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Zeroing in on Net Zero Homes

Zeroing in on Net Zero Homes

December 9th, 2014

Net zero homes have become a growing trend in Alberta and it's not just about going green anymore. N... Read more...

What's on my power bill?

What's on my power bill?

October 30th, 2014

The beauty of having a deregulated electricity market here in Alberta is that consumers have access ... Read more...

Best Innovations in Solar Inverter Technology

Best Innovations in Solar Inverter Technology

September 30th, 2014

  Micro-inverters Micro-inverters have revolutionized the residential solar market by allow... Read more...

Building Integrated Solar PV Systems - The Future of Solar?

Building Integrated Solar PV Systems - The Future of Solar?

August 21st, 2014

While rack mounted and ground mounted solar PV systems are more commonly found, building integrated ... Read more...

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Hail vs. Solar Panels

October 11th, 2012 by

We are often asked “will my solar panels stand up to hail?” The answer is YES.  A solar module or panel that is installed properly and tilted to face South should never break from hail.  Up until a couple weeks ago we would tell people, “we’ve never seen or heard of a solar module (panel) being damaged from hail”. That includes many hail storms over the years (we have had solar panels installed in Alberta since 2001), many of them bringing golf ball sized hail or larger. (more…)

Increase Your Homes Selling Price With Solar

November 14th, 2011 by

A recent study by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory looked at the resale value of homes in California that have sold with Grid-Tied PV systems. They found that a recently installed PV system increased the resale value of the home by $3.90 to $6.40 per watt. (more…)

Net Zero Energy Home Monitoring

September 2nd, 2011 by

Online monitoring is now available for solar electric (PV) systems installed on EQuilibrium homes.  EQuilibrium, a national Sustainable Housing initiative led by CMHC, included 13 houses across Canada that were chosen for their cutting edge design, efficiency, and net zero energy consumption. (more…)