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Is Solar Energy A Good Resource for Your Business?

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The utility prices have significantly increased over the years and on the contrary, the cost of purchasing
and installing solar systems has taken a downfall. This has resulted in an increased sale of solar systems.
Not only have the businesses, even the residents considered its use for enjoying long-term benefits. The
technology has become a cost-effective and sustainable source of energy, which is being widely
accepted by people all over. However, there are still many businesses that have not yet been able to
understand how solar energy makes sense to the business.

Given below are two major benefits you get by making a one-time investment and embracing solar
energy:
Cost Savings on Energy
The primary driver to run a business is to have maximum monetary resources available, and a significant
amount of funds are utilized in the utilities. However, if one decides to save on this, they can get huge
help by installing solar systems. In fact, there are systems that are exclusively meant for business
applications and installing these Commercial Solar Solutions in Ontario can turn into good savings.

A Long Term Free Source of Electricity
A lot of businesses do not get the solar panels installed thinking that it is a costly investment to make.
However, there have been various analyses on it and found that a business pays off for about 7-8
years to cover the expenses made for a complete solar systems in Vaughan.

Once this expense is covered, a company enjoys free electricity for about 25 to 35 years, which is a great
deal to make. Also, the systems come with long-term warranties, so the consumer doesn’t have to
worry about the performance. They can easily rely on the products as satisfaction is confirmed.

These are two major advantages of getting commercial solar systems installed. Apart from this, when a
company supports a green business approach, customers see it in a good light. By creating an
environmentally responsible image, they can inspire other companies for taking a similar responsible
step.

Convincing Reasons That Suggest You Should Go Solar

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Switching to solar energy usage isn’t an easy option to take. It will require investment and effort to make this big change. This one change will alter your lifestyle for the entire period that you are going to be alive. If you find it to be a regular change that is taking additional money out of your pocket, then you need to read the convincing reasons below to support the decision of inviting new changes:

Save Money on Energy Use

It might seem to contradict at first because getting a Solar Panel Installation in Ontario will demand a good money investment. However, once it is done, solar power will save you huge bucks. This is because it is unusually cheap to use. In fact, you do not even have to pay the electricity bills anymore. Additionally, there’s more value added to your property and it will serve you good if you plan to sell your home.

No More Dependence on Electricity

As mentioned already, once you switch to using solar panels, your dependency on electricity offered by the utility providers becomes zero. When rest of the society is facing a blackout, you can still light up your house using the energy from the solar panels. As long as the sun rises, you have your source of energy available. The stored amount of solar power keeps you good even on the cloudy days.

It is a Contribution to the Environment

Going solar is one of the steps that you can take to help Mother Nature preserve itself. When most of the advancements made are deteriorating the environment, switching to solar energy is one change made in environment-favor.

These compelling reasons support the decision of every resident who wants to switch to solar energy for homes in Ontario and around the world. We at New Dawn Energy Solutions can help you take the right foot in the proceeding.

IS SOLAR PV SYSTEM IN COLD AND SNOWY CLIMATES WORTH THE INVESTMENT?

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One question people often ask is whether purchasing a PV system in cold and snowy climates is worth the investment. With low temperatures and snow, how could a solar power system produce electricity? Though these are reasonable fears, experience has shown that winter solar is not as problematic as it first appears.

Many would be solar panel owners are switched off by the thought that snowfall and cold temperatures reduce the potential output of their solar arrays. While it is true that snow build-up can hamper a panel’s ability to produce, this dip in output is only significant in systems installed on low slope roofs and only during winter months. But the concern about efficiency of panels in the cold temperatures is unfounded. In fact cold temperature improves panel efficiency; PV temperature reduction of about 20°C leads to a 9 to 12% increase in electrical yield.

Even in the case of the low slope roofs snow build up could happen only during the winter months during which sun angle is also low. Due to this solar PV production is lower during winter months regardless of roof slopes. On the other hand sun hours during  summer months are longer compared to tropical locations hence production during our summer months is high compared to other locations.

During winter months snow on the ground tends to reflect the sun’s light back upward. This reflected light, hits angled panels, adding to the direct light from the sun and help to increase energy yields. These two effects in combination can result in higher output from panels on a clear snowy day than the average summer day when one would expect output to be highest.

Even after factoring in the snowy cold winter months, a solar power installation will undoubtedly help curb a consumer’s annual energy bill. With net metering most of potential solar PV system owners can produce the entire amount of electricity they use in a 12 month period from solar regardless of the cold snowy climate in Canada. In fact many of our past customers’ solar PV systems are generating more electricity than they use.

