We’ve made it easy to install solar panels for the future homeowner. By design, we’ve ensured that the roof vents allow for a maximum number of panels on the roof. We have also included a conduit from the roof to the electrical panel to make it easy to connect the solar panels.
We’ve requested a quote from a local solar panel installation company – miEnergy. They’ve recommended installing 38 panels resulting in a 14kw system. During 6 months of the year this would produce more energy than is required by the home. Currently, SaskPower allows you to sell credits back to the grid at a rate of 7.5 cents per kWh. During the 6 months that you need to purchase additional electricity, SaskPower is currently charging about 14 cents per kWh. If the homeowners wanted to go completely off the grid they could install a lithium battery system to store additional energy throughout the year. This would cost approximately $15-%20k. To install the 38 panels we’ve been quoted $45 000 – $50 000.
Although it does seem like a high upfront cost solar energy does have additional benefits. A system like this offsets emissions equivalent to planting 80 trees a year or driving 160km less per year.