Solar

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It’s time we start catching up to the rest of the world.

FAQ

Isn’t Solar Expensive?

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!

Does Solar really work in New Brunswick?

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!

What qualifications do you have?

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.

How big of a project can you do?

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.

Should I wait for it to get cheaper?

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.

 

What are solar shingles?

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.

 

Benefits of going solar in New Brunswick:
  • Reduced electrical costs. Electricity prices go up every year. Investing in a solar PV system provides security and peace-of-mind by allowing you to protect yourself from rising utility energy costs over the system’s 30-year lifespan. Often, the cost of energy from solar PV is less than the utility cost today and the annual savings increase as utility rates rise.
  • The grid is your storage tank. With the net-metering programs available in N.B. today, you simply connect directly to the grid and allow energy to flow in both directions. During the day, you feed power to the grid and during the night, you pull power back from the grid. If you produce more than you use, you generate a credit on your power bill. You only pay for the excess you need.
  • Solar panels on your roof improve the re-sale value. Studies show that home buyers are regularly willing to pay more for houses with energy upgrades including heat pumps and solar panels because buyers value homes with lower energy costs. In fact, the premium in resale value for equivalent homes was typically over $15,000 for one with a solar PV system installed!
  • Think about the future. We all need to do our part to protect the environment and investing in a solar PV system ensures that up to 100% of your annual electricity usage is coming from a renewable and environmentally friendly source.
  • A long lifetime. Solar PV modules come with a 25-year power production warranty and inverters are available with a 25-year warranty. Through extensive testing the scientists and engineers from the US Department of Energy have estimated the useful life of solar PV modules at +35 years. Because of the rigorous testing and long warranty periods most solar PV system projects are assessed on a 30-year life.
  • Modular design. Most systems can be designed in a modular way so they can be expanded at anytime.
  • Compatible with battery storage. A solar array can be connected to a battery system (Power-Bank) that can provide your home with energy security during a power outage. Imagine never having to worry about breakdowns, refueling or running out of power again.
  • No moving parts. Solar Electricity systems have no moving parts, which translate into no oil changes, maintenance issues or failures.
How many solar panels do I need?

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 SizeKWH/Year%Typical Electrical Load
1kw (4 panels)12501% – 10%
5kw (20 panels)625011% – 60%
10kw (40 panels)1250050% – 100%
15kw (60 panels)18800100% +
How much sunlight do other places get?

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).

Canada’s Solar Potential

It’s Science – let’s do the Math:

A typical 4kw solar array in New Brunswick can produce electricity for $.12/kwh.

What happens in winter?

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.

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 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!

Are your numbers real?

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.

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. Since we’re now able to produce electricity for less than we buy it for, this has now become a solid investment.

 

What is a Grid-Tie system?

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).

What is a KWH?

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.

What is the difference between a KW and 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.

How come the KW rating of my Solar array doesn’t match the output?

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.

 

How long do Solar Panels last?

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.

Should I wait to replace my roof?

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.

Do solar panels damage my roof?

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.

 

What is Net-Metering?

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.

Do I have to have a roof that faces south?

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.

Do I have to have to put solar panels on the roof?

No. If you have space in your yard or field, solar arrays can be mounted to a ground mount system.

Can solar panels go on a flat roof?

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.

What about damage from ice, hail, wind and snow?

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.

What happens during a power failure?

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.

 

Why would I want to invest in solar?

 

  • Reduced electrical costs. Electricity prices go up every year. Investing in a solar PV system provides security and peace-of-mind by allowing you to protect yourself from rising utility energy costs over the system’s 30-year lifespan. Often, the cost of energy from solar PV is less than the utility cost today and the annual savings increase as utility rates rise.
  • The grid is your storage tank. With the net-metering programs available in N.B. today, you simply connect directly to the grid and allow energy to flow in both directions. During the day, you feed power to the grid and during the night, you pull power back from the grid. If you produce more than you use, you generate a credit on your power bill. You only pay for the excess you need.
  • Solar panels on your roof improve the re-sale value. Studies show that home buyers are regularly willing to pay more for houses with energy upgrades including heat pumps and solar panels because buyers value homes with lower energy costs. In fact, the premium in resale value for equivalent homes was typically over $15,000 for one with a solar PV system installed!
  • Think about the future. We all need to do our part to protect the environment and investing in a solar PV system ensures that up to 100% of your annual electricity usage is coming from a renewable and environmentally friendly source.
  • A long lifetime. Solar PV modules come with a 25-year power production warranty and inverters are available with a 25-year warranty. Through extensive testing the scientists and engineers from the US Department of Energy have estimated the useful life of solar PV modules at +35 years. Because of the rigorous testing and long warranty periods most solar PV system projects are assessed on a 30-year life.
  • Modular design. Most systems can be designed in a modular way so they can be expanded at anytime.
  • Compatible with battery storage. A solar array can be connected to a battery system (Power-Bank) that can provide your home with energy security during a power outage. Imagine never having to worry about breakdowns, refueling or running out of power again.
  • No moving parts. Solar Electricity systems have no moving parts, which translate into no oil changes, maintenance issues or failures.

 

 

Solar Packages

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.

Apocalypse Packages

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!

Note: system designs and costs may vary

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