As the storage prices are coming down we have even started working with people who want to opt for off-grid and be entirely free from the grid. As the electricity price increases and aging utility infrastructure become more problematic this number will increase substantially.

At New Dawn Energy Solutions we custom design the best possible solar power systems to suite your needs. We are looking forward to working with you to find the best possible solution for your needs; feel free to contact us at info@newdawn-es.com / 416-855-9377 to see how we can help you to take control of your energy cost.

The Increasing Popularity of Solar Technology in New and Existing Homes

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Solar energy has invaded the real estate business. In increasing numbers, home buyers and homeowners everywhere are seeking solar power for their single family residences. if you’re a homeowner or a home buyer, knowing the benefits of solar power and the value of solar panels can help you decide whether or not solar energy is right for your home.

Benefits of Solar Energy

Solar energy is one of the leading green technologies found on residential properties. For homeowners and soon to be homeowners, there are many reasons to invest in solar energy, including:

  • Residential solar energy is clean; solar panels produce no waste or greenhouse gases to generate power for your home.
  • Solar energy is cost efficient enough that many people who have solar power can actually sell power back to the grid, so they can make money on energy they don’t use.
  • Solar energy is improving all the time, so homeowners who install solar panels on their homes today can take advantage of the most up to date, efficient systems.

In addition to the above benefits, solar panels can actually add to a home’s property value. When a home goes on the market, home buyers commonly seek solar energy and are attracted to sustainable, efficient homes.

What to Expect From the Industry

In the coming years, there will likely be many changes to the solar industry, most of them for the good of the homeowner. Solar panels are becoming easier to install and more cost effective. These low prices make it easier to make solar energy a part of your household. In addition, solar panels are shrinking in size, so modern homes can benefit from smaller panels that generate and store more energy. As this kind of feature becomes more desirable, builders cannot ignore the demand.

This makes solar energy more accessible to general homeowners and helps shape homebuyer expectations. As solar becomes more accessible and prevalent on residential structures, this type of energy will also be a common expectation of home buyers seeking new properties.

Is Solar a Good Investment for a New Or Custom Home?

Solar panels can affect the value of a home in different ways in different parts of the country. However, on most properties solar panels can have a big positive impact on the value of a home. In general, it’s believed that solar power can increase your home’s value by as much as $15,000 or $20,000.

When trying to decide whether or not to install solar panels on your home, it’s important to consider the following:

  • Solar panels are best installed on a roof that is structurally sound and in good condition.
  • Trees, tall buildings and other shade-generating features in the landscape can affect your home’s ability to generate solar energy.
  • Homeowners concerned about the aesthetic impact of solar panels can consider solar shingles, which are designed to be integrated integrate into a home’s normal roofing.

Choosing a reputable contractor is important for ensuring that your home will get the most benefit from solar panel installation. A good contractor can ensure that your home’s solar panels are installed properly to maximize solar energy output. A good contractor can also ensure that solar panels are installed safely without damaging your roof.

Greg Geilman REALTOR®
President and CEO, South Bay Residential
1040 MANHATTAN BEACH BLVD. MANHATTAN BEACH, CA 90266

MOST COMMON SOLAR ENERGY MYTHS

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With the prospect of fossil fuel-based energy crises and human induced climate change looming, the demand for renewable energy technologies like solar power is growing. Unfortunately, there are currently many myths which hold solar power back from reaching its full potential. We are here to dispel some of these. Read on to find out more, and check out LEDwatcher.com for comparison of different solar lights.

First myth: solar power doesn’t work when it is cloudy or cold and rainy

Actually, solar panels are capable of supplying plentiful energy even in colder environments and those with high cloud cover. Developments in solar panel technology and battery and storage systems, mean solar power can be effective in all climates – some examples of countries where solar is already meeting a sizable proportion of the population’s energy requirements are the UK, Germany, Italy and China.

Second myth: solar power is too expensive and not viable economically

As a matter of fact, solar panels are becoming more and more affordable all the time as uptake increases and technology and production methods improve. Over the last decade or so the average solar panel costs have fallen by about 60%. It is now almost cheaper to generate electricity from solar panel than it is from coal – particularly when you factor all the external and hidden costs of fossil fuels into the mix! In many countries, there are government tax credits and other financial incentives encouraging the uptake of solar panels by making them more affordable to the average households and businesses. In addition, in many countries, if you happen to generate solar sourced electricity beyond your own requirements, you will actually be paid for feeding the excess back into the grid.

