Solar Power Homes

Solar Power Homes

Solar Power Homes

When was the last time you looked at your hydro bill and was impressed at how low it was, or are you still waiting for that to happen. You may have noticed that electricity rates in Ontario have been on a steady climb for the last ten years, and the future doesn’t look any brighter. There is a way that you can curb this incline by participating in the government of Ontario’s program for solar power homes. Solar power homes are typically homes that are plugged in to the MicroFIT program. The homes generate revenue from electricity sold to the grid at a higher rate than what the market value is. Currently, the typical solar power home generates an average of $400/month of revenue from the sale of electricity.

Now lets look at your hydro bill again. How would your hydro bill look if every month you got a cheque for $400. That would likely cover the bill and most of your other utility expenses also.

The MicroFIT program is simple and easy, and made even easier through Paid4Power’s Promotional microFIT solar for homes program. The lowest cost 10 kW system will give you the highest return on investment, and that is offered by Paid4Power.

Plug in to the MicroFIT program and get you solar power home started. Paid4Power will complete the application process for you and they take care of every step of the process.

Remember that government incentives like this never stay around for too long, so now is the time to receive the benefits.

Do you have a rooftop that gets a lot of sun? If you do, you will likely qualify for the program. If you are not sure, just go outside and look to see if the sun hits your roof for most of the day. A perfect south facing rooftop is not required. The government incentives are high enough that most houses qualify for the program. Contact Paid4Power and use their expert advise to see if you qualify.

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Perhaps you have found interest in solarpanel systems lately? You might have seen them popping up on rooftops in your neighbourhood. The increase in solar panels reminds of when cell phones first came to Canada. I remember

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When my father purchased one of these phones and how extremely expensive they were, and how bulky they were. In my teenage mind I thought to myself, “How can they make a business out of these things when so few people use them, they are so expensive and they are so big and bulky!”

Well, my teenage mind was inexperienced and I did not realize the need or demand for cell phones until I was a little older, the price came down, the phones were smaller, and they were reliable and everyone had one!

The same is happening today with solarpanel systems I believe. When they first started to appear on rooftops back in 2009 (when you started to see them all over), it was due to the microFIT program. The MicroFIT program allowed homeowners and businesses to sell the electricity they generate from the solar panels to the Ontario Power Authority. This made it feasible for normal everyday people (not just the greeny tree-huggers) to purchase solar panel systems.

Lately we have seen the solarpanels reduce in price (by about 70% reduction in cost since 2009), we have seen the panels become more efficient (and less bulky), and we have seen their popularity rise. So, the same thing is happening with solar panels as has happened with cell phones. Pretty soon everyone will have a system, and why not? They are good for our environment, great for your pocket-book. They improve your home’s resale value, and they help our electricity grid. Why let all those powerful sun rays that hit your roof everyday go to waste. It is free energy from the sun and you get to farm it with the solar panels.

Contact Paid4Power to learn how you can save on your solar panel system.

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HOW TO REGISTER AN HST NUMBER FOR SOLAR

Example: Leanne is the owner (supplier) listed on the Church microfit solar panelsMicroFIT contract. (Note: If more than one supplier is on the microFIT contract, you must register both names, for example on the microFIT contract it says: Leanne Brown And Scott Mark Brown, then for the HST number you would register it as both Leanne Brown and Scott Mark Brown)
  • The HST phone number to register is: 1-800-959-5525, press the * key to talk to an agent.
  • Leanne should make the call and tell them that she wishes to register an HST number for herself.
  • She will need her Social insurance number ready, the mailing address (which can be your residence or your accountant or bookkeeper address, wherever you want the records to be kept.)
  • The main business activity is: Sale of electricity
  • This is a voluntary registration
Projected annual earnings: (This is how much you estimate you will generate from the sale of electricity) ie. between $4000 – $5000/year
Projected yearly HST remittance: (This is the Projected annual earnings multiplied by 0.13) ie. $500-650/year
  • She will need to choose a contact person for the account which can be herself or an accountant.
  • The registration is for a sole proprietorship. (or where more than one are registere: a partnership)
  • You will need to choose a year-end for the business, and you should report HST quarterly so that you get your HST back right away.
  • That is all you need and if you have any questions, please call me. The phone call will take about 5 min. to complete.
  • After you have registered, you must notify your local hydro company that you wish to collect HST on the sale of electricity and notify them of your HST number.
In a few months you will receive your first remittance form. Complete the form showing how much HST you paid for the purchase of your solar panel system.
You will receive a refund for the HST that you claim that you paid on your purchase.
After you have received your HST cheque, you should call the HST office and ask them to switch your reporting to Annually. This means that you will now only have to report once per year, the HST that you have collected from the hydro company.
Keep in mind that when the hydro company pays you HST, it is not your money to keep. You are required to remit it back to the Canada Revenue Agency.
Legal Disclaimer: Paid4Power Inc. is not providing you with legal or financial advice. Use this information at your own risk. This information is subject to change according to HST laws in Ontario beyond the control of Paid4Power Inc. 

