Solar FAQS

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Solar FAQS2018-10-21T00:13:36+00:00

Before you Make The Switch to solar energy you probably have a lot of questions.

How does it work? What are the costs? What is my ROI? How do I benefit? We want to answer all of your questions to make sure you’re comfortable and informed before you Make The Switch. We answer some of the most asked solar questions below but please don’t hesitate to contact us if you want more information – we’d be happy to help you learn more.

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Is Solar Worth It?2018-10-19T03:10:04+00:00

Is solar worth it? The short answer is ‘yes’ and the slightly longer answer is ‘of course it is – absolutely!’. Whether you are a homeowner or a business owner, Making The Switch to solar energy will be worth it all the way. At Switch Energy, we customize each solar system to meet the unique energy needs of every home or business owner. Under the Provincial solar incentive Net Metering you will cut back on your Hydro bill by 85%. After 7-15 years of having solar you will be saving money instead of spending it on Hydro. When you Make The Switch to Solar you start owning your energy instead of renting it.

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What Are The Benefits?2018-10-19T03:05:35+00:00

After considering the obvious environmental benefits of switching to solar energy there are still many economic and financial benefits for home and businesses who Make The Switch. Under the Net Metering program you use the energy you generate from your solar system and whatever is unused gets sold back to the grid in the form of an energy credit. This energy credit is valid for a full year and is normally redeemed during the winter months when your panels are producing less electricity than you are using. You can reduce your monthly hydro bill and electricity bill, go off-grid, produce and store your own energy into batteries, and save thousands of dollars when you Make The Switch to solar.

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How Does Solar Work?2018-10-19T02:51:37+00:00

We all know that solar panels gather energy from the sun, but how exactly does it work? In the simplest of terms, when ultraviolet rays from the sun hit a solar cell, those particles of light knock electrons free from atoms which generates a flow of electricity. This electricity is either used by a source, stored in a battery, or distributed throughout an electrical grid. To summarize; the light particles from the sun that hit the earth are so powerful that they can knock electrons from an atomic structure and solar panels are able to harness that energy from the sun.

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Will Solar Panels Damage My Roof?2018-10-19T02:46:52+00:00

Solar panels will not damage your roof. Our installation teams have more than 10 years of experience with an excellent track record. By Making The Switch you will actually extend the lifespan of your roof because the panels will protect your shingles from damaging elements like the sun, rain, and snow. Having a solar system can increase the lifespan of your roof by up to 20 years. Need to re-shingle your roof? No problem – it takes less than a day for us to remove and store your solar system, and even less time to reinstall it once your roof is re-shingled.

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What Happens In The Winter?2018-10-24T21:56:47+00:00

Snow and ice will fall and accumulate on the panels but this is not an issue for multiple reasons. The panels get warm when they are operating so most snow and ice will melt right off giving them a gentle cleaning at the same time. Additionally, you can purchase snow/ice scrapes for your panels that have extensions up to 15 metres long and can clear off your solar system in just a few minutes. When winter comes your solar panels will still work the same if only generate less energy as a result of the shorter days.

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What Happens On Cloudy Days?2018-10-16T15:10:22+00:00

Cloudy days might sound like the Achilles heel of solar panels, but this is simply not the case. Even on the cloudiest of days, a single solar unit will still work at 25% efficiency. As mentioned above, solar panels convert ultraviolet rays from the sun into a usable energy output. These ultraviolet rays are so energized that they easily pass through cloud cover allowing your solar panels to work efficiently. This is the same reason why you should wear sunblock during the summer even on cloudy days because of how powerful ultraviolet light is.

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Classic vs Black on Black Solar2018-10-22T19:09:29+00:00

A Black on Black solar system works slightly less efficiently than a Classic solar system. This is part of the reason why the Black on Black system costs a bit more as you will need more panels to work at the same efficiency. However, the main difference between the two is mostly an aesthetic one. The Black on Black solar system is built to look more sleek when installed on a roof. Check out our Solar Systems page to learn more about the solar systems we can offer you.

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How Much Will It Cost Me?2018-10-16T20:03:07+00:00

The cost of your customizable solar system will depend on your roof size and energy demands. Making The Switch to solar isn’t an expense; it’s an investment that will save you thousands of dollars and help the environment. The median price for a solar system is $25 000. Under the Net Metering program in Ontario, your system will pay for itself after 7-15 years. If you buy your system outright you can expect your solar system to start saving more money than your Hydro bill would be costing you. As if that isn’t good enough, Switch is currently offering $500 back on any full-sized solar system! Contact us to get your custom quote today!

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