Picture of a toonie.
Net Metering
Net metering concept diagram.
Off-grid solar
An off grid house with solar panels on the roof
Solar DHW
Closeup of a vacuum tube solar hot water collector
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Shipped anywhere in Canada
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Resources for Generation of Electricity from Solar Energy
A picture of a 10 kWh dual-axis tracking mount

This are some useful links and publications!

Solar intensity maps: https://glfc.cfsnet.nfis.org/mapserver/pv/index.php?lang=e

http://rredc.nrel.gov/solar/calculators/PVWATTS/version1/ This is a tool to estimate the energy generated by a PV system. It has data for Ottawa.

http://canmetenergy-canmetenergie.nrcan-rncan.gc.ca/eng/renewables/standalone_pv/publications/2006046.h This document is about the maps and data for the Canadian Solar Intensity maps, and assumptions in the models. It explains the kWh/kw values used in the tables, and how this is related to installation efficiency.

The IESO's website is microfit.powerauthority.on.ca

A good reference book on the subject of PV solar syetems is:

“Photovoltaic Systems 2nd edition” by James P Dunlop. This is $CDN 107.50 at amazon.ca and $114.95 at Chapters.

This book is written for the US market, and has nothing specific to the microFIT program.

HomePower Magazine. This is a good resource for off-grid solar instalations, wind power and many other related topics. It has been published for over 20 years, and back issues are available.

Tutorial Topics on This Website

Foundations for ground mounted systems

Types of tracking ground mounted systems

Pictorial guide to various types of mounting systems

Discussion of ground mounted systems

A timelapse sequence of mounting a small basic rooftop system with Enphase microinverters

Off grid PV system planning

Low cost DIY fixed ground mount structures

Low cost DIY roof mounted