Third myth: solar is too hard to install and maintain

Actually solar panels are pretty straightforward to install so long, that is, as you are utilizing reputable, reliable manufacturing and supply companies. You may actually receive a government credit or discount for choosing certain companies to help you install your panels. Furthermore, most modern solar panels are constructed in a way that they are able to withstand rugged weather conditions, and are quite easy to clean whenever any dust, grit, snow etc does find its way on them. One exception: if you have a battery-based solar system, it will be a bit more work to maintain.

Fourth myth: solar panels will damage your roof

This is another blatant myth! Actually solar panels will protect and preserve the parts of your roof that they cover. The panels can also be easily removed and then replaced if the underlying roofing happens to be damaged and needs repair.

Fifth myth: roof mounted solar panels make it hard to re-sell your home

Actually, in a lot of cases having solar panels mounted on your roof will enhanced the value of your home. Numerous studies have found that homes with solar panels sell FASTER than those without, and fetch a better rice also. In particular, where the installation of solar panels on a home’s roof is accompanied by feed-in tariff schemes and the like – where you get paid for generating solar power – this makes the home even more appealing to prospective buyers who would also reap the benefits of the scheme.

Sixth myth: clean coal makes solar power unnecessary

Coal mining can never be ‘clean’, despite all the recent talk about ‘clean’ coal. Solar will always be a more environmentally friendly energy option than coal.

Seventh myth: solar panels negatively impact the environment, once they have reached the end of their lifespan

In fact, once solar panels reach the end of their life cycle (about 40+ years), most of their components can be recycled. Some companies will even take them off your hands for you and recycle them for free.

TWO MORE WEEKS LEFT TO PARTICIPATE IN MICRO FIT PROGRAM

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The IESO announce that it will only accept Mico FIT applications until 11:59 p.m. EST on December 28, 2017, or until the final 50 MW Annual Procurement Target is reached, whichever is earlier. If the Annual Procurement Target be reached before December 28, 2017, the IESO will immediately stop accepting MIcro FIT applications.

It further said that applications submitted to the IESO prior to or on the date on which the IESO stops accepting applications will only be reviewed if capacity becomes available in the Annual Procurement Target by December 29, 2017. And applications will continue to be reviewed in the order that they are received.

It also said, any application that is not allocated to the Annual Procurement Target (i.e., any application that has not been set to Pending LDC Offer to Connect status) by December 29, 2017, will be terminated and the applications that have achieved Pending LDC Offer to Connect status will continue to be processed.

So if you are thinking to participate in the Micro FIT program you should act immediately and submit your application at the earliest as only two weeks window left. We can help you get your application in successfully in a timely manner, do not hesitate to contact us.

IT IS TIME TO ACT BEFORE MICROFIT PROGRAM ENDS

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Ontario’s Ministry of Energy has set 28th December 2017 as the date to switch incentive program from current Feed in Tariff program to Net Metering Program. Hence it is important to understand the difference between these two programs and make a decision if you want to participate in Feed in Tariff program before it ends.

With Feed in Tariff program, you sell all the electricity generated by your solar power system to the utility at higher price than you pay for the electricity when you consume. And you continue to buy all the electricity you need from the utility at the lower retail price than the price paid under Feed in Tariff program. Because you are continuing to buy your electricity from the utility you do not need to have storage to store and use the electricity at night.

With net metering program when your solar power system produces electricity, it goes first power your home needs at that time. If your solar power system produces less electricity than your home need or if you need energy when the sun isn’t shining at all, that power is automatically supplied from the utility grid. If your solar power system produces more electricity than you need, the extra electricity is send back to the utility grid and you get credited for the electricity you send back to the grid at the same retail price that you pay for the electricity you consume from the grid.

With net metering, the homeowner is only billed for the “net” electricity used each month, that is, the difference between the energy produced by the solar power system and the energy consumed by the house over the monthly billing period. If your solar power system produces more than what you consume in a billing cycle, you get credit and this credit is carried forward to the next billing cycles. Under the Net metering program, credit is carried forward to twelve months and at the end of twelfth month it is reset to zero.

An existing microFIT contract would not be revoked as a result of the introduction of the new net metering program. Upon expiration or termination of a microFIT contract, the current microFIT contract holders could apply to the net metering program.

You are eligible to participate in the Net Metering program as long as you are:
– Planning to generate electricity primarily for your own use
– Using a renewable energy source (solar, wind, hydro, bio)
– Maximum size of your system is less than 500 kW
How will your hydro bill be calculated?

