Why Solar Power in Canada?


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

The creation of solar energy requires little maintenance, and on average, can offset home energy costs by up to 100% annually. Did you know that in the United States, a solar power system is installed every 1.6 minutes?*

You pay for energy regardless; the question is, would you rather continue to pay your local utility company, or build equity in your micro-utility?

*Study conducted by Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)

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How does solar work?

It’s pretty easy. Your solar power system generates electricity from the sun, which (through a net metering program) you use to offset your monthly energy usage. In essence, you’re turning back the hands on your meter resulting in monthly savings.

Excess energy that you produce is sent back to the grid and used to help power other homes in your area, earning you credits on your account. These appear directly on your energy bill and are good for an entire calendar year.

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Convert Sunlight Into DC Electricity

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

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Inverter Creates AC Electricity

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

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Earn 'Credits' For Your Energy

Excess energy you produce is delivered back to the grid and you receive account credits from your local hydro provider.

What's the cost of Solar Power?

The cost of solar depends on various factors including the size and location of your home. For example–on average–a solar power system costs between $19,000 – $30,000 in Ontario depending on the size of the system. Sounds expensive right?  Here’s the good news:

You can purchase or finance your system – either way, you net out ahead! As well, depending on your province, there are various solar programs in place that help provide even further savings on the installation of a system.

What are the Benefits of Solar Power?

It's Endless. For Real!

Not only is solar energy renewable and abundant – it is endless. Unlike non-renewable energy sources like fossil fuels, coal, and nuclear power, 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 also require little to no maintenance.

It's Profitable

Our customers on average offset their home energy costs by up to 100%. As well, 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

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Offset Thousands of Dollars
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Adopt solar with no out-of-pocket costs
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Increase the value of your home
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Become energy independent
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Protect your home against the rising cost of electricity
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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

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  • 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!

Installation

  • Can you install in the winter?

    We contract vetted and experienced installers based in the GTA to install and connect all of our solar projects. Provided the weather isn’t too extreme (i.e. heavy wind, snow, rain, or ice), creating hazardous driving and working conditions, our installers will be able to work on your roof.

  • Can I claim the installation on my taxes?

    Yes! You can claim the HST on expenses related to your solar project including:

    • Your total system cost
    • Additional costs* related to your solar project, which can include:
      • Re-shingling
      • Trenching
      • Hydro meter relocations
      • Downspout relocations
      • Gas valve extensions
    • Any expense listed on Part 5 of the T2125 form (Statement of Business or Professional Activities)

    It is the taxpayers’ responsibility to provide evidence of costs incurred that which are directly related to generating income from their solar system.

    *You can claim these expenses by providing proof via (certificate or written confirmation of an expert opinion) that the additional costs were completed exclusively in relation to your solar project.
  • Will the system be protected by warranty?

    There are multiple warranties extended for the equipment we install for your system. There is a 3-year workmanship warranty offered by Green Lion Eco Group. Under this warranty, for any mechanical or electrical installation malfunctions, we will take the measure to have it repaired and corrected within those first 3 years.

    Once the 3-year workmanship warranty has expired you can rely on manufacturing warranties for your solar panels (25-year; 10 years for panels, 25 years production guarantee), inverter (20-year), and aluminum racking (20-year) to ensure your system is protected. The solar panel warranty covers the cost of replacement panels as well as offering a production guarantee, and the inverter manufacturing warranty covers labour and shipping costs.

  • 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 one day, depending on how many solar panels are being installed.

    For a more detailed explanation of the installation process, visit Green Lion Eco Group, here.

  • 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.

Savings

  • How much can I offset with solar?

    Customers can offset up to 100% of their home energy costs. This means you can potentially eliminate monthly energy costs, helping  you pay down your system quicker.

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  • 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.

  • 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.

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.