You want to learn a little about Solar Panels

Solar 101

Energy from the Sun


Earth receives a HUGE amount of solar radiation every day. About 30% of it is reflected back to space, the rest falls on clouds, land and the oceans. Solar radiation (sunlight) is used in generating electricity. Solar power is the conversion of sunlight into electricity using photovoltaics (PV), PV converts light into electric current using the photoelectric effect. Next the Direct Current (DC) that is generated by the PV panels is converted to Alternating Current (AC) by means of an inverter so it can be connected and fed back to the utility lines.

For a microFIT subscriber the generated power is measured by means of a standard meter and the total power generated is paid at the end of each month.

In Ontario (44 degrees) sunlight average is about 3~4 hours per day per year, that means (lets pick 3 hours), 3 x 365 = 1,095 hours of sunlight. If you have 1, 250W panel say from "Canadian Solar", that would mean 1,095h x 250W = 273,750W or 273.750KW of power in 1 year.

microFIT allows up to a one 10KW system, which means 10,000W/250=40 panels (250W each and installed on a dual axis tracker for optimum production).

Therefore 273,750W x 40= 10,950,000 W or 10.950MW of power / Year in Ontario.

Now we know from experience that the amount of sunlight on average is more in ontario based on data from various certified installations.

Here is a Solar map for Canada

What is it?

- Hydro Generation - microFIT - MPPT or PWM Charge Controller - Net Metering - Off Grid
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