Solar panels in Canada / Guides

How solar panels work
Solar photovoltaic

All about solar panels - the different options and how they work

...introducing and developing renewable energy sources both across the country and internationally. Their current projects include research into net zero energy solar buildings and homes (like the EcoTerra Project in Alouette, Québec), building integrated photovoltaics, community based solar (including Canada’s first sola...

Solar panel reflectors
Solar photovoltaic

Using reflectors to increase the yield of solar panels

...inuing drop in cost for home solar power generation has led to a dramatic increase in the rate of installations, for both residential and commercial use. Increasing the yield through reflection could make that an even more affordable energy supply option. Most of the advances in solar power production come from incre...

Where to place solar panels
Renewable energy

Where to place solar panels

...inclination is the ‘tilt’ of the panel relative to the earth. Since the incidence angle of the sun changes each day in the six-month cycle, averaging a tilt of the solar panel is necessary when not using a solar tracker. Trackers are not practical for thermal panels due to the weight but are used for PV panels. Solar...

Tesla Solar Roof Cost Comparison, Competitors & Reviews
Solar photovoltaic

Are Tesla solar roofs worth the money? Are there any competitors? Our take on the future of BIPV

...solar shingles Install price: $3.89 per Watt Product warranty: 11 years. Weather-performance warranty: 25 years. Certainteed Apollo solar shingles in review: Certainteed Apollo solar shingles make for an integrated solar roof mechanically if not aesthetically Certainteed solar roof shingles are inst...

Dual axis solar tracker
Solar photovoltaic

Choosing between solar trackers and fixed solar panels mounts

...ing to factor in the durability of roofing materials and the cost of removing and replacing panels to access a roof that needs repair. Picking the best way to mount your panels is a conversation worth having with a solar installer, and there is no 'right' answer. To find the best return on investment, your installer ...

Bullfrog clean power
Renewable energy

Bullfrog Power makes clean renewable energy available to all of us.

...ing little power. So unless you have a battery backup system (which is rare and very expensive), your panels are simply feeding the grid. At night when the sun is down and you are using power, you are drawing off the grid. Having home solar panels means you have made an investment in clean energy to compensate for yo...

Tesla Solar Roof shingles
Solar photovoltaic

The Tesla Solar Roof: we love the hype, but we'd like to see some actual facts.

...ing push. To get the Solar Roof to market, Tesla is partnering with Solar City , a dominant player in the American solar power industry with franchises all over the United States. And while what they've done is a 'two-in-one' product with the roof covering acting as solar panels, that is really nothing new, building ...

Off-grid, passively-heated LEED Gold home
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

OFF GRID LIVING BLOG, PART 3: All about off-grid power generation in off-grid homes

...ing to have stationary panels in the northern US or Canada on an off-grid home, that orienting them more for winter power generation is the best path to follow. Off Grid solar array includes steeply angled panels for winter © Craig Anderson In our first two winters, we were overly reli...

Solar thermal collectors

All about solar thermal collectors

...in the solar industry is outpacing thermal solar advances and affecting the return on investment. This is not to suggest that the quality and efficiency of solar thermal panels is somehow failing, it’s just that there is a school of thought that says your solar dollars are better invested in purchasing photovoltaic sol...

Photovoltaic solar panels
Renewable energy

Solar heating and energy generation

...inating the need for sheathing and roofing materials. By replacing sheeting and roof coverings, this potentially offers a net savings on roofing with new home construction before you even plug them in. If the legends are true, this could leave both solar shingles and existing panels in their wake. Stay tuned, more on...

Solar thermal collectors

Product of the month: Solar water heater with overheating protection

...Solar thermal panels in cold climates are at risk of freezing in winter, so in the North, we use a glycol mix as a heat transfer fluid. This prevents panels from freezing but introduces new problems in the summer months when they are at risk of overheating. There are two main types of residential solar thermal heater...