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Does it make sense to heat your water with solar?

March 14, 2019 — We get many people inquiring about heating their water with solar. * Guelph Solar started out 10  years ago as a solar thermal system installer, but as incentives have changed over the years and natural gas prices have been very low, in today’s environment solar electric as part of net metering has become the BEST business case for many reasons.For...

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Solar Pool Heating – Is it the right option for you?

February 12, 2019 — Deciding upon the ideal pool heater can be a difficult choice. The options include electric pool heaters, gas pool heaters, heat pumps and solar pool heaters. An electric or gas pool heater is relatively inexpensive to purchase, however, over the long run is more expensive to operate, not as durable or environmentally friendly, and not as energy efficient as a...

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Create a Condo Microgrid with Solar and Submetering

January 31, 2019 — When building a new condo or townhome complex consider combining solar with submetering to create a microgrid from the start. Solar plus electrification lowers net costs and is the ideal cost reducing, carbon reducing, future-ready option. Hydro rates are expected to increase. Buildings that produce their own clean power will enjoy locked in solar generated power rates over 25 plus...

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Guelph Solar's Premium Solar Roof - A roof that pays for itself!

January 21, 2019 — In 2018 Guelph Solar introduced the Premium Solar Roof as a solution to home owners looking to replace their roof. By putting solar panels on a long lasting metal roof along with low profile racking you are able to enjoy an aesthetically pleasing high efficiency solar system that lasts as long as your roof will! The Premium Metal roof is...

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Snow Removal

January 15, 2019 — Occasionally it happens that snow gets in the way of your panels making power.  Often when it snows, it is cloudy and the days are short anyways, so snow on panels does not matter.  That said, there are times when it will be sunny for several days and clearing snow from panels makes sense and $$. How does clearing snow...

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Commercial Heating

November 8, 2018 —  At Guelph Solar our installers have experience with many types of commercial solar hot water heating systems. The more hot water you use, the greater savings you'll see from your solar thermal water heating system. You'll be increasing your profit margins by lowering your utility bills. It's also a great way to green your business and help Ontario move towards...

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How Solar Works (National Geographic)

October 10, 2018 — What a great video!

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How do I know that my roof will be leak free after installation?

September 5, 2018 — We take the steps to ensure that your roof is not compromised to leaks during our installation process for both asphalt shingle and metal roofing.ShingleInstallation on an asphalt shingle roof requires us to use our custom flashing kits for each bolt used to mount your solar panels. The aluminum flashing kit is slid under your existing shingles where our penetrations will...

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Dairy Operation Case Study

August 26, 2018 — Water heating for dairy farms Dairy farms use plenty of hot water to wash milking lines and milk storage tanks. The larger the operation, the more hot water is needed. Up to 40% of the energy used in dairy barns goes into heating water, so any measure that reduces water heating requirements has a direct impact on the bottom line. Solar...

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What quality control steps are taken to ensure that all work is completed to the highest standards?

August 2, 2018 — All roof penetrations (both solar PV and pool heating systems) are individually inspected for proper seal and water-tightness. Please see this blog for information on how proper roof seal and water-tightness are achieved. PV Systems: - Rails are inspected upon completion of leveling stage to ensure level surface for paneling - Wire management is inspected to ensure proper installation and...

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CED Solar Coop

July 14, 2018 — Make your RRSP investments Solar investments Guelph Solar is working with CED Co-op to construct commercial solar projects in which you can invest.    If you are interested, please have a look at their website and sign up to become a member. Email your membership forms to info@guelphsolar.net.   Membership only costs $10. Once you are a member, you can choose...

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Squirrel and Pigeon Guard- Protect your Investment

June 14, 2018 — One of the most attractive features of solar panels is that they are friendly to Mother Nature. However, sometimes Mother Nature does not return the favour.  Solar PV arrays are vulnerable to damage by animals. Squirrels can cause damage by gnawing on wires. Pigeons or other birds can make a mess by building nests among the wires. Guelph Solar can help protect...

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MicroFit Tax Information

December 29, 2017 — Resources for Clients with MicroFIT Here is some helpful info for clients who have installed a MicroFIT system. You can always feel free to contact us for more information as well!  Taxes 1. First Year In your first year with a solar installation, you will receive a package from the CRA with information on filing for your first solar tax...

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