How it Works
Solar panels convert the light from the sun into electricity. With enough panels, the power generated can be enough to power an entire house or building, effectively replacing the existing electrical system. There are three main components of a solar panel system; the module, inverter, and racking. Modules are the panels themselves that consist of dozens of silicon photovoltaic cells that collect and convert the light and heat from the sun into direct current electricity. The inverter converts the direct current into alternating current (AC) that can then be used to power the building. Racking simply attaches the solar panels to the roof of your home. We also install a monitoring box that will keep track of how much energy you consume and produce; we can send you a report to identify how much you save each month. After you pay off the cost of the system, solar panels can completely eliminate your monthly electricity bill. While they are innovative and high-tech systems, solar panels are easy to maintain and install. They are durable against the elements and continue to absorb energy even when covered with snow.
Electricity is typically generated in power plants that burn coal, gas, and other fossil fuels. These methods have a high-efficiency rate, but they involve the release of harmful greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. Energy from the sun is a renewable and sustainable resource that is highly concentrated in Alberta; in fact, Calgary has more solar potential than Rome! In short, solar panels can help you reduce your carbon footprint and save money on your monthly utility bills.
The sun radiates light photons.
The light photons are absorbed by the solar panels.
Solar cells convert the photons into DC power.
An inverter converts DC power into AC power.
AC power from inverter goest to the electrical box.
Excess electricity goes to the power grid and you are credited.
Request a Quote
You can request a quote online or over the phone. In order to provide you with an accurate quote, we will need your address, a copy of your most recent electricity bill, and a photograph of your electrical panel.
We will obtain site-specific information and discuss your current energy usage and your long term goals. We will also need to conduct a roof analysis, evaluate the capacity of your electrical system, and conduct a shading analysis to determine the best placement for your panels.
We will design a system that accurately fits your specific roof design and electrical needs. We will order all necessary supplies so that your install can begin as soon as possible. You’ll also receive a contract and a copy of the final billing and invoice.
We will take care of all of the required permits, approvals, and paperwork you’ll need for your solar panel installation including the grid connection application and your Alberta Rebate application. We also handle all development, building, and electrical permits as part of our services.
Find out how much you can save
The installation process generally takes only three days from start to finish. As experienced roofers, we are comfortable and familiar with heights and working on all styles of roofs. Most of the work can be completed while you’re away, but we can make arrangements for times that are convenient for you.
System Inspection & Grid Connection
You’ll need to have an inspection of the system performed by a local inspection authority. We’ll also change your electrical meter to a bi-directional meter and install your monitoring box. With your meter installed, you’re ready to be connected to the grid.
Final Walk Through
The installer will perform a walk through of the system and answer any remaining questions you may have. All of your manuals and warranties will be emailed to you directly. We’ll also submit the final documents for the Alberta Rebate, and you’ll receive more information via email.