Solar Panels Toronto

Tuesday, September 13, 2011 @ 03:09 AM
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What is a Solar system (or PV)

Are you considering Solar Panels for your home or business? Photovoltaic or PV systems are devices used to convert sunlight into electricity. PV systems are a safe, reliable, low-maintenance source of solar electricity. They have a life expectancy exceeding 40 years. They produce no pollution or emissions, incur few operating costs, and are easy to install on most Canadian homes.

The basic building block of a solar-energy generating system is called the solar cell built into a PV module. PV modules are connected together into panels, (commonly referred to as Solar Panels) and arrays to meet various energy needs.

Modules used for home power applications usually range between 150 to 220 watts, and measure about 1.1 m x 1.6 m (about 3 ft. x 6 ft.). Based on current module efficiencies, a 1000 watt PV system (5-200w panels) generates an average of about 3.6 kilowatt-hours per day or 1,326 kWh annually in most populated regions in southern Ontario.

If you are interested having Solar Panels installed to be able to participate in the Ontario Micro Fit Program, a homeowner in Ontario would be looking at a residential scale Solar PV project of about 3 kilowatts, which costs around $25,000. The returns with the Ontario Micro FIT program will be approx. $3000.00 of revenue per year, resulting in about an 8 to 9 year payback. The most rewarding part of the FIT program is that OPA will pay this estimated returns for a contracted period of 20 years.

To qualify for the Micro FIT program installations can be no larger than 10kWw systems.

Larger installations fall into the FIT program at a different return per watt.

Robert T Design has been involved in several Solar Panel projects in Ontario and would be please to answer any questions you have.

 

Link to OPA Fee-in Tariff Program. http://fit.powerauthority.on.ca

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