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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...

Solar Powered Cabins In The Wild

Solar Powered Cabins In The Wild

June 17th, 2014

Many of us have probably considered buying a little piece of land near the Canadian Rockies and buil... Read more...

The Price of Solar: Now and Then

The Price of Solar: Now and Then

May 16th, 2014

Back in 2001, our CEO, David Kelly, installed a 600-watt solar electric system and a solar therm... Read more...

Happy Birthday to the first practical solar cell!

Happy Birthday to the first practical solar cell!

April 25th, 2014

Crystalline Silicon is still going strong, 60 years later. If there's one question about solar that... 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…)