HES PV Blog

  1. CanSIA BC Members Update

    CanSIA BC Members Update
    The Canadian Solar Industries Association (CanSIA) is a national trade association representing the solar industry throughout British Columbia and Canada. CanSIA’s vision is for solar electricity to become a mainstream source of energy in Canada’s diverse renewable energy landscape. Join CanSIA Today!  The Canadian Solar Industries Association (CanSIA) is a national trade association representing the solar industry throughout British Columbia and Canada. CanSIA’s vision is for solar electricity to become a mainstream source of energy in Canada’s diverse renewable energy landscape. Continue reading →
  2. 5 Ideas to Help You Install Residential Solar Systems Better (and Quicker!)

    5 Ideas to Help You Install Residential Solar Systems Better (and Quicker!)
    Solar system costs are the lowest of all time due mostly to the decreased costs of the major components (Solar modules and power electronics). Next on the list is to drive down the installation costs without lowering quality. Here's some ideas from HES how to do better and quicker rooftop installations. Continue reading →
  3. SaskPower Net Metering Program Update

    SaskPower Net Metering Program Update
    As of Tuesday, November 27th 2018 SaskPower’s Net Metering Program has been extended until Nov 21st, 2021 or until 16MW of renewable energy have been added. The extension comes as a result of the increasing popularity and confidence of implementing solar electric systems across Canada. Continue reading →
  4. New Federal Tax Policy to Stimulate Investment in Renewable Energy and Energy Conservation

    New Federal Tax Policy to Stimulate Investment in Renewable Energy and Energy Conservation
    In Canada’s Fall Economic Statement for 2018, significant changes were made to drive investment into clean energy sectors in Canada in order to increase Canada’s competitiveness in the world economy. Continue reading →
  5. Alberta Solar Rebate Increased to 35% Off!

    Alberta Solar Rebate Increased to 35% Off!
    Across Alberta, the solar electric energy industry has grown by over 500% since 2015. The increasing expansion of the solar industry is helping to generate reliable trades and careers for many people. In fact, there are many skills related to oil and gas jobs that make for an easier transition into the solar industry. As a result, Efficiency Alberta has increased their rebate to incentivize more Alberta homeowners to install PV systems. Continue reading →
  6. Cleaning Battery Posts on Solar Batteries

    Cleaning Battery Posts on Solar Batteries
    What is the green and white stuff on my battery posts? Those white deposits are likely sulphur crystals from the gasified battery acid that vents during the charging process.  Green/blue crystals may be copper sulphate, and they accumulate around the battery posts as a by product of exposure of battery gases to the lead and copper. Continue reading →
  7. HES PV Wins Solar Distributor of the Year!

    HES PV Wins Solar Distributor of the Year!
    “We are honoured to be named 'Canada’s Solar Distributor of the Year' again. Receiving this award recognizes the hard work our team has put into both our business and the business of our clients - professional solar installers across Canada.” - Dave Egles, President, HES PV Continue reading →
  8. Fall Solar Systems Upgrade – Add 1 or 2kW of Ground Mounted Solar and End Power Shortages!

    Fall Solar Systems Upgrade – Add 1 or 2kW of Ground Mounted Solar and End Power Shortages!
    Yes - it’s officially fall, and the days are shorter. Rain has started and electrical loads are increasing as lights come on sooner. That solar system which performed admirably all summer is becoming taxed and it's batteries are working harder than ever. Its never been a better time for an upgrade! Power shortages can be a thing of the past with the simple addition of 1 or 2kW of solar panels. Here’s how: Continue reading →
  9. Rural Solar Ground Mounting Design Tips

    Rural Solar Ground Mounting Design Tips
    Solar Design Ideas 5: Rural Ground Mounts from 2 to 200kW Rural solar systems reduce farm operating costs by providing electricity at lower prices than buying from utilities. They represent an opportunity for solar installers to help farmers take advantage of Net Metering programs and provincial support initiatives. These are supported by Saskatchewan Solar ProgramAlberta's Energy Efficiency ProgramManitoba’s Solar Energy Program and Ontario’s Green-On programs. BC farmers can take advantage of BC’s solar tax exemption, and zero connection costs. HES has many new innovations in 2018 to help all installers reduce the costs of ground mounted solar installations, including: Continue reading →
  10. New MPPT Charge Controllers for Canadian Solar Systems

    New MPPT Charge Controllers for Canadian Solar Systems
    EPS is an innovative manufacturer who have designed solar charge controllers that work perfectly with the new value priced 60 cell solar panels like the SF-220 and SM-265MC.  This article explores the options and their advantages for Canadian cabin owners. 10 years ago most off-grid cottages used 36 cell modules like the HES-100s.   60 cell modules needed very expensive MPPT charge controllers like the Outback FM-60s or Morningstar Tri-Star MPPT series. Continue reading →

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