Frequently Asked
Solar Questions

How does solar photovoltaic energy work?

Visit our Solar Overview page to learn more.

How do I know if solar power might be right for me?

A few key factors go a long way in determining whether solar power can save you money. You could be a great candidate for solar if:

  • You own your home, farm or business;
  • You have a roof that isn’t heavily shaded and is in good condition, or have land that isn’t shaded;
  • You use at least a moderate amount of electricity;
  • You have a good credit (this matters only if you prefer to finance your system);
How much maintenance is required?

Very little or none – inverters may need replacing, which normally occurs after the 20-25 year warranty term. In dusty environments, periodic washing of the panels may help increase electricity production.

How long do solar systems last?

A good quality solar system can last more than 40 years. Most components of TruGreen Energy systems come with 10 – 25 year manufacturer warranties.

What if there is a cloudy day?

Solar systems produce less electricity on cloudy days. The great majority of homes with solar still connect to the local electric grid, drawing power from the local grid when needed.

What if I’m not using electricity when the system is producing power?

In many Canadian provinces there is a policy called “Net Billing” which means the power utility credits a homeowner for solar energy that is not consumed by the home. Those net billing credits are used up when the home takes power from the utility.

What are the risks to getting solar power?

As with any investment, there are some risks, though a well-installed system will make most risks extremely rare. Risks include solar systems catching fire, installations leading to roof leaks, theft, and hail damage and/or wind damage to the solar system itself. Fast-growing trees can shade solar installations, reducing production over time. Utilities can change how much they charge their customers for electricity, changing the savings from solar. Policies that are beneficial to solar installations may change (e.g., Net Billing).

SASKATCHEWAN IS THE
PERFECT PLACE FOR SOLAR

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  • An abundance of sunlight hours makes Saskatchewan’s solar potential the highest in Canada.
  • 2nd highest cost of electricity in Canada.
  • Solar panels actually work better in the cold because they convert
    light into power, not heat.
  • Installing solar can increase your property value by up to 5%
  • Businesses and incorporated farms can write off 100% of their
    system cost in year one meaning thousands of dollars in tax savings
  • SaskPower gives you credits on your bill for overproduced power
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