Solar panel Installation is a cost-effective way to save you money each month, while protecting you from annually rising electricity costs from your hydro distributor & simultaneously increasing your properties value.
Most residential homeowners in Ontario tend to have their solar panels installed on the roof of their homes, while rural homeowners have more options in terms of their placement. Such as the roof of their homes, garage, or free-standing in their yard. However, whether residential or custom home builds in Ontario, the expert technicians at SolarUp, can tailor the positioning of your solar panel installation to optimize the aesthetics and energy efficiency of your solar panel system. As solar aesthetic is becoming a top priority for residential solar panel manufacturers and installers, like SolarUp. So, for those homeowners still on the fence due to the aesthetics of solar panel installation. We make it easy for you to take the lead in going solar, so that you can own your energy and stop renting it today!
Note: Due to recent changes in regulations, which state that if property owners pay into residential rates for their hydro, then no free-standing (ground-mounted) solar panel installation is allowed. Rather all panels must be mounted to either the roof or wall of a building.
Upon contacting & booking your initial consultation with the expert technicians at SolarUp, we can provide you with an accurate initial estimate for your system size and your home’s specific energy production capabilities, if we have access to high-quality satellite images directly from our office. Additionally, for a more accurate estimate and economic analysis of your home’s energy consumption requirements, we will require a copy of your most recent electricity bill.
Following your initial consultation for your home solar panel system (PV system), our team will then come by your home for an on-site assessment to obtain detailed site-specific information that we will require to move forward with the installation process. Such as, roof measurements, details of your electrical system, along with a shading analysis (to determine the environmental conditions for your home, which could reduce the production of your solar PV system). For custom home builds, SolarUp can design a system directly from the drawings and work with the builder or architect to ensure the highest performing and most aesthetically integrated system.
Once our on-site assessment has been completed, SolarUp will work to design a system specific to the specs that were gathered during our visit to your home. Such as, your roof space in addition to your budget and your home’s electricity consumption needs. This is a complex and detail-oriented process that takes multiple options that are presented into consideration. From there, our design team will provide you with a sketch illustrating what your home will look like with your solar PV system on the roof as well as an economic analysis of your project.
SolarUp, will then submit and take care of all the permitting paperwork that is required to move forward with your project. Such as, electrical, building, and/or development permits, including the application paperwork needed to connect your system to the utility grid via Net-Metering.
The next step in the installation process will be the actual installation of your custom solar PV system by our highly professional & expertly trained technicians. At this point we will work with you to configure an agreed upon date for your installation in advance, for when you can expect us to arrive. Our team guarantees respect for your home and ensures a clean and safe work environment!
According to Section 188.8.131.52 (f) Div A of the Ontario Building Code requirements, a building permit is to be issued prior to the installation of any solar collector (solar PV systems) that are mounted on a building and has a face area equal to or greater than 5 sq m (50 sq feet). However, during the installation process our team at SolarUp will be sure to take care of all permitting paperwork requirements for you.
On average, most solar companies work to install a residential rooftop solar PV system in one to three days. However, this is all dependent on the number of panels your custom solar PV system requires and how complicated the installation process is. Although, there are certain aspects of a solar installation, which are said to take more time, such as gathering local permits and inspections.
The national average up-front cost is $18,500 for the installation of a 6-kW solar panel system of a 1,500 square foot home with a consumption of about 7,200 kWh per year (or about $125 electricity bill per month). With that in mind, the price per watt for installing solar panels can change depending on the home’s geographical location. More commonly residential solar panels range from 3 kW to 10 kW in size. Thus, the average cost for a system of that size varies anywhere from $9,000 to $30,000 for the cost of the total installation before taxes, rebates, grants or interest free loans, credits or discounts. To determine the average cost of a solar panel system in relation to its size, use a solar panel cost calculator to provide a more accurate picture.
A solar system that includes solar batteries is known as a solar-plus-storage system. These systems are becoming increasingly popular amongst residential homeowners’, due to their energy efficiency storage capabilities. However, additional solar batteries or solar-plus-storage is not a requirement for most solar homeowners in Ontario because of existing Net-Metering program that is made available to solar homeowners. So long as your solar system is connected to the utility grid with the Net-Metering programme, your system does not require a battery or solar-plus-storage system. The utility company essentially acts as your own batter for a modest connection fee of about $30 per month. Considering all excess power that is generated by your solar panel system, is directed back into the utility grid, which at no additional cost you can get back as a credit if your home requires more electricity than your panels can generate at any time in the day.