Installing solar panels on the roofs of residential homes can significantly lower bills
Solar panels are an excellent renewable energy system that converts the radiant energy from the sun into electricity creating an economical source of power. The energy created comes from a renewable resource so it will not add to pollution or be a contributing factor of global warming. Installing solar panels on the roofs of residential homes can lower bills and help to work towards creating a healthier environment for everyone. There are also many government backed initiative and incentive programs available to offset the cost of investing in a solar power system
both at federal and provincial levels.
Federal and Provincial incentive programs
A federal consumer incentive program called ecoENERGY Retrofit provides grants to residential homeowners as well as issuing incentives to small business in order to assist with investments in energy efficiency upgrades. Homeowners simply have to register, have a pre-retrofit evaluation completed on their home, keep any receipts from the purchases of eligible measures taken and then have a post-retrofit evaluation completed. Most homeowners will get a grant cheque from the government within three months of the post-retrofit inspection.
Consumer incentives that are also offered at a provincial level vary from area to area. In the western provinces, Alberta has the Micro-Generation Regulation and the Edmonton Solar-Electric Pilot Program. British Columbia offers Solar Hot Water Incentives, Incentive for Institutional Solar Hot Water Installations, Energy Conservation Sales Tax Exemptions and the Standing Offer Program. Manitoba extends the Solar Hot Water Program as well as the Net Metering Program. Saskatchewan has programs in effect like the ENERGY STAR® Rebate for New Homes , the SHIFT Program (Solar Heating Initiative For Today) in addition to the Net Metering Program and a 25 per cent rebate on start-up solar projects.
Solar resources in Canada are abundant
A common misconception when considering installing solar panels on Canadian roofs is that the country is too far north to generate any substantial solar power and that the cold and the snow would provide exceptional obstacles to utilizing a solar power system. Most people are surprised to learn that solar resources in Canada are abundant and that the provinces of Ontario, Quebec, Manitoba and Saskatchewan are especially sound places in which to employ a solar energy system. As for the colder climate; solar panels generally work better in the cold and any accumulation of snow generally melts away before causing any disturbances in performance.
As with anywhere in the world, solar panel performance varies in accordance with a number of factors like the time of the season, the time of the day, the latitude of the area and weather conditions. Germany and Tokyo are industry leaders in the solar energy field and the Canadian province of Ontario has more annual hours of solar radiation than both those countries do. In fact, Ontario has a higher solar ranking potential than either Florida or Texas and, southeast Ontario in particular, has been shown to have the potential to produce a comparable amount of power as the nuclear reactors do in the U.S.
Embrace the value of a solar power system
Another issue that often arises when homeowners consider installing solar panels
is the appearance. Although rooftop solar panels aren't common to suburban settings at the moment, it is only a matter of time before this is no longer the case. Embracing all the value of a solar power system will outweigh any complaints about the physical appearance of the panels until they become as common to see as aluminum siding is today. Solar panels represent an investment in environment and a radiant step towards a greener way of living.