The sun is an entirely free, clean, unlimited source of power. It's also easier and less expensive to harness that power than ever before. Solar PhotoVoltaic (Solar PV) energy is clean, reliable, and provides an excellent return on your investment.
The province of British Columbia is already a leader in clean energy production. But it has the capacity for solar energy to appear prominently on its roster. Even on the "rainy" West Coast, the annual potential for solar energy is well above average.
Solar energy has spiked in popularity and usage in the recent past, due primarily to the dramatic increase in affordability. For instance, solar panels are almost 99% less expensive than they were in 1980.
In addition, BC Hyrdo's net metering program keeps track of the power you use and the surplus power your solar system sends to the public grid. At the end of the year, if you've generated more power than you consumed, BC Hydro pays you 9.99 cents per kWh (kilowatt hour).
Solar systems can produce energy for more than 50 years. That's long-term benefits and an amazing return on investment.
Almost any home or business can be outfitted with a solar energy system. The following factors optimize the functionality of a solar system and increase your return on investment:
Solar PV energy has so many benefits. They include:
Solar PV Energy systems can be tailored to the size of your home or business and your energy needs.
Systems range from $5 to $7 per watt.
An on-location assessment and estimate costs $150, which will be applied to your final bill if you proceed with the project.
Did you know? Non-profit groups and organizations are eligible to receive funding toward the purchase and installation of solar panels through the Government of Canada's Eco Action Community Funding Program. The Green Source Funding Database is also a useful tool