Saving with Solar in Ontario
Ontario encourages its residents to use solar to reduce their power consumption. While the province enjoys clean generation from Hydro plants, the supply is limited. As needs grow province wide, expensive upgrades and new generation will be needed. Hydro One would like customers to reduce power consumption, and considers self-generation from solar a key to its future.
Solar installations, whether on a residential roof, ground mounted on a acreage, or on commercial roofs, produce power for its owners at costs close to buying utility power now. If the power is not needed during the day, it can be exported back to Hydro One as part of their Net Metering program, for a credit. The customer then uses this credit against power used at night, or during the winter.
What’s in it for Ontario customers?
- Control of current power costs: A solar system can produce 20 to 100% of the annual power needed to run a home. With the incentives the electricity off the roof is close to the same as buying power from Hydro One. Add future rate increase and the solar electricity gets cheaper every year.
- Investment: A solar system typically yields 5-10% rate of return on the cash invested. Since solar systems last 30 years or more, it’s like a long term GIC. Commercial customers can take advantage of Class 43.2 Accelerated Capital Cost Allowance for an even better rate return.
- Empowerment: Now you are in control of your own power. Rising costs will not affect you in the same way. Plan for lower costs when you retire, and enhance the value of your property
Utility Support Programs:
All Ontario utilities support the use of solar to help homes and businesses to reduce their consumption of utility power. The overall goal is to defer the need for Ontario to add generation facilities, and solar is clean, reliable and empowers residents to take control of the power. Ask your local LDC for information about their Net Metering Policies and Proceedures.
MicroFIT - Income From Your Solar System MicroFIT is a program open to Ontario residents to receive payments for solar electricity generated on their properties and delivered to the utility.The Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) will pay 29.4¢ per kilowatt hour delivered for roof mounted systems and 21.4¢ for ground mounted solar arrays. It’s easier than ever to put solar to work on any home connected to the electrical utility grid with HES PV’s Grid-Tie Systems. These complete packages combine the latest HES solar modules and the highest quality inverters for complete, reliable and fully compatible rooftop solutions. Learn more about MicroFIT here-->
Benefits of customer owned generation can include:
- Lower monthly costs
- Enhanced property value
- 100% green energy
HES-GT-2.5 and 5.0
The HES-GT-2.5 and HES-GT-5.0 have everything you need to add grid-tie solar to your home. The powerful 2.5 and 5kW rooftop solar systems feature HES Solar modules – a reliable brand name you can trust to deliver rated power for decades. Our systems include high efficiency Fronius, SolarEdge or Enphase inverters. Online performance monitoring is also available.
Ground Mount Solar
If you own property, but do not have the roof space for a larger solar system, consider the HES-PV 2-Tiered racking system. Now you can place the solar panels anywhere with good solar exposure. The system mounts on concrete or wooden posts, and is expandable in 2kW increments. Great for offsetting consumption of homes and businesses in rural areas.
HES has the experience to ensure the timely and successful design of PV power systems. Our staff has successfully designed over 5MW of systems for Utility owned FIT Sites, Rural farming properties, First Nations Development Projects, and many other PV based projects throughout Canada. Our experience includes many FIT, net metered, industrial and telecom projects.