We just got back from exhibiting at the Farm Progress Show, and aside from answering questions about our livestock watering products, one of the most frequent questions we got was;
“Do you guys do residential (aka. Grid-Tie) solar projects?”
The answer is yes, we do them well, and we have been doing them for a long time, before solar was cool (or even affordable!). We do them in the city, in a town, on your farm, on the ground, on the roof, on a tracker, or on your business, they’re kinda like green eggs and ham to us, we’ll do them anywhere, but we do have some questions before we start.
Let’s examine the 3 constraints of a solar project, and then we can design the system that fits within those constraints;
- Consumption – The SaskPower NetMetering program allows you to offset your consumption with the power that your solar array produces, however, you are not provided any compensation if you produce more than you consume. For example, if you consume 7,200 kwh/year from the grid, we wouldn’t put a 10kw array on your home, a 10kw array would produce 13,000 kwh, and you’d be subsidizing SaskPower. However, a 5kw system produces about 7,200 kwh year, costs less and requires less space. For farms, and commercial customers consumption is not often a design constraint.
- Available Space – A solar module is either 18 sq. feet (60 cell), or 22 sq. feet (72 cell panel), and a south facing exposure will maximize the production of the module. We can, and will use other exposures to help offset your bill, but, we start by filing the southern exposure. If that’s enough to offset your consumption (from above) there’s no need to look at SW, E, or W exposures. This is the most common constraint for a roof mount installation in an urban setting.
- Budget – Solar isn’t cheap, it usually starts at about $12,000, and, the Net Metering rebate (20%) is available on projects up to $100,000. Budget is a constraint of farm, rural, commercial and residential customers. Whether it’s a dollar limit, a rate of return target, or payback period, we will design a project that meets your financial needs.
Once again, yes, we’re more than just a livestock watering company, we’ve been doing solar a long time, we have a process to design your project, install your project, monitor your project, and we’re just a short drive away to inspect and maintain your array once it’s connected to the grid.
The current SaskPower Net Metering rebate of 20% expires in November 2018, we’re expecting a new program announcement soon, but don’t know any details, if you’re thinking about Solar for your home, farm or business now is the time.
We were doing solar before it was cool, we’re still doing it now that it’s cool, and we’ll be doing it tomorrow and the day after tomorrow, when it’s even cooler.
Send us an email, come for a visit, give us a call, we’re ready to help you harness the power of the sun.