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Solar Photovoltaic Cells for the Kingston Home FAQ

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This page will contain a list of questions and answers related to installing PV on a home in Kingston, ON.

The Questions are grouped into the following categories:

  • Technological
  • Financial
  • Administrative
  • General
  • Feed in Tariff (FIT) FAQs


Technological FAQs

What type of solar panel is best?

Does the efficiency of the Solar Panel decrease over time?

Does Kingston have enough solar energy for solar panels to be feasible? What about Winter?

Are solar panels environmentally friendly?

Can they be recycled?

Are solar panels safe (health, environment etc?)

Are there certified installers and retailers in Kingston?

Several retailers and installers can be found at SWITCH.

These include:

  1. Downunder Solar and Electrical
  2. Eco Alternative Energy
  3. Quantum Renewable Energy Inc.
  4. Renewable Energy of Plum Hollow Inc.

Where can I find out about renewable energy dealers, sales, installation and equipment?

What is the warrantee on Solar Panels?

What do the terms on-grid, grid-connected, grid-tied and off-grid mean?

On-grid, grid-connected or grid-tied means connected to the utility electrical grid. Off-grid refers to systems that are not connected to the utility electrical grid. An off-grid system must be custom designed by a solar power expert. [1]

How hard is it to get connected to the grid?

What if bird droppings fall on my panel?

What if a projectile or object hits my panels (roof top or ground mounted)?

What does "energy conversion efficiency" mean?

Will my system work on cloudy days?

Why is shade a problem?

What happens if there is a power outage?

What are the disadvantages to using solar energy?

Can the modules withstand high winds and hail?

How long will my solar power system last?

Can I be totally independent from the utility?

Kadra09 18:52, 5 June 2009 (UTC)

Financial FAQs

What is the Feed in Tariff (FIT) and how does it affect me?

How can I get a site investigation and financial feasibility study done on my house?

Does is cost me to apply for the FIT?

Will Solar Panels affect the property value of my house?

Can I sell my panels to the manufacturer or other users second hand?

Are Solar panels too expensive to install to give me back a reasonable return?

Do you really think solar and renewable energies are a good investment?

How do I get financing?

What maintenance does the system require? How much does the maintenance cost?

Will Insurance companies cover my panels?

Is the FIT better than the RESOP ?

The FIT is an improved program, geared towards increasing the amount of residential PV

Are government incentives available to reduce the price?

Kadra09 18:52, 5 June 2009 (UTC)

Administrative FAQs

Do I need approval from my homeowners’ association?

Some homeowners’ associations have rules regarding the installation of anything on your roof or grounds. If you belong to a homeowners’ association, consult your covenants for details.

If I rent a home or apartment, can I still get a system?

Do I need permission from the local utility to connect my solar system to the grid?

What if I need a new roof or am building a new house?

Kadra09 20:08, 5 June 2009 (UTC)

General FAQs

What happens if I move/ sell my house?

Does investing in Solar PV and other renewables help the economy and the environment?

What support groups or resources exist in Kingston?

  2. Utilities Kingston

Can I install it myself?

Kadra09 18:52, 5 June 2009 (UTC)

Feed in Tariff FAQs

More answers to FAQs regarding the FIT can be found at “Online Q&A”, OPA FIT

Kadra09 19:04, 5 June 2009 (UTC)