Energy use differs from one home to the next. Home solar power systems are designed to meet these unique energy needs.
It typically takes 6 to 12 weeks from customer approval to final energization of the system.
Solar power system installation includes:
Different communities may have guidelines or specific permits related to solar installations. Qualified solar installers will typically manage the permitting process.
A roof should be in good condition prior to a solar power system installation. Properly installed, solar modules typically last 30 to 40 years when checked periodically. All installations come with a digital monitoring application to watch for system status and energy production levels over time.
Qualified solar installers will typically offer a warranty on labour and installation for new equipment. Manufacturer warranties are included with the modules and other equipment.
Solar modules are extremely durable and hail damage is uncommon. Most modules are installed in a way that reduces the likelihood of a direct perpendicular hit from hail.
A light snow will quickly melt off the modules as they generate a small amount of heat. The angle of the modules also helps to clear snow due to gravity. In case of a large snowfall, modules may be obstructed for a period, but this usually occurs during the months with the least direct sunlight, so impact to the overall power generation of the modules is generally low.
Annual energy consumption, available roof space and the amount of direct sunlight a home receives, are all factors in determining the size and capacity of a home solar power system.
Different communities may have guidelines or specific permits related to solar installations.
Qualified solar installers will typically manage the permitting process for solar installation in your area.
Properly installed, solar modules typically last 30 to 40 years when checked periodically.
Solar modules can be installed on new-build homes. Among other considerations, sizing of a solar array is typically estimated based on the size of the home, number of residents, the need for electrical vehicle charging and the projected electrical consumption of larger appliances such as air conditioning, hot tub, etc. Discussions with a developer/builder about modifying construction schedules to add solar modules to a new-build home are the responsibility of the homeowner.
The below resources can help if you’re ready to take the next step.
Looking for ways to help offset the cost of adding solar to your home?
Check the Alberta solar directory for a solar provider in your area that meets your needs.
General solar system, micro-generation credit and billing questions:
1-877-571-7111 (Outside Alberta)
Current ENMAX solar lease customers:
ENMAX Power micro-generation applications:
ENMAX Power meter exchanges or general metering inquiries:
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