Home Depot EcoSmart PAR 20 LED Lightbulb Review

PAR 20 Light Bulb Comparison

Late in 2010, we wrote several articles on different LED lighting for the home. This included many articles on The Home Depot EcoSmart brand 9 Watt A19 LED light bulb and where we used it in our home. This also included articles on a 3 Watt PAR 20 LED light bulb sold by The Home Depot but not part of their EcoSmart line. One issue I had with this 3 Watt PAR 20 LED light bulb was that it was, well, only 3 Watts. Because it was so low wattage, it was not dimmable; then again, who would … [Read more...]

Financial Discussion of microFIT Solar PV Assessment

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In this continuing series of our own experiences with the Ontario micro-FIT solar PV program, I provided the details of the quote we received following the on-site solar assessment from Sun Volts Unlimited; please do access that article for the details of the quote. Today, following some time to reflect and analyze the details and in receipt of some additional information from Sun Volts, I thought it would be interesting to focus on the financial impact. Yes, the altruistic objectives of … [Read more...]

microFIT Application Processing Wait Time

With the decision yesterday by the Ontario Power Authority (OPA) regarding ground-mounted solar PV projects (64.2 cents per kilowatt-hour (kWh)), I have to applaud the OPA for not making this change in the pricing retroactive. In an email received from the OPA, which likely was received to all those registered under the microFIT program, it states: "The Ontario Power Authority has announced that it has finalized the price for the new microFIT ground-mounted solar PV category at 64.2 cents … [Read more...]

Applying For A microFIT Solar Contract

To date in our continuing series on our possible participation in the Ontario Power Authority's microFIT renewable energy program we have written about receiving the OurPower on-line solar site assessment, the visit from one solar installation vendor and last time the details of his written solar site assessment for our home. Here's the thing; we do not have a contract or agreement with any solar power installation vendor. Yet, a few days ago I went ahead and submitted the microFIT … [Read more...]

Details of a microFIT Solar On Site Assessment

The prior article in this series on our experiences with Ontario's microFIT initiative, we wrote about our experience with one installation vendor's on site solar assessment visit to our home. The purpose of this on site solar assessment was to provide us with the following data to help us determine if from a financial perspective investing in a roof top solar panel installation on our south facing roof would be economically / financially viable: what size of solar roof top installation … [Read more...]

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