FAQ

Residential Questions and Answers

How do I get energy at night or cloudy day?

An energy meter continually keeps track of your electric supply; when your solar system produces more energy than you need, the unused energy goes back into the electrical grid through the meter. During nights and cloudy days, power is still available and you will consumer electricity as usual. Your utility company will bill you for the consumption and will provide you with dollar credit for any excess energy.

How Much Will I Save?

The Ontario Government offers several rebates and tax credits for home and business owners through the green act, that choose to install solar electric. Your eligibility to qualify for these savings depends on a number of things such as your location, specific energy usage, Power and local regulations and more. Let one of our expert installers provide you with a free solar evaluation for your home or facility by filling out our contact form. We will combine your regional data with solar rebates and incentives to maximize savings off your electric bill by using clean, renewable energy.

Is solar right for my home?

There are several factors that will determine whether or not your home is right for solar power. One of the most important factors is the orientation of your roof; this will determine the amount of sun exposure you will get. Getting optimum solar energy production is will only occur with a good south-facing roof. Another important factor is the quality of your roof. Your roof will need to be carefully analyzed by our installers since its structural integrity and can affect the installation process. A residential solar system typically requires about 3 to 10 kW, which needs 300 to 1000 square feet of space, depending on your electrical needs.
The best type of roof for a solar project is one that isn’t too steep and provides sufficient unobstructed space for the solar panels. Solar electric systems are installed well on most roofs except slate and clay tile roofs. Wood shake roofs, flat roofs, and concrete roofs are not ideal for solar installation and can make it more expensive.

How often will I need to clean my solar panels?   

Since residential solar power is produced naturally, the dust and debris that accumulates on the solar panels will not impact the solar production. Your solar panels will continue to produce energy near optimum as a result of wind and rainfall. It is recommended that you clean your panels only if you notice a dramatic drop in electricity production.

What type of maintenance is required for a residential solar power system? Residential solar power systems are designed simple and without moving parts to reduce the probability of having mechanical problems. In order to assure optimum production of solar energy, it is recommended that the inverter be replaced every ten years. Regular maintenance is also recommended. Spectrum Solar Solution maintains a professional staff that can assist you with the maintenance of your solar electric system. Our in house repair department is staffed with expert technicians that offer great service, should a problem ever arise.

When should I consider a ground mounted solar system?

If an expert installer reviews your roof and comes to the conclusion that your roof isn’t optimal for solar, it doesn’t mean you will miss out on going solar. In these cases, it is recommended that the solar panels be mounted on a ground system.

How many years does a residential solar power system last?

A residential solar power system will typically last 25 to 35 years. Spectrum Solar Solution will carefully design your solar electric system so you and your family can enjoy clean and renewable energy for the maximum amount of time.

Solar is the fastest growing energy source in Canada and all over the world for several reasons. Solar electric energy systems offer you a limitless supply of clean and renewable energy for heat and power. For businesses looking to run more efficiently, solar energy systems offer an easy way to lower energy consumption and reduce operating costs. Installing a commercial or residential solar energy system can also help create a cleaner environment by reducing your carbon footprint on the planet.

Spectrum Solar Solution is helping solve the solar energy needs of several commercial and residential clients. We are committee offering professional and cost-saving solar solutions that conform to the highest standards for both your home and business. When your business switches to renewable energy, you will immediately begin to see savings and will be protected against rising energy costs which can threaten your financial stability.

What are the three primary solar technologies are:

• Solar (photovoltaic) energy which allows electricity to be produced where it is consumed. Sunlight hours coincide with peak energy demand, so solar panels produce electricity when it is most needed.
• Solar thermal systems can provide heat for hot water and space-heating systems for residential or commercial buildings.
• Concentrating Solar Power (CSP) can provide electricity at utility scale for central power plants.

Does the system have a warranty?

Yes. The panels and micro-inverters come with a 25-year warranty.

What happens if I move?

The solar array remains with the house, and the contract is transferrable to the new homeowner. You may apply for a new contract for your new home.

Will a solar PV system raise my property assessment?

No. A solar PV array is classified as equipment, so it does not affect your assessment for property taxes.

Do I have to pay taxes on the revenue from my solar array?

You will not have to pay taxes on the revenue until after the system has paid for itself. This is due to a tax consideration called the Capital Cost Allowance (CCA), which allows you to write off a portion of the cost of an asset against the revenue it generates.

Do you offer financing?

Yes. We can arrange financing through traditional lenders, as well as private lenders if required. However, we recommend you first attempt to arrange financing from your preferred financial institution – your mortgage provider, typically – as they will already have a credit profile for you, and you will likely get the best possible interest rate.

How does solar compare to other investments?

As an investment, a solar array and a MicroFIT contract offer the high returns normally associated with the stock market, with the low risk associated with government bonds. The return is guaranteed for 20 years. This combination of high return and low risk is virtually unheard-of in the investment world.

What qualities make an ideal roof?

The ideal roof is south-facing, with no shade, and a slope equal to the latitude. However, our systems will work with roofs facing from southeast to southwest and with some shade. Obviously, the closer the roof is to the ideal, the more output you can expect from your system.

Roof age: Something old, something new

Some prospective customers say something like, “I’d love to put up solar panels, but I just had my roof redone last year.” In fact, the best time to put up a solar array is right after re-roofing. A good asphalt shingle should last for 20 years, and a steel roof much longer. The main cause of aging and failure of roofing material is sunlight, both through the destructive effect of ultraviolet (UV) rays and the damage caused by heat. Wherever they are mounted, solar panels will absorb all of the sunlight striking your roof, except for the small gaps between the panels. This acts to preserve the roofing material, extending its normal life. As an added bonus, since the panels absorb some heat and have an air space between themselves and the roof, they will reduce the amount of heat your house receives in the summertime, helping to keep your house cool and reduce the load on your air conditioner.

Your MicroFIT electricity sales contract is for 20 years, and our solar panels have a 25-year warranty. Putting a solar array on a new roof surface should mean that the roof will not require replacement until after the system has paid for itself twice over.

 

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