Solar Myths Defeated

Posted by Admin on June 29, 2012

Even though solar panel technology has been around for a long time, a lot of people find themselves hesitant in adopting solar technology on their roofs due to many misconceptions regarding solar panel systems. One myth argues that photovoltaic panels require constant sunlight. However, in reality, panels mostly require UV radiation over direct sunlight. Even when the sky is cloudy, the panels will function with full potential. In fact, panels work even more efficiently when they’re cooler.

Another myth is that pv panels cannot handle winter temperatures and precipitation. However, panels are almost maintenance-free even in the winter. South-facing panels even help melt the snow and keep it off and still collect a lot of solar energy. They also protect the roof from weather damage. Another myth concerns the visual appeal of installing solar panels. While some may think that panels will dampen the esthetic appeal of their property, in actuality, solar panels can even come as solar shingles for a sleek, black roof. They also increase the value of the property and protect the roof from weather damage.

Some people think that solar panels require a lot of maintenance. However, since panels can survive extreme weather conditions such as hurricanes, normal weather will not affect the efficiency of the panel. The panels are easy to clean, all you need to do is hose them off periodically.

Solar energy is efficient, free, does not damage the environment, and will lead to savings in the long run. While the initial investment may seem excessive, they pay for themselves in the long run and save the homeowner a substantial amount of money every year.

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Net Zero Energy Buildings

Posted by Admin on June 25, 2012

Buildings consume almost half of all energy produced in the United States, and the number is growing. The IEA predicts that if India and China’s energy consumptions reach the same levels as the US, their consumption would be four and seven times greater than they have been in recent years.

There have been several plans on improving this consumption, including the plan to use a two-pronged approach. First, all buildings must be designed to consume less energy. Second, the buildings must have a way of generating some energy to offset their consumption. This concept is referred to as NZE (Net Zero Energy Buildings).

The IEA argues that the most effective and affordable method for the energy generation step of the plan is through PV solar panel systems. The decreasing costs of using solar energy have increased interest in this renewable energy generation source.

To find out how to make your property a Net Zero Energy Building, contact us today!

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Benefits of Net-Metering to Utility Companies

Posted by Admin on May 28, 2012

Electricity companies frequently argue that customers participating in net-metering programs can affect their bottom-line because participants do not generate or pay enough to maintain the cost of the grid. However, there is one example where this is not the case.

Joe Wiedman of Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC) presented a proposed standby charge of 5.3 cents per kWh for the participants in the New Mexico net-metering program, which would allow utility companies to recover their costs from their customers spinning back their meters.

Other reports show that net-metering is actually beneficial to utility companies.  Through net-metering, utility companies avoided high energy costs and line losses, as well as capacity upgrades and transmission costs.

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Saskatchewan’s Net-Metering Rebate Program

Posted by Admin on May 16, 2012

The province of Saskatchewan announced that residents of the province will have another chance to save up to 35% on their renewable energy systems. While there was disappointment when the program ended in March of last year, CanSIA and their members strived and succeeded in resuming the program, and the amount of interested participants has grown exponentially.

The acting manager of the Go Green Saskatchewan program, Dr. Geoffrey Waters, stated that the provincial participation in the Net-Metering Rebate Program has reduced over 1,200 tons of carbon dioxide emissions. He explained the extent of success that the program is seeing, stating that there are more applications than they originally had funds for, showing that they underestimated the success and interest in the program.

The 35% rebate can be explained by breaking down the responsible organizations. Go Green Saskatchewan rebates 25% , and the additional 10% is covered by SaskPower. This 35% goes towards offsetting the cost of installing renewable energy systems with generating capacities of 100 kW or less.

For information on net-metering services provided by Logitest Solar, click here.

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INTRODUCING NET-METERING SERVICES FROM LOGITEST SOLAR INC.

Posted by Admin on March 13, 2012

Logitest Solar is introducing solar PV systems that can be connected to the grid and save money on electricity bill since the day of the connection.

Today house owners are interested in efficient houses that save money on electricity bills. We are able to provide solar systems that can be installed and connected within a month time frame and increase household savings with same rate as price for electricity is increasing.

Logitest Solar offers variety of solar panels that measure from 8 sq. ft. up to 18 sq. ft. per panel. That means that every house can participate and amount of savings depends from the roof space available.

Houses that can fit more than 25 solar panels can bring monthly hydro bill close to nothing. The cost of solar PV has decreased significantly over the past few years. Now is the right time to start saving money on electricity bills with solar.

Contact Logitest Solar for a quote and start saving today!

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