FAQ's

We understand you may have several questions about Grid -Tie and how it can work for you and your family. Here is a list of our most frequently asked questions that will hopefully help you understand how you can put solar to work for you!

Why invest in a grid-tie system?

Solar users like using their own energy first, and knowing its source is clean, renewable energy production. Solar fixes the energy costs, avoiding utility rate increases. Some provinces like Ontario have a feed-in tariff that offers to purchase the power from your system, creating an income stream.

What happens in winter?

Solar energy does vary throughout the year. In practice, grid-tie system owners don't usually worry about snow as winter months have low production.

Why are solar panels a good investment?

Solar electric panels feature a 25 year output warranty and will likely last for 30 years or more. This means the HES system you install today will produce free and reliable electricity for decades. As an investment in your home, offices, your system will enhance its value while delivering clean, quiet energy for you to use. Now that's a smart investment!

Explain Grid-Tie to me. What can I expect?

Grid-tie solar systems are used for homes in the city. A solar system mounted on the roof can produce some or most of the electricity consumed in the home. Solar systems can reduce electrical consumption.

How does a Grid-Tie System work?

See the cross section of a house with solar grid-tie system. There are two basic components: Solar array: One to ten kilowatts of solar panels, typically mounted on unused south facing roof space. Inverter: Converts solar energy (DC) to match utility power.

What happens during a power failure?

Grid-tie systems safely disconnect in the event of a power failure. We offer the option of a Secure Source battery backup that would run some selected loads like pumps or lighting in the event of a blackout.

How much energy can I gather with a solar electric system?

One kilowatt (1000 watts) of solar panels (area A. of 120 - 150 ft), mounted with good exposure facing south, could generate between 1000 and 1400 kilowatt hours (kWh) of electricity per year.