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Solar Panels Vancouver BC
Some people think that Vancouver, and the entire west coast, is too cloudy, too rainy, and doesn’t have enough sunlight for solar panels to work well. Well, luckily for Vancouver homeowners, Vancouver BC is actually a very suitable location to utilize solar panel power. The solar irradiation levels in Vancouver BC are able to produce solar energy at the 1,000-1,050 kWh per kW installed per year mark. What this means is, per kilowatt (kW) of solar installed, you can expect to generate 1,000 to 1,050 kilowatt-hours (kWh) of electricity. The average home consumes around 10,000 kWh of electricity per year, so if you wanted to fully offset your energy bill, you would need to install at least a 10kW solar panel system.
Vancouver Solar Power Incentive Programs
If you are thinking of installing a solar energy system on your home in Vancouver, or anywhere in BC, now is an amazing time to get started because of rebates available from the government of Canada. The Canada Greener Homes Grant is available to Vancouverites wanting to install solar power and it can cover a large portion of the installation costs. This solar rebate program makes experiencing the benefits of solar energy more attainable and improves the ROI you can expect from a solar panel installation Vancouver BC.
Benefits of going solar in Vancouver
There are numerous benefits to installing solar panels on your home or business. Some of the primary reasons we hear from our past clients include saving money on monthly energy costs, reducing long-term carbon footprint, and claiming their own energy independence, and reducing reliance on BC Hydro.
Reduce Energy Costs & Generate an ROI
Most of our installs help our clients save 50 to 100% off of their energy bills.
Reduce Carbon Footprint
Although Hydroelectricity is relatively “clean” when compared to other ways to generate energy, there is still significant environmental damage and habitat displacement that occurs when creating hydroelectric dams. Independently producing your own power from solar panels is a cleaner way to produce energy.
Reduce Reliance on BC Hydro
A lot of our clients find peace of mind in knowing they are fully dependant on BC Hydro to power their homes. Even more energy independence can be achieved when you pair a solar energy system with battery storage such as a Tesla PowerWall. This allows you to produce your own energy and also store it onsite, making you fully self-reliant.
Cost of Solar Panels Vancouver BC
Probably the number one question we get from our prospective clients is, how much do solar panels cost in Vancouver BC? A typical Vancouver solar energy system will cost between $15,000 and $30,000. The overall cost of the project is site-specific and will be determined by a litany of different factors, including roof type, how much energy you want to offset, product selection, and so on. The average project will offset around 50% up to 100%+ of a home’s energy requirements. The solar panel system will be tied to the existing Vancouver grid infrastructure and does not require batteries (although many of our customers choose to pair their solar power system with a Tesla Powerall battery for peace of mind from power outages).
Quote For Solar Power
At Shift, we offer complimentary, no-obligation assessments for solar power installations. All you have to do is reach out to us and one of our Vancouver solar experts will walk you through any questions you may have and provide you a detailed, customized quote for your specific property.
Fun facts about solar power in Vancouver
- You can sell power back to the grid! With BC Hydro’s Net Metering program, you earn credits on your hydro bill for any excess energy produced.
- The average house in Vancouver BC uses around 1,000kWh of electricity per month.
- Most homes with a south-facing roof in Vancouver have the potential to produce 900-1,000kWh/month of solar energy.
- The city of Vancouver has a goal of running 100% of its energy needs from renewable sources.
- You can pair your solar system with battery storage to make your house less reliant on the grid.
We install solar panels in Vancouver and nearby areas
The core Vancouver area is great for installing solar panels on your home or business, and other locations in the surrounding area also offer great opportunities for solar power generation. We service the entire lower mainland from West Vancouver to Chilliwack and everything in between.
- West Vancouver
- North Vancouver