Frequently asked questions
Solarcor answers the most commonly asked questions about solar power
including what you should know, case studies, and testimonials
Solar power is the safe, reliable, and eco-friendly way to help you turn from coal and reduce your energy costs by up to 100%. You can use a free resource, be protected from price spikes, help diversify the economy, improve Canada's reputation, and be your own power plant all with one phone call.
Solarcor was founded as a solution to expensive, pollution emitting electricity. Along the journey, we realized we could improve the lives of a lot more Canadians than we had realized by providing a cheap alternative to the power plants. From sales, to master tradesmen, to professional engineers, Solarcor employees and contractors want to save you money, reduce your carbon footprint, and make our economy stronger. It doesn't hurt that our prices are so low and customer satisfaction is so high either. Contact us today!
Advancements in manufacturing and new solar technology has finally lowered the price to the point where it can compete with utility supplied power. Solarcor solutions use the combination of energy, distribution, and transmission charges to compete with cheaper coal and gas power.
The average home in Alberta or Saskatchewan will save approximately 125 metric tons of CO2 from being released into the atmosphere over 20-30 years. That's something like over half a million kilometers driven, 6 football fields worth of trees, or 100,000 lbs of burned coal.
Long term leases can be easily transferred to new owners and either party can buy the system at any time for the original purchase price.
When properly installed, solar panels actually protect and prolong the life of that section of roof. We seal the few screws with commercial sealant and cover the racking system with what acts like a shingle, so leakage is almost impossible. It's important to note that if you think your roof needs to be replaced, you should do so before installing solar panels. You can receive a discount if you use a Solarcor approved roofer.
Solar looks better than ever. Canadians on average prefer solar power over any other source of electricity. Tell your friends you are considering installing solar panels and chances are you will start an exciting conversation. Choose Solarcor and you can both receive discounts.
The panels stop working when the sun sets, but your power stays on. You are still tied into the grid, so you can use credits from the extra power produced during the day to offset your bill.
Solar panels convert energy from the sun to direct current (DC) electricity, which is then converted to alternating current (AC) power using a micro-inverter on your roof. AC power is what you can use in your home. Power from the inverters is then carried to the electrical panel (breaker box) in your home and used by your appliances. Any extra energy is transferred back onto the electrical grid and credited to you by the utility's meter for use during the night or shorter winter days.
Solar manufacturers guarantee a certain level of production for 20 or more years, but their products usually last much longer. Because the system has no moving parts, it is not unheard of to expect a solar panel to last for over 30 years.
While panels typically lose between half and one percent in overall performance every year, quality installation and maintenance practices can help systems last for years longer. Our $0 options include complimentary 24 hours a day system performance monitoring and no charge maintenance. Those who buy and own their own system can pay a low annual fee for Solarcor to take care of everything.
Solar in Western Canada produces between 1100 and 1400 kWh per kW every year when properly installed.
For safety reasons, our standard solar array will shut off electricity production during a power outage, but Solarcor can equip your home with a battery backup to keep the power on.
When you contact Solarcor, we look at the size, angle, and pitch of your roof to design a system tailored to your energy needs. The ideal rooftop face south with a 30-45 degree pitch and little to no obstructions or shading during the day, but solar still makes sense on almost any south facing roof. See if you qualify for our $0 options today.
Solar panels are a major investment. On the other hand, solar is more affordable than ever with proven returns comparable to or better than any other investment out there. Still not sure? Let us install our own panels for you with our $0 options.
There are many interesting R&D projects in the works all over the world, but the fact is that we are today still using the same technology as we were 50 years ago. Costs have come down so substantially that the time is finally right to invest or have us install our own panels for you.
Start saving today if you qualify for one of our $0 options, and purchase the system at any time once you're convinced.
While there isn't quite enough information yet on Canadian homes, study after study in the United States shows solar homes selling faster and for a premium over homes without. No one wants to buy a house with expensive bills.