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Thinking About Solar?

What is Solar?

  1. Solar Power = Electricity
  2. Solar Thermal = Hot Water
  3. Solar Sheet = Hot Air
  4. HRV = Heat Recovery Ventilator

Solar systems collect the UV rays from the sun and use that energy to create electricity, heat water to heat your home and water systems (like showers, sinks, dishwashers and washing machines) and to heat the air to heat your home. Because solar collectors work based on UV rays, you can even take advantage of free energy on overcast days. The average solar system has been found to save up to 60-80% on utility costs, while significantly reducing your environmental footprint. If you have any more questions please check our FAQ or contact us.

You can own your solar system by paying the same amount of money to finance the project as you would spend on your average monthly utility bills. At the end of the financing period, you still own your solar system, and can take full advantage of:


Solar Power = Electricity

This is the most commonly found form of solar installation. Photovoltaic panels (PV panels) absorb the sun’s UV rays, convert them to useable energy, and can store this energy in batteries. With the correctly sized system and appropriate number of batteries, you can collect and store enough energy to power your entire home 365 days per year. And while you’re not using any power, like when you’re on vacation, your solar system is actually generating an income for you! Unused solar power can be sent back to the Ontario Hydro grid, and you’ll be paid by your local power supplier for your contribution. The current rates are $.80 per KwH of power that you send back. If you, like many people, work long hours or go away on the weekends, think of the power you’re not using, and the money you can make by saving!

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Solar Thermal = Hot Water

Solar Thermal has been around longer than PV panels (solar electric), and are designed to collect the sun’s UV rays in vacuum tubes or Flat collector plates (there are varying types of panel for solar thermal) and heat the water that passes through the collectors. This water can then either be stored and fed to your water system as needed, or fed directly from the panels to your hot water tank. Water heated by solar thermal collectors can be used for your hot water heating system (hydronic (radiant) heating, forced air heating) as well as the hot water that you use in the taps in your home. Imagine how much hot water you and your family uses everyday from taps, showers and baths, dishwasher, washing machine, hot tub and pool. Heating your water with the sun could save you 60-80% on your average utility bills for heat and hot water, and financing a solar system can cost the same as you would spend on your utility bill, but once it’s paid for – you’ve got free hot water!

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Solar Sheet = Hot Air

Solar Sheet Technology is the newest way to harness the power of the sun. It’s collector plate absorbs the sun’s UV rays and uses the heat, combined with a solar powered fan, to pass air over top and vent warm air into your home. A single solar wall installation has the capacity of heating up to 750 square feet at the same temperature and speed as your furnace. The installation can be done within a few hours, and requires simple access through your wall or roof and connection to your existing ductwork. This is the most affordable method of solar energy to date, and can be customized to heat any size of space larger than 750 square feet.

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HRV = Heat Recovery Ventilator

This is the trade name for a ventilation system, powered traditionally or by solar power, that preheats and precools fresh air consistently being fed into your home while stale air from inside is removed. This simply installed unit is vented outside, and the fan draws stale air from throughout your home and exhausts it to outside. Now – we understand that you’re already paying to heat or cool your home, and don’t want to waste that energy, but still want fresh air in your home. The HRV will take the already warm or cool air inside, heat or cool the fins inside the HRV, and then bring fresh air inside and pass it over the fins which are either hot (during heating season) or cold (during air conditioning seasons) and that fresh air becomes the same temperature as the air already in your home. Fresh air with no wasted energy!

DID YOU KNOW – the leading cause of moisture problems in homes is due to poor ventilation? Air conditioning units spend 2/3 of their energy removing humidity, and only 1/3 actually cooling your home. An HRV can reduce the humidity in your home to less than 50%, and your air conditioner doesn’t need to work so hard, your utility bills are reduced, and your home feels cleaner and cooler!

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