Solar photovoltaic panels, also known as PV panels, can be mounted on the ground or on the top of buildings to generate electricity using the sun’s rays. Your home or place of business will use the electricity that is generated by your solar photovoltaic system, and if more power is produced than is required, you will be able to sell the excess to us through a process known as net billing.
To eliminate the need for a connection to the grid, you would need to make a significant financial investment in a home that has very high energy efficiency, a larger photovoltaic system, a large battery storage capacity, and/or a large backup generator that is typically fuel-fired. Keeping your current grid connection is currently the most cost-effective way to install a solar photovoltaic (PV) system.
If the amount of electricity generated by your solar photovoltaic system is not sufficient to meet your requirements, connecting your home to the grid maintained by Manitoba Hydro will ensure a steady supply of electricity. Solar photovoltaic (PV) systems that are connected to the grid have the potential to cut your daily electricity consumption by a sizeable amount.
On a bright day, for instance, a home equipped with a 5-kW system is likely to generate enough electricity to sell to us even if it is only using that amount to power its lights and refrigerator. On the other hand, if it is a bright day and you are using an electric furnace that is 20 kW or an electric dryer that is 5 kW, you would start buying power as soon as the sun went down and continued doing so until the furnace or dryer turned off. On days when the weather forecast calls for cloudy, rainy, or snowy conditions, you will still need to purchase power from the grid.
Panel system options
Better energy production can be achieved by installing fixed panel systems with an inclination of 40 to 50 degrees due south. Utilizing a ground system to accomplish this goal will make it much simpler.
A rooftop system is frequently constrained by the orientation of the roof, which is not always perpendicular to the equator, as well as the slope of the roof, which is typically less steep than the ideal inclination.
The majority of ground systems that have been installed in Manitoba to this day have been fixed rack systems, which are less expensive. Automated systems that move in order to follow the path of the sun are known as solar tracker racks. However, the initial investment to install one of these systems is significantly higher, and because of the moving parts, there is a possibility that ongoing maintenance costs will also be higher. In Manitoba, one of the potential difficulties could be caused by snow and ice getting into the drive mechanisms.
The payback estimates of solar systems in Manitoba
The payback period of a solar photovoltaic system is contingent on a number of factors, including: the total install cost, which may include financing costs.
- ongoing operating and maintenance expenses
- the performance of the system, which may be affected by factors such as dust, snow, dirt, and shading
- the quantity of energy used to offset load as opposed to excess energy sold to us
- your site’s annual energy needs in relation to the size of the system you are installing
- future electricity rates in Manitoba
- and the price of excess energy.
The Canada Energy Regulator has finished their analysis of the cost effectiveness of solar energy, which includes information that is unique to Manitoba. The majority of Manitobans won’t be able to find solar energy that is more affordable than our relatively inexpensive and renewable hydroelectric power. View the Economics of Solar Power in Canada report on the website of the Canada Energy Regulator.
PVWatts® is a solar production calculator that was developed by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and can be used to estimate the amount of energy produced by your solar panels on an annual basis. It is possible to program more advanced settings, such as additional system losses due to soiling, snow cover, and panel degradation, to provide a realistic estimate for your project. Note: If you use all of PVWatt’s default settings, your estimates of the amount of energy produced by your system could be too high by 10 to 20 percent.
Sizing your solar system
It is sufficient to know how much energy you consume over the course of a year in order to calculate the size of the system that is appropriate for your needs. Your consumption will be reflected on your regular bill from Manitoba Hydro (in kWh). You can figure out how much energy you use annually by adding up the amounts that are shown for each of the 12 months in a row. Do not commit the common error of multiplying a single month by 12; usage varies significantly according to the different seasons.
Cost of installation in Manitoba
The final piece of fundamental knowledge that you’ll want to acquire is a rough estimate of how much money your system is going to set you back. To perform this calculation, all you need to do is know the size of the system expressed in kW units. The calculation, on a rough level, is not difficult. Simply multiply the size of your system by $2.76/watt, which is the average cost of installing a solar system in Manitoba. This will give you the total amount needed.
Manitoba solar panel installations
Despite its lengthy winters, the province of Manitoba has a high potential for the generation of solar power due to the high number of sunny days that it receives annually (over 300). The advancement of the solar industry has made it economically feasible and more effective for people in Canada to generate their own electricity at home. Photovoltaic panels are able to function either as a primary or secondary source of energy for homes and businesses in the province of Manitoba.
