Where does the money go that you pay for on your electricity bill?
Gas power plants? Nuclear? Coal?! Definitely not back to your own pocket!
Energy is what runs our daily lives. When you take a look around you will notice everything is tied to the grid, and the grid to multiple energy sources. These energy sources don’t consist of the best things out there either. Saskatchewan gets most of its energy from coal (40%), gas (35%) and hydro (16%).
You, like most people, know that your home is your biggest energy consumer, but what if you could turn that house that is constantly pulling energy from the grid into its own power station? Contributing to the whole and supplying not just your energy needs but the energy needs of your neighbors as well!
30 years ago, it didn’t make sense for most people to buy solar systems unless you were a wealthy environmentalist because solar used to cost $75-80 a watt. Today it can cost as low as $3.00 a watt generated by solar and installed. This drastic drop in price over the years has led to more and more people considering switching to solar and ultimately going solar after they do their due diligence in research and consult with local installers.
A solar system will generally save the average person 2 to 3 times the amount they pay initially throughout the life of the solar panels warranty, which is 25 years. This is considering that utility rates keep increasing at the rate they are. That is pretty good for 25 years, let alone the whole life of the panels and some panels are lasting 40+ years making your investment even more worthwhile.
What about our Saskatchewan winters? How does the cold and snow affect the panels and electricity generated?
Well, we’re glad you asked!
Solar panels are not generally affected by the cold and are actually more efficient in cooler temperatures! For concerns of snow, the removal of snow and dust is really the only upkeep you will ever have to do for your system. Just like shoveling your driveway, except your driveway doesn’t save you money.
In winter there may be less energy production due to shorter, more cloudy days. This is corrected with SaskPower’s net metering program as SaskPower adjusts to offset your electricity bill by using saved credits that were produced throughout the long summer days. This is why it's important to size a solar system that will match your electricity usage over an entire year as opposed to monthly as it eventually balances out.
Saskatchewan is also one of the most exposed provinces to sunlight out of all of Canada.
To add to these points it is also very important to know that Saskpower has an amazing grant right now that allows you to get a 20% rebate on the cost of your installation. This grant has been extended to November 2021 but nobody is sure if it will be extended again. This is the best time to start considering solar in Saskatchewan.
Still not convinced you should start considering solar?
Blaze Solar uses the best quality panels with 25 years warranty, top of the line inverters with warranties ranging from 10-25 years and we provide a 10-year workmanship warranty on all our installs. We guarantee you get your monies worth on your investment. How’s that for risk management?
As a local business we have taken it upon ourselves to educate and provide the opportunity for our local Saskatchewan people to go solar because we truly believe this is a great opportunity to save money as well as provide a clean alternative to our second industrial ways.
If you are curious or have more questions about why solar IS right for you AND the planet, please give us a call or request a free quote.