Solar PV Design and Installation in Cochrane & Calgary, AB
- Installation Benefits
- Solar Site Assessment
- Our Technology
- Solar Power FAQ’s
- Tackle tomorrow's energy
- Reduce your personal or commercial carbon tax bill
- Generate your own electricity
- Generate income off electricity you do not consume
- Reduce your personal environmental footprint
- We come to your home or business with Solar Pathfinder equipment and specially designed programming software to see your home or business's unique layout.
- This is to offer an accurate estimate of your site's generating capacity and monthly capacities throughout the year; optimizing your system's production.
- Custom Design For Your Home or Business - Your home or business will have a unique layout and structure.
- With careful consideration of angles, shading and area Sol West will customize your system for optimal production.
- Different sites circumstances will necessitate different designs to establish actual energy limits within your home or business.
- Installation, Once your design is established and the right system is chosen, installation is typically only a few days.
We use the newest model technology, The APsystems Microinverter YC500i, which boasts breakthrough solar techology. This ensures PV arrays a more powerful and cost effective and safe solution.
The APsystems YC500i with EnergyMaxTM is a grid-tied microinverter with intelligent networking and monitoring systems to ensure maximum efficiency. Highly dependable and cost effective, the YC500i with EnergyMaxTM is optimized to accommodate today’s high output PV modules effectively with up to 548W output and dual MPPT. An integrated ground allows for rapid installation for installers who prefer trunk cable architecture. Half the inverters and half the installation time means real cost savings for residential and commercial customers.
What is solar power?
Photovoltaic cells that convert sunlight into electricity that you can use in your home or business.
Why use solar power?
Chiefly because it’s affordable and Alberta is one of the best areas for annual available sunlight.
How does a residential PV system work?
1st - the PV absorbs the energy and then It is converted to usable electricity by an Inverter. 2nd - The electricity is either used by your home, stored in your batteries or sent back to the electrical grid to offset your monthly power usage.
How can I know if my home is a good site?
By taking advantage of Sol West Power’s complimentary site assessment. We come to your home or business with Pathfinder equipment to establish the optimally efficient site on your residence and consider the sun’s directional changes throughout the year. This will give any homeowner a detail and confident understanding that their site will work.
How long does installation take?
Generally 1 to 2 days depending on the size of the system.
How soon will the system start to generate power?
As soon as the utility approves the permit and installs a by-directional meter.
What is the lifetime of a system?
Typically systems are expected to last 40 years. Systems that Sol West Power install come with a 25 year warranty.
Will it work all year long?
Yes. Although monthly output varies at all times of the year, you can expect your system to provide you power.
My roof doesn’t have a steep angle, will a solar panel system work for me?
n our solar site assessment we will take into account many factors, including roof angle. With this assessment we can easily and effectively determine the solar power generating potential of your home or business.
Can’t I just install my own system?
No. In Alberta an electrical permit is required to be pulled in order for your system to become activated. Experience and skill will play a large part in how your system will perform. Our specific design equipment and experienced technicians are able to offer customized systems to maximize its efficiency.
Are prices going to continuously drop?
Prices have gotten to a point where they have settled. At this point waiting longer is not going to be worth your while. If there will be any upcoming price drops, they will be very minimal.
Will I have to manually change the angle of my PV cells throughout the year?
For all systems installed on roofs, this would not be required. Some ground based systems may require manual angle change for optimal efficiency throughout the year.
What is the maintenance involved?
Maintenance can vary based upon location. However, if soiling occurs the panels may require cleaning every few years. Sol West Power can handle all of any potential maintenance services.
Solar Panels are one of the few products that are guaranteed to survive against hail.
Will my insurance change?
Homeowner’s insurance typically does not change. It is always recommended that you inform your insurance company or agent that you have installed a system.