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Now Serving the Following Cities and Surrounding Areas for Solar Panel Equipment Sales and Installation Services: Barrie Elliot Lake Markham Pembroke Stratford Belleville Greater Sudbury Mississauga Peterborough Temiskaming Shores Brampton Guelph Niagara Falls Pickering Thorold Brant Haldimand County Norfolk County Port Colborne Thunder Bay Brantford Hamilton North Bay Prince Edward County Timmins Brockville Kawartha Lakes…

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We are also looking for licensed master electrician contractors throughout Ontario who can complete the electrical work for our installations.

Only serious applicants who are looking for full-time career employment may apply. Email resume to stuart@paid4power.ca and complete the contact form below. Transportation to and from work is required. We are hiring Sales Representatives to work in any location within the province of Ontario. Solar Energy Jobs are a wonderful field to work in!

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Do-It-Yourself!

DIY SOLAR KITS!

Aug 16, 2013. By Frieda Watt.

When I say “do-it-yourself” what images come to your mind? Are you like me and think of afternoons spent in craft maker’s heaven ending the day by showing my husband all the wonderful treasures I made with bits from around the house. It makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside. Or are you like my mother who envisions months of dry wall dust tracked through the house, family possessions strewn all over, chaos and stressed out, cranky husbands as an unfortunate way of life.

When it comes to big do-it-yourself projects for the home a lot of us have at least one memory of some terrible reno project that took too long, cost too much, was incredibly stressful and swore us off the whole idea at least for a while. For some of us that’s all we know when it comes to do it yourself projects.

However, it doesn’t always have to be that way. The solar market in Ontario is big right now. The Ontario Power Authority started the MicroFit program in 2009. Since then over 1 000 MW have been installed across the province creating clean, green and renewable energy for all.

The price of a 10 kW array, which is typically what is installed on residential homes, has come down drastically over the past four years. In 2009, when the program was first implemented, a 10 kW had the price tag of $100 000. Today, in 2013 the same system costs only $30 000 completely installed by an installation company. This price also includes the engineering report, ESA inspection and the building permit. The only thing it does not include is the connection fee.

That’s a huge price drop. The popularity of solar panels not only in Canada but around the world have increased, dropping the price so that it is no longer the same as a small home in some cities.

It’s an exciting concept. Solar panels generating power for the province of Ontario that the government of Ontario will pay you for. This price now makes it more affordable than ever to undertake.

I speak now to the Do-It-Yourselfers. You know who you are. Those who never need an over-priced professional to come and tinker around for a few hours. You can do it yourself. There are books, youtube videos, trial and error. Why pay for labour for something that you can do by yourself (or with the boys) in a weekend?

Do not fear that just because you want solar panels on your roof you are not perfectly capable of installing them yourself.

For less than $20k a complete 10 kW DIY solar Kit is available to you. The kit includes everything that isn’t at your local hardware store. The specific solar panels, racking, inverters, grounding wire, extension cables and grounding lugs that you need for your project will be delivered to you free of charge. You must provide your own ladder though. Make sure it’s big. Also, there’s something called Fall Safety Training. I would at least look into it.

Before you go ahead and attach solar panels to your roof, you will need a building permit and you will need an electrician to come out to your site two weeks before install, and on the day of connection. The electrician will provide you with a new meter base and disconnect switches. You will also have to pay a connection fee to your local hydro company when they come and install your new meter.

By yourself a DIY solar installation should take between 4 or 5 days. With some buddies, it would take up most of a weekend.

