Purchasing a solar panel system can be a big commitment, so having all the necessary information to make a formal decision can be difficult when there is so much contradicting information out there.

Many homeowners decide to go solar every day to combat climate change and rising electricity costs. We know there are a lot of great benefits, but here are some additional factors you might want to consider before installing a new solar system?

Panel Type

Panels are the essence of a great system. Choosing the right panel for your home and budget can take some time and research. The two main types of panels on the market are monocrystalline and polycrystalline panels.

Monocrystalline: These panels are more expensive but have higher efficiency. They’re especially great for Canadian weather because of their excellent low-light performance.

Polycrystalline: these panels have lower efficiency but can be more budget-friendly.

There are multiple manufacturers for both types of panels with varying efficiencies and warranties available. For example, we use monocrystalline panels from Longi and Canadian solar with performance warranties of 25 years and efficiency between 17-24%.

Productive Roof Space

To optimize your system’s production, we look at which part of your roof gets the most sunlight. South-facing roofs are best for installing solar panels, but east and west-facing roofs are good too. We also try to avoid areas with shading and obstruction from trees or nearby buildings.

Benefits of Owning a System

Owning a system means having control over your power bill. You can see a significant reduction in your monthly expenses by generating your own electricity instead of paying for it. No need to worry about those infuriating annual rate increases either.

Your house can also see a decent boost in value with the addition of a solar system. Studies show homes with solar panels installed can see an increase in value of up to 4%.

What Are Your Ownership Options?

Rebates are available to make the overall cost more affordable for many homeowners. The federal government of Canada is currently offering a $5000 Canada Greener Homes Grant for eligible homeowners to make energy-efficient upgrades to their homes. 

You don’t have to buy your system right away to own one. We offer a financing program of 13-16 years, depending on the province. During the financing term, everything generated by your panels will still be used for your home first. Your electricity savings alone could actually be enough to completely cover your monthly financing plan. After the term is done, the panels are 100% yours, and you can enjoy many more years of incredible solar savings.

If you feel like you’re ready to make the change to renewable energy, we’re here to help. Qualify today for a free quote from our knowledgeable solar specialists, who are here to answer any additional questions you may have.