Why Solar Power in Canada?

Solar energy is not only sustainable, it is renewable and this means that we will never run out of it. In fact, 1 hour of energy from the sun can power 1 year of power for the global population.

The creation of solar energy requires little maintenance and on average, customers offset their home energy costs by 30% annually – some as much as 50%. Did you know that in the United States, a solar power system is installed every 1.6 minutes?*

We, as Canadians are a little later to the solar revolution but we are finally on our way to realizing solar’s full, profitable and clean potential!

*Study conducted by Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)


How does solar work?

It’s pretty easy, really. Your solar power system generates free electricity from the sun and you get to sell it back to the grid and receive a solar revenue cheque from your local hydro provider.



Convert Sunlight Into DC Electricity

Solar panels on your roof convert sunlight into direct current (DC) electricity that flows to an inverter.


Inverter Creates AC Electricity

An Inverter converts the DC electricity produced by the solar panels into alternating current (AC) electricity.


'Sell' your electricty

Any energy you produce will be delivered back to the grid and you receive a solar revenue cheque from your local hydro provider.

What's the cost of Solar Power?

The cost of solar depends on a number of factors including the size of your solar power system. On average, a solar power system costs between $20,000 – $40,000 in Ontario depending on the size of the system ($30k for a 10 kW system and $20K for a 4.5 kW system). Sounds expensive right?  Here’s the good news:

You can purchase or finance your system – either way you net out ahead!

What are the Benefits of Solar Power?

It's Endless. For Real!

Not only is solar energy renewable and abundant – it is literally endless. Unlike non-renewable energy sources like fossil fuels, coal and nuclear energy, solar energy is a clean and environmentally respectful resource.

It's Clean & Low Maintenance

The main advantages of solar energy are that it is clean, able to operate independently or in conjunction with traditional energy sources, and as mentioned above, it is remarkably renewable. A Solar Power system is also little to no maintenance.

It's Profitable

Our customers on average offset 30% on their home energy costs – some as much as 50%. And, a recent independent study revealed that homes with solar panels increase a home’s value by 4% on average*. On a $500,000 home – that’s $20,000.

Top 7 Reasons Canadians are Going Solar

Offset Thousands of Dollars
Adopt solar with no out-of-pocket costs
Increase the value of your home
Become energy independent
Guaranteed monthly revenue for 20 years from the Government
Protect your home against the rising cost of electricity
Be a part of the largest climate change initiative in North America

What The Experts Are Saying?

  • "I'd put my money on the sun and solar energy. What a source of power! I hope we don't have to wait until oil and coal run out before we tackle that!"

    Thomas Edison
    American inventor and businessman, in a conversation with his friends Henry Ford and Harvey Firestone in 1931 not long before he died.
  • “Climate change is one of the greatest wealth generating opportunities of our generation.”

    Sir Richard Branson
  • “There are some very-fast-growing renewable energy options, and there are also some that are well-established. But if I had to put my money on one option that will likely command a much larger share of energy production in the future, it would be solar PV.”

    Robert Rapier
    a chemical engineer with 20 years of international engineering experience in the energy business, in response to the Wall Street Journal’s question: What Renewable Energy Source Has the Most Promise?
  • “What just happened in Solar is a bigger deal than oil exports. The impact: $73 billion in new investment in the U.S.”

    Bloomberg Business
    Read more on Bloomberg.com

Frequently Asked Questions


  • Will animals live under the panels and damage my roof?

    In many areas where there are lots of critters around, animals would normally try to live under the panels. This is why Green Lion installs a high quality “critter guard” that goes around the perimeter of the panels, not letting any pesky critters make homes underneath the panels!

  • Will my system require maintenance?

    No! Solar panels have no moving parts; they simply facilitate a chemical reaction between the sunlight and the silicon in the panels, which creates energy. The only maintenance your panels may require is if the inverter breaks, but luckily we have a 20 year warranty on the inverter. This warranty covers shipping, parts and labor.

  • Will my roof leak as a result of installing panels?

    No! A proper installation will never result in a roof leaking. To give you peace of mind, Green Lion has a three-year workmanship warranty on all the work done on your roof.

