Grid-Tie FAQ’s

As the largest supplier and installer of solar panels and kits in the South Okanagan, we understand you may have several questions about Grid -Tie and how it can work for you and your family.  Here is a list of our most frequently asked questions that will hopefully help you understand how you can put solar to work for you!

Why invest in a grid-tie system?

Solar users like using their own energy first, and knowing its source is clean, renewable energy production. Solar fixes the energy costs, avoiding utility rate increases. Some provinces like Ontario have a feed-in tariff that offers to purchase the power from your system, creating an income stream.

What happens in winter?

Solar energy does vary throughout the year. The graph below is for Vancouver. In practice, grid-tie system owners don’t usually worry about snow as winter months have low production.

Why are solar panels a good investment?

Solar electric panels feature a 25 year output warranty and will likely last for 30 years or more. This means the HES system you install today will produce free and reliable electricity for decades. As an investment in your home, cottage or RV, your system will enhance its value while delivering clean, quiet energy for you to use. Now that’s a smart investment!

Explain Grid-Tie to me. What can I expect?

Grid-tie solar systems are used for homes in the city. A solar system mounted on the roof can produce some or most of the electricity consumed in the home. Most Canadian houses use between 5,000 kWh (very efficient) and 13,000 kWh (not very efficient) per year. Solar systems can reduce electrical consumption by the following amount:

How does a Grid-Tie System work?

How a solar grid tie works South OkanaganSee the cross section of a house with solar grid-tie system. There are two basic components:
Solar array: One to ten kilowatts of solar panels, typically mounted on unused south facing roof space.
Inverter: Converts solar energy (DC) to match utility power.

What happens during a power failure?

Grid-tie systems safely disconnect in the event of a power failure. We offer the option of a Secure Source battery backup that would run some selected loads like pumps or lighting in the event of a blackout.

How much energy can I gather with a solar electric system?

In most of Canada, a kilowatt (1000 watts) of solar panels (area A. of 80 – 90 ft2), mounted with good exposure facing south, could generate between 1000 and 1400 kilowatt hours (kWh) of elec- tricity per year. The map below shows how this varies around Canada, with the Okanagan at 1100-1200 kWh/kW.

Solar map of Canada

 

Hear What Our Happy Clients Say!

Love Seeing the Electrical Meter Going Backwards!

As most homeowners, we would like to keep our electricity bills down. And knowing that the cost of electricity is going up over the next few years is concerning. So when we saw that Argon Electrical was now selling and installing solar panels we ...

Karen
I See the Sun Shining and Know We are Saving Money!

I believe that part of the future energy mix should be solar power. It certainly is within any homeowner's reach to have solar panels installed, or to install them yourself.

After researching Argon Electrical Services of Oliver, ...

Paul
I Like Watching my Electric Meter Stop!

I'd recommend Argon Solar anytime. The work you guys did was awesome!  I got the solar panels on Wednesday and by Friday I was tied to the grid and watching my electric meter just about come to a stop! I'm still waiting for my first Fortis bill ...

Ron
Solar is the Future

I am very happy that I chose to go with solar panels.  Solar is the thing for the future.  The sun is free and we should use it!  Thanks Argon Solar for doing a great job with our solar panel installation!

 

Osoyoos
Argon Went the Extra Mile

 

Argon did a professional job and went the extra mile helping with a problem getting the inverter certified. We are very happy and would recommend them to anyone who wants to go solar in the South Okanagan!

 

Pepper

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