Solar Power FAQs for Ontario residents.
About FIT/MicroFIT, Domestic Content and pay scales. Sunlight hours, pv panel angle, snow and Canadian Winters.
It is imperative that a connection offer be obtained from your local power supply company.
Without this offer you will not be issued with an Ontario Power Authority MicroFIT conditonal offer of contract. ie You won't be able to take part in this project.
To ensure eleigibility GET PERSMISSIONS BEFORE BEGINNING.
What is the FIT program
FIT stands for the Feed In Tariff program, currently being offered (in Ontario, Canada) by The ©Ontario Power Authority.
The program provides remuneration to householders, farmers, churches and businesses for power generated and supplied to the energy grid.
Solar, wind, water, power generation AND landfill gas, biogas and biomass projects can apply for inclusion..
What is the difference between the microFit and the FIT program
The ©Ontario Power Authority MicroFIT program is for solar projects up to 10 kW.
The FIT program is for solar projects over 10 kW and below 10MW.
What will I be paid for the power supplied to the energy grid.
The ©Ontario Power Authority MicroFIT solar power program rate is $0.802 per kW for the next 20 years.
The ©Ontario Power Authority FIT solar power incentive program rate varies from $0.713 to $0.443 per kW for the next 20 years.
What are the Domestic Content compliance levels
Domestic Content is defined as the percentage of your project that was "made in Ontario". The FIT and MicroFIT
documentation explains, in detail, components and their domestic content percentage allocation. Written confirmation
will be required. Our products meet or exceed domestic content requirements. The Domestic Content requirement applies to operational Solar projects only.
Before 31st Dec 2010 - 40% (MicroFIT project up to 10kW), 50% (FIT project 10Kw and over)
After 31st Dec up to 1st Jan 2011 - 60% for both MicroFit and FIT projects.
What happens if I sell my property.
The MicroFIT contract can be transferred to the new homeowner.
When are peak sunlight hours
Peak sunlight hours in Southern Ontario - Canada are between 10 am and 3 pm.
Place your solar PV or thermal panels, on your property, where the sunlight is strongest between these hours.
What Angle do the panels need to be installed at
Solar PV panels, in Southern Ontario - Canada, should be tilted up from the flat by between 42° and 45° approx.
This angle corresponds to the latitude where your property is situated.
What about the Canadian winters.
Producers of Solar PV Panels know all about Canadian winters, in fact the Day4 60MC-I Photovoltaic modules where designed in Canada with snow fall, cold conditons and high winds in mind. Solar panels have been tested all over the world and have performed well in all kinds of extreme weather. Snow can be gently removed with a soft bristled brush. NOTE if you have installed your solar array on your roof, the roof will be bearing the weight of the solar system plus a snow load.
Solar modules are designed to self-clean with rainfall. Solar modules can be wiped clean with a damp sponge, on a cool day.
What is the difference between Grid-tie and Off-Grid Systems
Grid-tie solar systems built
onto your building and property, connects directly into the
electric utility feed.
This type of system provides no backup power
when utility power fails.
A Grid-tie system with battery backup feeds excess solar electricity
to the grid and provides backup power
when the utility
grid is down.
Off-Grid Systems -
This type of power system is independent of the utility grid. It
can use solar modules, a wind generator, a micro-hydroelectric
generator, or a combination of any or all of them to produce
your electric power. Owners of this type of system often use
a gas or diesel generator for backup when the power system
does not meet all of the needs.
Where can I buy solar panels
We sell several makes and models of solar panels including Day4 60 MC-I, Canadian Solar, Mitsubishi, Sanyo HIT
to name a few, as well as suitable inverters, meter and monitors . Not all our solar pv panels and modules are listed.
Contact us for specific solar panel and module model details.
Do you design solar systems
We design grid-tie solar systems for homes and businesses across Ontario.
Contact us (Tel: 705 241 8840) to arrange for a residential, business or commercial site survey.
What area do you cover
For solar energy products, grid-tie systems - survey, design and install in Ontario, Canada we cover:
- Barrie, Cookstown, Innisfil, Stroud.
Aurora, Bradford, Concord, Gilford, Hillsdale, King City, Loretto, Maple, Markhamn, Mount Albert, Newmarket,
Nobleton, North York, Richmond HIll, Thornton, Toronto, Unionville, Vaughan, Woodbridge, York.
- Ajax, Bancroft, Belleville, Bowmanville, Clarington, Cobourg, East York, Lindsay, Oshawa, Peterborough, Pickering,
Port Hope, Port Perry, Scarborough, Trenton, Whitby.
- Bolton, Brampton, Etobicoke, Georgetown, Mississauga, Orangeville.
Beaverton, Blue Mountains, Collingwood, Dundalk, Flesherton, Hanover, Meaford, Owen Sound,
Shelburne, Thornbury, Wasaga Beach.
- Cambridge, Cheltenham, Erin, Fergus, Flamborough, Guelph, Kitchener, London, Milton,Waterloo.
Burlington, Hamilton, Niagara, Oakville, Stoney Creek, St Catharines, Thorold, Wellington.
- Coldwater, MacTier, Midland, Moonstone, Parry Sound, Port Severn, Penetanguishene, Waubaushene.
- Bracebridge, Gravenhurst, Hunstville, Muskoka, Orillia, Rathburn, Severn Bridge, Utterson, Washago.