Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

How Solar Works

If you put a silicon cell in the sunbeam’s path, the cell catches the energetic photons and turns them into a flow of electrons, or an electric current. These electrons can be forced to flow around an electric circuit and then power our businesses, homes, phones and laptops.
Solar panels work in cloudy weather. However, they do not generate as much electricity as they do during a sunny day. There are many areas that receive frequent rainy or cloudy weather where solar production can still be significant. As the efficiency of solar panels continues to increase, the overall production of panels will go up and help further offset a decrease in production during cloudy periods.
A solar system built with high quality materials and proper construction techniques, that also receives proper maintenance, can last for 25 years or more. There will be some planned maintenance to replace equipment such as inverters at stages of the system life, which doesn’t have as long a lifespan as the solar panels.
Our energy analysts will review your energy bills and decipher how much solar you need and how much can be placed on your roof, land, or carport. A rule of thumb has 6.6 KW of solar offestting energy bills of $450 quarterly. A 6.6 KW system requires approximately 40 square metres.
Solar systems can be set up with basic monitoring. We can also provide customers with advanced monitoring to show production and consumption, with the ability to report any system errors to the owner
Net energy metering is a system that credits owners of a solar system for any excess electricity they generate and sell to their local electric utility.
The potential savings generated from a solar project depends on several factors, including the monthly amount you spend on energy, the amount of solar that can be installed at your business, the production potential of the system, the utility your facility is in, and the incentives you take advantage of. With enough space for solar, a business can offset all their electric bills. Our team will work with you to look at your bills and the other factors to consider, then propose the optimal system size. From there, we can predict the monthly and annual savings over the life of the system.
Solar power is a cleaner source of energy than traditional energy coming from natural gas, coal or other power sources. Solar helps reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Other benefits to solar include: Sustainability: If you have company sustainability goals, such as reducing greenhouse gas emissions, solar helps you achieve them. Marketing and Public Relations: Companies that have invested in solar can showcase their commitment to the environment to their customers and business partners via press releases, on their website or through other marketing channels. Functional Benefits: Solar carports provide shade and weather protection for your customers or employees.

The Process of Going Solar

Once you contact a solar provider and request a quote, the company will need to know the business address where you plan to install solar and will need to see copies of past energy bills for the last 12 months. It also helps if you have a discussion with them to tell them what financing methods you prefer and any information you have about your goals in going solar.
Once you have provided the solar contractor with the information needed for a quote, it should take just 24-48 hours for them to generate a sample system design and a quote for you to review. If you decide to move forward with evaluating the system based on the initial data, the solar provider will do formal system engineering and come to your site for a site walk. From there, they can generate an updated pricing contract with your exact system details.

Operating and Maintaining Your System

Once a system is installed it can operate effectively with one or two washings a year and less frequent system checks.
Solar systems are low maintenance. If any periodic maintenance is required, please contact us to arrange an accredited installer to perform the work
Solar systems can be set up with basic monitoring. We can also provide customers with advanced monitoring to show production and consumption, with the ability to report any system errors to the owner.

Benefits of Solar for Businesses

The potential savings generated from a solar project depends on several factors, including the monthly amount you spend on energy, the amount of solar that can be installed at your business, the production potential of the system, the utility your facility is in, and the incentives you take advantage of. With enough space for solar, a business can offset all their electric bills. Our team will work with you to look at your bills and the other factors to consider, then propose the optimal system size. From there, we can predict the monthly and annual savings over the life of the system.
Solar power is a cleaner source of energy than traditional energy coming from natural gas, coal or other power sources. Solar helps reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Other benefits to solar include:
  1. Sustainability: If you have company sustainability goals, such as reducing greenhouse gas emissions, solar helps you achieve them.
  2. Marketing and Public Relations: Companies that have invested in solar can showcase their commitment to the environment to their customers and business partners via press releases, on their website or through other marketing channels.
  3. Functional Benefits: Solar carports provide shade and weather protection for your customers or employees.

Solar Financing Options

Solar projects can be purchased with cash (or through a loan), a lease or via a power purchase agreement (PPA). With a PPA, the system is owned and operated by the installer or a third party and the building owner simply pays a pre-negotiated rate for the solar power generated, which is typically cheaper than the utilities rates.
With a power purchase agreement (PPA), no upfront cash is needed. The building owner also does not have to worry about the ongoing system maintenance or the removal of the system at the end of its life, as that is all handled by the system owner.
A cash purchase will generate the greatest overall savings for a system owner.
A lease is similar to a PPA, with no upfront cost. With a solar lease, you agree to pay a fixed monthly lease payment for the right to use the solar energy system.