  • What effects do the panels have on my home insurance?

    Panels usually only add $8 – $10 dollars to your monthly home insurance costs! In the case that it may be more, you can insure the panels separately through another insurance provider for a low rate. The Canadian Revenue Agency has created a webpage with information regarding potential tax implications of owning a microFIT project: www.cra-arc.gc.ca/tx/bsnss/thrtpcs/nt-ft/q1-eng.html. The Ontario Ministry of Finance has also provided an update on property tax treatment of solar installations: http://news.ontario.ca/mof/en/2012/01/fact-sheet.html.

  • What if there’s a fire?

    Firefighters are well aware of panels and how to handle them. Fire divisions do training with their firefighters on the proper way to extinguish a home fire when there are live solar panels on the roof. Also, we install a rapid shutdown box that allows the firefighters to–quickly–disable the electricity running through the panels.

  • What if my roof is shaded?

    Shade reduces the amount of electricity your system can produce. Our remote solar design team will work to position your panels where they will get maximum sun exposure. On occasion, we find that a roof is too shady to make solar feasible.

  • Should I re-shingle my roof before I go solar?

    Solar panels last a long time so it makes sense to avoid having to remove and reinstall them. Your Solar Broker will help you assess the need to re-shingle.

  • Can solar increase the value of my home?

    Yes, in fact a solar powered system can increase the value of your home on average by 4%. On a $500,000 home, that’s $20,000!

  • What if I want to move and sell my home?

    It’s simple. The agreement is transferred to the new property owner. The only thing you will need to do is to contact us 30-days before you move. That’s it!


  • What’s the installation day look like?

    The Solar installation crew shows up with the solar equipment and installs the panels on your roof. The process usually takes about 4 hours depending on how many solar panels are being installed.

  • Do I need to be there?

    Yes. We recommend that at least one household member be home during the time of installation to ensure complete customer satisfaction.

  • Are the installers insured and bonded?

    Yes. We only work with well-established solar companies with a track record of thousands of installations. All of our solar installers are fully insured and bonded crews.


  • When can I expect to receive my first payment?

    Once your solar power system is connected to the grid, you’ll receive your first cheque.

  • How can I verify and track my savings?

    Solar Systems come equipped with online monitoring systems that let a homeowner know how much energy the panels are producing on a monthly bases which you can use to compare with your old bills! Speak to one of our Solar Brokers to find out how it works!

  • How much can I offset with solar?

    On average, our customers offset 30% annually on home energy costs – some as much as 50%. The net offset of your hydro, over 20 years, will likely exceed $30,000. Our brokers work to find you the best potential solar solution for your home to maximize energy savings.


  • How does solar power work?

    Solar panels are made up of photovoltaic (PV) cells, which convert sunlight into direct current (DC) electricity. An inverter then converts the DC electricity generated by the solar panels into the alternating current (AC) electricity.

  • What’s the environmental impact and benefit of solar energy?

    The average Canadian solar home offsets 178 tons of CO2 over a period of 3 decades. That’s like avoiding 390,300 miles driven, planting 10 football fields of trees or eliminating 174,907 pounds of burned coal.

  • Has anyone in my area switched to solar?

    Every four minutes, another North American home or business goes solar. At the current pace, North America will likely have well over 1 million solar installations in 2016. That’s nearly one installation every minute.

  • Does solar work in foggy weather and snowy areas?

    Yes, even in bad weather your solar panels will generate energy. We take this into account when we calculate how much you can expect to offset your energy bill.

  • What’s the first step to go solar?

    Find out if your home qualifies and how much your roof can earn you. Simply enter your postal code and contact information and one of our representatives will be in touch soon!

Solar Brokers

  • Why choose Solar Brokers Canada?

    We’re brokers! This means we work for you, not the installers, and distributors. We’ll save you the most amount of money and provide you with the system that best compliments the design of your home.

  • What is the Solar Brokers AdvantageTM?

    We’re different. We’re Brokers. Unlike solar manufacturers and installers, we are impartial and offer unbiased services and solutions. This means we will find you the best possible solar design for you and your home that provides the most amount of energy savings through trusted partnerships.