Clean, Simple, Smart…..
It’s time we start catching up to the rest of the world.
Not anymore! Although solar continues to look like it has a long payback period, paying the utility has no pay back at all. Why continue paying someone else when you can simply take that same amount of money and invest it in your own property? In fact, solar in New Brunswick now outperforms most RRSP’s!
Believe it or not, the province of New Brunswick receives 5% more sunlight than Nova Scotia and 35% more sunlight than Germany! On top of this, the price of solar has reached the point where we can now produce energy for less than what we currently buy it for!
We were the first company in New Brunswick to host and train with the Canadian Solar Institute and continue to have our electricians certified under the CSA ISO 17024 to design, configure, install and commission Photovoltaic Panels (solar panels) in Canada.
We have solar down to a science and offer turn-key solutions for any size solar project. By working with manufactures and designers from all over the world, you can be assured that we offer the latest in design engineering and technology.
Remember when smartphones first started getting popular and the price dropped to an average of about $800/phone? The same thing has happened to solar. The price has dropped to about the lowest point it can go and may even begin to go up as the cost of labor is increasing.
Solar shingles are roof shingles that have solar PV cells embedded into them so they can make electricity. This means that when it is time to replace the shingles on your roof, you would simply replace your shingles with shingles that could create electricity at the same time.
There are a few different manufactures working on developing this technology but we will not see them approved to use in New Brunswick for several more years. They will most likely be more expensive than the traditional solar panels, however, we have been monitoring the development of this technology and will be first in line to offer them in our community.
Solar panels in New Brunswick can produce some or all of the power you would typically use throughout the year. Most New Brunswick homes use between 10,000 kWh (very efficient) and 20,000 kWh (not very efficient) per year. The best way to determine this is to look at your power bill for the amount of kwh you have purchased. Solar panels in New Brunswick can generate electricity by the following amount:
|Array Size||KWH/Year||%Typical Electrical Load|
|1kw (4 panels)||1250||1% – 10%|
|5kw (20 panels)||6250||11% – 60%|
|10kw (40 panels)||12500||50% – 100%|
|15kw (60 panels)||18800||100% +|
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 electricity per year. The map below shows how this varies around Canada and how we compare to Germany (the country leading the world in electricity generated with solar).
It’s Science – let’s do the Math:
A typical 4kw solar array in New Brunswick can produce electricity for $.12/kwh.
Solar energy does vary throughout the year and generally produces much less in the winter. When we design your system, we take this loss of production into account. We also tend to use black frame panels that that help absorb more heat in the winter and reduce the chance of snow building up on them.
Solar electric panels feature a 25 year output warranty and will likely last for 30 years or more. This means the NEXGEN Solar package you install today will produce free and reliable electricity for decades. As an investment in your business, home, cottage, boat or RV, your system will enhance its value while delivering clean, quiet, smart energy. Now that’s a smart investment!
Our solar packages are all tested in our own community, allowing us to provide real-life data before promoting them to our neighbors.
We’re finally able to generate energy for less than what we buy it for.
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. Since we’re now able to produce electricity for less than we buy it for, this has now become a solid investment.
Grid-tie solar arrays are used for homes and businesses that are able to connect to the electric utility (in New Brunswick, these are: NBPower, Saint John Energy, Perth Andover Power and Edmonston Power). These solar arrays would then feed energy back to the utility (Grid Tied).
A KMH is a unit of energy measurement and is defined as how many thousands of watts are used over an hour. If you think about it like a bucket of electricity, a home that uses a lot of buckets, would need a lot of KWH. A home that uses less buckets of electricity, would use less KWH.
A KW is how many “watts of power” a device can consume. This is easy to determine with the equation W = Volts x Amps. The measurement of how long the device takes that many watts is called the KWH. In other words, it is the unit of power over time that gives you the amount of energy that it takes.
Solar arrays outputs are a nominal rating. This means they are all based on an industry average of certain amount of light energy hitting the earth at any given time (1000w/m2). Depending on how much sunlight the area receives, solar arrays can produce either more or less than the nominal rating. This means a 5kw array could produce 7kw in a sunny location. In New Brunswick, the average sunlight is above the nominal average at over 1100w/m2.
Because there are no moving parts, systems typically come with a 25 year warrant! They are also tested under strict guidelines called “Standard Testing Conditions” to meet specific criteria. The power they produce can degrade over time but this is typically guaranteed not to be more than 1%/year.
The array itself is relatively easy to remove and replace if your shingles need to be changed; However, if your roof is expected to be replace within the next 2-3 years, you would want to complete that first. Because the solar array typically covers much of your roof that is in the southern direction, they system actually protects your roof and makes it last longer by blockin the UV light from the sun.
The mounting technology we use today is much better than what was used even a few years ago. The systems we have are guaranteed not to cause any damage and not to ever leak.
The excess energy that solar panels produce during the day is sent back to the power grid for a 1:1 credit. At night time, when the panels are not generating electricity, you can pull electricity from the grid. At the end of the billing cycle, you pay for the “net difference” of use. This is referred to as Net Metering.
Southern direction is typically preferred but East and West roof faces can work out very well. The only direction you do not want your solar array to face is North.
No. If you have space in your yard or field, solar arrays can be mounted to a ground mount system.
Yes. Solar panels can be mounted to a flat roof using a weighted ballast system. This means that the system simply sits on top of the roof so there is no need to make any penetrations.
The panels we use are built in Canada and designed to withstand the worst storms that can be thrown at them. On top of this, every system is carefully inspected by the Department of Public Safety to ensure it is installed securely and safely.
All of our solar arrays are designed to disconnect from the utility grid in the case of a power outage (referred to as anti-islanding). This means it will keep the line workers safe while performing work on the power lines. This would also mean that you do not have power from the solar array during a power outage.
If you wanted to use your solar array during a power outage, you would need one of our Power-Bank systems. The solar panels would continue to charge the system and act like a typical back-up power generator. This would protect all of your critical loads during a power outage.
At first glance solar looks like it has a long payback BUT paying your existing power bills has no pay back at all. Why continue paying someone else when you can simply move that same amount of money into your own property?
Our Net-Metering Solar packages are all designed and approved to be used in New Brunswick and connected to the electricity grid.
Generators are old technology. Turn your basic solar package into a complete back-up power system. With one of our Battery Banks you can run your most important devices for ever with the power from the sun. No refueling, no breakdowns and no noise!