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Grid Tied Solar

Grid Tied Solar

Interested in doing your part for the planet while also reducing energy costs?

Installing a Manitoba Hydro subsidized Grid Tied Solar System could be the Ultimate Solution.


   Solar Modules are silent as well as low-maintenance,they add value to any home, farm, ranch or business and they don’t create any emissions. Now putting up a Grid Tied Solar System isn’t a project for just any Do It Yourselfer Or weekend warrior. Given the cost of the equipment, the risks involved with high voltage electricity and rooftop installations, not to mentionand the fact A Certified Electrician is required to obtain a Permit, it’s generally a job best left to the experts (Like Us!). Before jumping in, here are some critical considerations:


Do You Have A Suitable Installation Area?


    If you’re serious about solar power, the first thing to do is assess the suitability of your roof (or yard if you have a large property). A significant system will require a significant amount of surface area, ideally between 400 and 1200 square feet. Your roof should catch a lot of light – in other words no (or few) gables, dormers, shade trees and chimneys. Mounting Angle is also Important – you need the panels to catch as much sunlight as possible, no matter how high or low in the sky it is. In Southern Manitoba, the optimum roof angle is around Approximately 43 degrees for South facing exposures, for East/West lower angles in the 18 Degree range are better. How much does direction matter? You’ll get the most from solar panels if your roof has south exposure, but it’s by no means essential. The panels can also be positioned to catch morning and evening sun on roofs oriented to the east or west. In certain circumstances, they can even be made to work on roofs that face north-east or north-west.


Shade is Very, Very Bad!


   Needless to say, shade is the enemy of successful solar power generation. Sure, it’s great to have large, mature trees around your property – they look nice and help keep your house cool in the heat of summer. But if those trees cast sizable shadows across your roof, any solar panels you install won’t work at full capacity. If you’re set on installing a solar array, you could always trim a few branches or take down an entire tree. If that sounds too drastic, solar panels might not be your best choice.


Snow problem?


   We live in a place where winter storms are a reality. This means snow and ice will accumulate on the roofs of our homes for several months of the year. On occasion, snow will simply slide off angled solar panels. But if a crust of snow freezes on top, your system won’t produce power. Console yourself in the knowledge that winter isn’t our season for maximum sunshine hours, and remember that things will be better once the long, sunny days of summer come around again.


What shape is your roof in?


   Solar arrays are built to last. Most professional installations have a lifespan of between 25 and 40 years. But if the roof underneath is in rough shape, it can be costly and complicated to take the panels off and perform a repair job. If you’re planning to install solar panels, your shingles should be no more than 5 years old. If your roof has seen better days, it’s best to get new shingles put on before having solar panels placed on top. Can’t afford to do the whole roof? Just replace the area that will be beneath the panels. The good news? Once the panels are in place, they’ll actually protect your roof from the elements.


What’s all this going to cost?


   Solar arrays aren’t cheap – a typical system can cost between $20,000 and $40,000, while a large system for a Farm or Ranch can cost over $100,000. While that might sound like a small fortune, don’t despair Manitoba Hydro offers a $1000 Per Kilowatt Rebate For Qualifying systems. This offer helps to significantly offset the cost. Besides rebates on installations, homeowners get paid for generating green energy and selling it to the grid. With Manitoba's Hydros Rebate offer and increasing Hydro Rates, system owners recoup their initial costs after within 6 - 8 years and enjoy reduced or free energy going forward!! Contact Westrock Today for a Free Site Evaluation and Quote!

GRID Tie Solar Site Evaluations


Contact Us At 204-784-2310 or Email: to arrange for a site evaluation and report where we will view your location and assess the potential for a Grid Tied solar installation on your property.

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