More and more homeowners in Calgary are choosing solar panels each year to power their properties, realizing the huge potential that solar power has when it comes to energy generation. Over the years it has become evident that solar has a lot to offer, but there still remain questions in many people’s minds as to whether solar is right for them or not.
They may feel that it doesn’t generate enough power so far north, or that solar installation is too expensive for them to consider. We have compiled a list of the most frequently asked five questions about solar panel Calgary installation to give you the correct information so you can make an informed choice for your home.
- How does solar PV work?
Contained within solar panels there are photovoltaic (PV) systems which work in a series of cells to convert energy from sunlight into a source of electricity that we can use – direct current. Once that energy is stored in a battery, the household can draw from it to power everything from TVs and dishwashers to lighting and electric vehicles.
- Do I need lots of solar panels on my property?
Each solar panel installation generates a specific amount of energy, so the more you have the more energy will be generated. Your use of the solar energy created depends on how many you actually need for the size of your home.
- Do solar panels take up a lot of room on my roof?
If you only have a small home, then just 8 square meters will be needed for the solar array – generating approximately 1 kilowatt. If you need more than that, for example, 4 kilowatts of power to run power tools and high-energy consumption appliances, then you’d need around 25 square meters of solar paneling. Work with your solar installer in Calgary to determine the needs for your unique requirements.
- Is solar really green energy?
Aside from the materials that need to be used to create solar PV panels, yes, solar is a green and renewable energy. Unlike gas and coal, solar power can keep generating as long as the sun is shining. There are no associated greenhouse gases so you can rest assured you’re not increasing your carbon footprint. Sunlight is free, and once you set up your solar panel installation your energy will be too!
- What are the main benefits of going solar?
You will not only benefit from a reduction in your energy bills depending on how many panels you have, but you will also lower your total amount of carbon emissions. Once they are installed there are no ongoing costs to operate. They’re also very low maintenance and you don’t need to tamper with them once mounted.
If you’ve been considering solar panel installation in Calgary, reach out to us today to discuss your options. We can offer solar solutions for residential and business properties right across the region and find the best option for you.