Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Alberta Micro-Generation program?

The AB MicroGen act allows anyone to produce enough energy to cover their yearly usage.

What about hail?

Modern panels are tested for hail. They can withstand an incredible beating in hail storms. But if a freak storm rolls through, home insurance covers any damage.

During the brutal hail storms of Summer 2020, not one of our solar arrays sustained damage.

What happens with the extra electricity I produce?

Your energy company will automatically credit your account for any exported electricity.

How long will my solar panels last?

Solar panels installed 40 years ago, with older technology, are working just fine nowadays. They have no moving parts – they will last a very, very long time.

What if we don't plan to stay in our home or business for 25 years?

Going solar will increase the equity of ones home. By how much is hard to say as it’s early days for the AB market. In California people saw a 3-5% increase in equity according to a Berkley study.

Does Solar YYC provide a warranty on their workmanship?

Yes. We provide a 10 year warranty with an option to extend to 25 years.

What kind of maintenance am I required to do on the system?

There is practically no maintenance for solar panels. Mother nature will clean them and Solar YYC will provide weekly monitoring to ensure the systems are running.

How does winter effect solar panels?

According to a NAIT study, snow build up will reduce a systems yearly output by a mere 3-4%. And they don’t get our Southern Alberta chinooks up in Edmonton!

Is Southern Alberta a good place to install solar panels?

The best in Canada! We might have cold winters but the sun shines all year around here.

Will my system still run during a blackout?

Grid-tied solar arrays will not run during a blackout. If we back feed the line and some is working on them, we could hurt them! The inverters automatically shut off when the grid goes down.

Do solar panels affect the roof's ability to insulate from the cold or heat?

Yes, but in a marginally positive away. They keep sun off the roof and help to keep warmth in during winter.

How much experience does Solar YYC have with installing solar panels on homes and businesses?

In business since 2016 we have quickly become one of the top residential installers in Southern Alberta. With over 250 projects completed we have 250 happy customers who are happy to share their experience with you!

Our commercial projects are powerhouses (and one of them is on top of an apartment building!). Again, ask us for referrals!

Should I install battery storage with my solar panels?

Solar YYC doesn’t recommend battery storage at this time. We are still a few years away from what’s being called the “Storage Revolution” – where tech will increase and cost will come down.

Can I start small and then increase the size of my system over time?

Yes, solar arrays can always be expanded upon.

How does the energy company keep track of what I produce?

The last step in the install is to have the energy company come out and install a (free!) bi-directional meter that automatically keeps track of your import/export.

What is the average installation time?

Most residential installs take 1-2 days – we require access to the home for around 1-2 hours during this time.

How much roof space will I need?

It really depends! Every home has different consumption patterns. But a typical south facing detached garage can cover the majority, if not all, of a most people’s needs.

I want solar panels in my yard, not on my roof. Is this allowed?

Solar pergolas are becoming more popular! We have many installed ground mount systems in rural areas.

Should I go with one main string inverter or many micro-inverters?

For residential systems the answer is almost always micro-inverter. They are generally less cost, they protect a system from shading issues, and the micros that we use come with an unbeatable 25 year warranty.