The value of the amount of eligible electricity generated and returned into the Local Utility Company’s grid will be deducted from the value of the amount of electricity you consumed from the system. If the result is positive, you will receive an adjustment on your monthly hydro bill. If the result is negative (meaning you’ve exported more energy than you’ve consumed), you will receive a credit which will be carried over into your next billing period. Important!!! Excess energy credits from previous billing cycles can be carried-over up to a maximum of twelve months.

We have made an effort to explain the difference between these two programs, if it is still not clear to you or if you have other questions or would like to get a free solar assessment of your property do not hesitate to contact us. If you want to take advantage of the microFIT program before it is too late you need to act now. We can help you get into the microFIT program before it ends. Click here and complete the form one of our representatives will be in touch with you to assist you.

SOLAR ECLIPSE AND SOLAR POWER PLANTS

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While North America is anxiously waiting for the solar eclipse, the solar energy industry is very cautious about the event. Power plant managers and electricity system operators in North America are cautiously preparing for this event when the moon passes between the earth and the sun.

An eclipse is caused by the alignment of the earth, the moon, and the sun. It’s a relatively rare occurrence because the moon doesn’t orbit in the same plane as the earth and sun. However, when all three line up, the moon covers up the disc of the sun, and those in the direct path of the moon’s shadow will be able to see the sun become dark.

August 2017 solar eclipse in its totality will last for about two minutes and 40 seconds. The effect of this total solar eclipse will turn the day into the night. Eclipses have happened before but this eclipse is happening at the time electricity generation from solar and wind are exceeding electricity generation form other tradition sources such as hydro, coal, nuclear, and so on.

During the solar eclipse, electricity generation from solar power plants will drop to zero and electricity system operators have to match this drop with electricity from other sources such as gas, and hydro to keep the electricity grid stable and to provide electricity to customers during this short period. Furthermore, when the solar eclipse come to an end, solar plants will suddenly start pumping huge amount of electricity into the grid and electricity system operators must react to these changes in a timely manner to keep the electric grid stable and to provide electricity to their customers.

Even though Electricity system operators reach out to “peaker” power plants to smooth out swings from solar and wind on a regular basis on a much smaller scale the sudden drop and jump in demand for power from the grid due to eclipse would be much larger and raises worries about overburdening a system that will already be running at a summer peak.

This eclipse is happening at an interesting time when solar power plant capacities in many countries are increasing steadily. This event also will expose us to many unknowns and will help to make the solar power plants more robust and stable in years to come.  We are confident that when we pass through this event we will have more experience, data and confidence that are necessary to make solar energy main stream.

GLOBAL SOLAR PANEL INSTALLATION MAY REACH 49 GIGAWATTS IN 2014

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Written by Nani Pradeepan, P.Eng.

As the new year dawn, businesses are looking forward to 2014. Among them is the solar industry, which is anticipating continued growth into the new year as international markets continue to expand.

At least one industry research firm has taken a bullish approach anticipating that the global level of solar installations could reach 49 gigawatts by the end of 2014. And another research firm anticipates that the world will have 43 gigawatts of solar panels installed by the end of 2014. Either way both companies are showing strong and stable growth for the industry.

Market conditions have stabilized for the solar industry over the past few years, following a period of wild growth, which led first to undersupply then oversupply of solar panels by photovoltaic manufacturers in particular. Manufacturing over-capacity and pricing erosion within the PV industry was previously a key factor in limiting annual growth to 10 percent to 20 percent between 2011 and 2013. With a more stable pricing environment and the prospects of increased end-market globalization, research firms forecasts a return to annual growth above 30 percent for the PV industry in 2014. It also anticipated that during that six-month period in 2014, 22 gigawatts of solar panels will be installed.

PROVINCIAL FIRST: ONTARIO’S INDEPENDENT ELECTRICITY OPERATOR EMBRACES NEW STORAGE METHODS AS EFFECTIVE GRID BALANCER

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PROVINCIAL FIRST: ONTARIO’S INDEPENDENT ELECTRICITY OPERATOR EMBRACES NEW STORAGE METHODS AS EFFECTIVE GRID BALANCER

Calling it an “important milestone” in the evolution of Ontario’s electricity system, Paul Murphy, the president and chief executive of Ontario’s Independent Electricity System Operator, announced Thursday that energy and process storage technologies would be added to the mix of options available to provide regulation services to the province’s grid — that is, keeping supply […]

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