At Greenwingenergy, our area of expertise is the installation of solar panels of the highest possible quality at competitive rates.
People all over Manitoba can take advantage of our affordable and environmentally friendly energy solutions, which we provide from our headquarters in Winnipeg. We install solar panels for a wide variety of businesses, so if you work in one of those sectors and are interested in cutting your energy costs, lowering your carbon emissions, or becoming independent from the power grid, we can help.
Residential solar panel installation
Imagine being able to significantly reduce or even eliminate your regular power bill; this is the level of independence that solar power makes possible. Solar panel systems, both grid-tied and off-grid, can be installed by our company in residential areas located throughout the province.
Homeowners are always looking for new ways to reduce the amount they spend on their home’s utilities.
Those who have a swimming pool, a hot tub, or a large family consistently use up a lot of energy.
Solar panels give you the ability to meet your demands while simultaneously lowering the amount of money you spend on your monthly utility bills.
Adding solar panels to your roof can increase the value of your property. The possibility that prospective purchasers can reduce their monthly electricity bill will pique their interest in the property. Even better, you won’t have to worry about paying higher rates for hydroelectricity if you choose to use power that comes directly from your array.
In residential areas, it is not uncommon for power lines to sustain damage.
When there is a power outage, you won’t be without electricity if you have solar panels and a battery backup system. Even if the power from the grid is out, you can still use the energy stored in your backup battery to power your home.
Because of the angle at which the panels are positioned, the majority of snow will naturally slide off of them, reducing the amount of maintenance that is required for a roof-mounted installation.
If they are maintained properly, PV panels have a lifespan of several decades.
Solar panels have a lifespan that makes them an investment that will pay for themselves.
The weather in Manitoba is notoriously fickle, particularly during the colder months of the year. If you equip your company with an off-grid system, it will be able to continue operating normally even if there are power outages in the surrounding area. This prevents revenue loss that would have been caused by power outages.
We are able to install a battery backup system for you, which will give you complete autonomy.
You can relax knowing that even if your rival’s company experiences a disruption in operations, your own company will continue to function normally. Because of this, you will be able to attract new customers; even when other services are unavailable, they will be able to use yours.
Customers will recognize that your company is making efforts to reduce its carbon footprint, which will result in lower utility bills for your company. Customers will also appreciate that your company is making these efforts. It demonstrates that you are environmentally conscientious that you have informed your customers that you have made the switch to solar energy.
You can differentiate yourself from other businesses by making use of the power that is naturally provided by the sun. Installing solar panels at your manufacturing facility is a great way to demonstrate to your clientele that you are dedicated to lowering your facility’s reliance on fossil fuels.
You can improve the energy efficiency of your company and contribute to the fight against climate change with the assistance of our solar technicians in Winnipeg.
Why should you go solar?
According to Sycamore Energy, the best time to switch to solar power is right now.
Going solar has many advantages, some of which are listed below for your consideration:
- The use of solar power is good for the environment. Our dependence on electrical power will never be eliminated. The day begins with the sunrise, and it ends with the sun setting. Let’s harness the power of nature to propel our everyday lives forward.
- Solar energy helps you save money.
The levelized cost of electricity is currently lower than the rates that are charged for electricity in the majority of jurisdictions.
- The use of solar power enables you to become energy self-sufficient.
The prices that you have to pay are determined by your current utility provider.
Installing your own power generator gives you greater control over the amount of money you spend on electricity.
Take matters into your own hands and manage the risk associated with rate hikes.
- Installing solar panels is a simple and risk-free process.
Solar panels that are efficient have no moving parts, which makes them durable. Additionally, they are simple to install, require very little maintenance, and have a great appearance.
- Utilizing solar power is possible at any time of the day.
- Solar power is the wave of the future.
The majority of people, if told that in 25 years time everyone would have a smartphone in their hands, would have laughed at the statement.
Sycamore Energy is confident that by the year 2040, the majority of homes, businesses, and farms will be powered by energy derived from the sun.
Canadian Greener Homes Grants
When installing a solar photovoltaic system, homeowners may become eligible for the Greener Homes Grant offered by Natural Resources Canada when they decide to get a solar install.