Guelph Solar Mechanical Inc., installers of photovoltaic PV solar panel systems, solar thermal hot water systems and solar pool heaters in Guelph, Kitchener, Waterloo, Cambridge, Puslinch and Wellington County, Ontario.
Here are some common questions and answers. Please get in touch if you have other questions which are not covered here.
Do you offer financing?
Yes. We can arrange financing through traditional lenders, as well
as private lenders if required. However, we recommend you first attempt to
arrange financing from your preferred financial institution - your mortgage
provider, typically - as they will already have a credit profile for you, and
you will likely get the best possible interest rate.
Do I need to reroof
before installing solar?
Replacing your shingles right before a solar install is a
fantastic time to do it because the shingles will last for many years longer
with panels protecting them. That said, if your shingles are in good condition,
you will not need to replace them, as the panels will keep them protected and
in good condition for many years.
Does the system have a
Yes. The panels and solar optimizers come with a 25-year warranty,
while the inverter has a 12 year, extentible warranty.
Will a solar system
raise my property value?
Many reviews are showing that the value of a property with solar
is increased. In the United States, the value of the home is increased by $4
per watt of installed solar power (New York Times, Feb, 2016). More research is
needed in Canada, but the trend is here too!
How much energy will my system produce?
Maximum production occurs when the sun is highest. On a daily basis, production starts at sunrise, reaches its peak around noon, then declines until it reaches zero at sunset. During the year, the sun provides the most energy around the summer solstice (June 20) and the least around the winter solstice (December 20). Weather, snow, shading and other factors will impact production. After we conduct an assessment on your roof, we will show you our predicted month by month energy production for your system.
How do I know if my roof is good for solar?
There are a few factors that determine how great a roof will be for solar, whether you are interested in NetMetering, pool or a battery system. Roof surfaces which face south do best, but we often install on other surfaces as well, and the systems do very well. We use a solar Pathfinder to examine how much shade falls on your roof in different areas throughout the year. We then use this information to determine how much electricity your array will produce each year. Get in touch with us and we can do a free assessment of your roof online.