MicroFIT Solar Panel Home Installation

Over the summer and early fall we wrote about our own experiences with the Ontario MicroFIT program which provides a 20 year contract at a fixed price rate to purchase all of the electricity a household or farm can produce.

In our case we were considering installing solar panels on the south-ish facing and the west-south facing roof of our home.

We haven’t yet proceeded. As of the time this article was written, we had not yet received our conditional contract from the Ontario Power Authority (OPA) even though we submitted our application in July of this year.

In fact, the status of our application was changed from Submitted to Info Received on October 25, 2010.

However, we thought you might like to have a listing of the MicroFIT related articles we have written this year, including the ones on our analysis on the financial viability vs simply making RRSP contributions.

This includes the details of an on line solar assessment for both our south and west facing roofs.

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A solar PV installation for your home is not cheap; it can cost as much or more than a new car. So, you have to pay attention to the financial details of the potential investment. You also should compare the cost of a solar panel installation to other types of investments.

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So, here is that listing; enjoy:

Home Solar Panel Electricity vs MicroFIT

Home Solar Power Installation – On Line Assessment

MicroFIT On Site Solar Roof  Top Solar Assessment

Details of MicroFIT Solar On Site Assessment

Applying for a MicroFIT Solar Contract

Financial Discussion of MicroFIT Solar Panel PV Assessment

MicroFIT vs RRSP Contribution

MicroFIT vs RRSP – Conclusion?

MicroFit vs RRSP – Is There Not One Definitive Answer?

 

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Comments

  1. Belcat says:

    Sustainable Ottawa did their own assessment, with all the costs, and came up with approximately a 5% return on your investment, I think it was for $20k of solar panels approximately (about 4kW array), a bigger array may return more… it’s disappointing, but then again, a number green initiatives don’t return nearly as much, so one should be happy one gets something for reducing pollution.

  2. We’ve had our system up for a year now. So some more reliable numbers are in, for us. And the bottom line is, 10.3 kWh a day on average, from our 3.15 kW array. That’s a little above average for Toronto, according to both Our Power and federal government numbers. But there will be year-to-year variances too.

    I have found Our Power takes a conservative approach to their estimates, which is reasonable. But if you are in a very good location, no shade, good angle (around 30 degrees for Toronto), nearly perfect south orientation…it’s reasonable to expect you could get better than normal numbers.

    The truth is, every installation is a bit different. If you take a conservative estimate, and you’re satisfied that’s good enough as a worst case scenario, then you won’t be disappointed.

    I’ve also added some interesting graphs to the website that show the grid consumption versus solar production. You can get those here:

    http://www.yourturn.ca/solar/our-system/graphs-and-logs/?type=consume

    –Julian

  3. Dan says:

    Hi Julian,
    Thanks for the update.

    When I talked with the fine folks at OurPower they also indicated their estimates were just a little conservative.

    Thanks for the updated information.

    Dan

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