting international interest in building large-scale 'solar farms' here. The GTA's latitude is equivalent to the south of France. Germany's latitude is further north, and it is the world's leading country with installed solar.
Solar panels often work better in cold temperatures during winter months because there is an increase in the conductivity of the metals.
Even on cloudy days some light is absorbed by the panels, so some power will be produced. With snow, the panels capture heat during the day and the melting snow creates a water slick. The snow slides off and the panels resume producing power.
The most important predictors of solar power generation are present and potential future shading on the panels (chimneys, trees, other buildings), their slope and orientation towards the sun, and the average annual hours of radiation in your location.
This is possible if you also install a battery back-up system. All microFIT and FIT system contract do not offer the option of battery back-up systems.
Through the only such program in Canada, Ontario offers to purchase the electricity you generate at a guaranteed rate.
It's an agreement with the Ontario Power Authority to sell and export your power to the grid. The offer is available to residential, commercial, industrial locations, and solar farms. The current 20-year contract offers to purchase power at a fixed rate.
With net-metering you consume the electricity your panels produce. Any excess power is fed back through the grid and credited to your hydro bill. You import less power from your utility, and so your electricity bill is reduced.
With the Feed-In-Tariff program a grid-tied system you export all the power generated by your panels back through the grid. The amount you export is tracked by a second meter installed beside the current one. You receive a bill from your utility as usual for the electricity you consume, and your utility credits you for the power you have exported. Both ways of being grid-tied have the same environmental benefits.
The potential income varies pending on the size of system, and the installation style ( Ground or Roof Mounted )
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