You can do it; all by yourself. Be the next solar energy producer in Ontario and show us all how handy you really are.

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I have to say that I love being a Canadian. As far as I know being a Canadian is like winning the lottery and the good people at the “Better Life Index” tend to agree with me. I tend to think that everything is better in Canada. I mean the health care is free, the bio diversity is amazing, it’s peaceful.

I like to think that Canadians know how to do things. I mean we built the Canada Arm, that took a bit of engineering. But I must admit when it comes to energy it’s kind of embarrassing to admit I’m from the great, white North.

Canadians use more energy per capita than any other country in the world. There it’s been said and goodness it’s depressing. The average home in Ontario uses 12 000 kWh a year. Go look at the light bulb beside you right now. I’m assuming you have a David Suzuki approved CFL bulb that only uses like 17 W there. Please say you do. If you keep that light on for the next 100 hours you’ll have used 1.7 kilowatt hours.

I guess putting it like that it doesn’t seem like 12 000 kWh is a lot. Clothing dryers on average use 5 400 W. Run one of those for an hour and you’ll have used 5kWh. But there are only 13.5 million people in Ontario. Right solar panels ontarionow the worldwide population has just tipped the scales at 7 billion. If every person on the planet used energy like those in Ontario the world would need roughly 84 TW. Luckily not everyone uses energy like a Canadian.

So where is all this energy coming from? No matter what side of the pipeline debate you’re on the realization that we are having to dig deeper to find oil is apparent. The dinosaurs died out 65 million years ago, there is only so much fossil fuel left underneath us.

In Canada 16% of our energy comes from green energy. So I have to ask, how much energy does the sun give off? 174 000 000 000 000 000 W or 174 PW. That’s a lot of light bulbs. Unlike wind turbines that are big and need lots of space and can produce vibrations and sounds that upset those around them, everybody likes the sun.

What’s the number one reason we vacation down south for the winter? No it’s not cheap alcohol, it’s the sun. Everybody loves the sun. When was the last time you told your kids, “Don’t go outside today it’s too sunny out there.”? Have you ever told them not to stay outside too long because of the heat? Burning less oil and sending less carbon dioxide into the atmosphere also means less smog/heat advisory days.

The sun is an amazing thing. The sun can disinfect water. Leave a PET bottle of water out in the sun and after several hours it will be safe to drink. Solar energy is used in North America and Australia to heat water for both residential and commercial use.

Do you know what colour solar panels are? Black. Does all the equipment used to attach the solar panels to a roof come in black? Yes. Now stick your head out the window and see what colour your roof is. Unless you have fancy cedar shingles or a metal roof your answer is probably: black or grey which comes from black. So what happens when one puts black racking and black solar panels on a black roof? Nothing. The roof is still black, still flat, still uniform. Not only that but the singles underneath those solar panels will last longer than they would have had no solar panels been present.

For those of you who have fancy cedar shingles or a metal roof your roof will look a little different than it did before but the same still applies. Your roof will look neat, tidy and the existing roof will last longer.

After the first two weeks of excitement in the neighbourhood that someone got solar panels, your roof will just blend in with everyone else’s.

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In Ontario today the government will essentially pay you to put solar panels on your roof. Let me repeat that. The government will pay you to produce energy for the province of Ontario on your roof.

It’s simple. Find a solar installer near you. Try Paid 4 Power Inc. They’re very nice. The company will put in an application for your property that you want to put solar panels on, be it a house, cottage or barn. Once the Ontario Power Authority approves your application you will be given a contract for 20 years that guarantees that the government of Ontario will pay you between $5000 and $6000 per year for the energy that your solar array produces. Once you have you’re approval the company will come and install your system. Your hydro company will come and install a new meter. You’ll now have two meters, one to measure your energy consumption (yes, you’ll still get a hydro bill) and one to measure how much energy your array generates.

Once the hydro guys get you connected sit back and enjoy the fact that while you’re sun bathing on your deck, you are also making money.

In six or seven years the solar array will have paid for itself with the remainder of the 20 year contract being the return on your investment.

Think of solar panels as an investment in our future. An investment in your personal financial future; in the Ontario as a leader in renewable energies; in Canada so that we can change the world, through our production of green energy and the reduction of our carbon footprint.

The sun is an amazing orb. But in Ontario we can use it to power our world.

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