Free energy sounds like a dream, but the truth is the sun possesses a staggering amount of untapped energy potential. In fact, just one hour’s worth of sunshine can provide enough energy to meet global energy needs for an entire year. While we don’t have the ability to harness all that energy just yet, photovoltaic (PV) panels are getting more efficient – and inexpensive – every year.
At Energy Smart, we are proud to provide an array of high-quality solar products for any application. We offer everything required to set up a PV system today, including solar modules, inverters, wiring, mounting and installation. We always carry the very best systems available on the market.
Check out the solar benefits section below to see what solar energy can do for you. For more information on how to harness the sun’s free energy, connect with us today!
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How Does Solar Energy Work?
Every day, the sun pours out energy onto the earth in the form of heat, light and radiation. This is the energy that powers our world and that plants use to grow and flourish. With photovoltaic cells, we can utilize this energy too. It’s important to place each PV cell in a way that will receive optimal sunlight exposure each day to maximize efficiency.
Together with a system of inverters, a distribution system, and a storage system, PV cells can power your home year round.
How a solar energy system works:
- Photovoltaic cells within a solar panel convert sunlight into direct current (DC) energy
- DC power is converted into AC electricity by the inverter(s).
- The inverter(s) feed the AC electricity into the electrical distribution system, which is fed throughout the home.
- Excess solar energy can be sold back to the energy grid.
To learn more about solar energy, drop by the showroom or give us a call today!
Benefits of Going Solar
From the reduced price of energy to leaving less of a carbon footprint, photovoltaic energy truly has the ability to change the world. That’s why we are committed to helping people uncouple from an energy grid that’s too dependent on unsustainable methods of energy production, and embrace the future of green energy: harnessing the power of the sun!
Moving to solar voltaic cells can help you:
- Aside from the initial investment and the upkeep costs, solar energy is completely free
- Excess solar energy can often be sold back to the energy grid
- Protects users from fluctuating power costs
- No harmful emissions
- Low environmental impact
Interested in free, sustainable power? Come by the shop or give us a call to find out more!
2019 Alberta Solar Incentives
The government of Alberta recognizes the importance of moving from old, unsustainable methods of power production, to new, green technologies. To aid this shift, the government is offering revolving solar incentives.
The provincial government is offering homeowners $0.90/watt up to either $10,000 or 35% of the eligible system costs, whichever is less. Commercial building owners can claim $0.75/ watt or up to either $1,000,000 or 35% of eligible system costs, whichever is less.
For more information on Alberta’s sustainability programs, contact us today.
Solar Energy FAQ
Solar Energy Customer
Over the first full 4 years of operation, our home ended up being net-negative for electric use with a overall average of almost 108% of our annual electricity needs! While in the first year we produced just 90% of our electric needs, we made adjustments in use. Now we are very happy with the result!
It has been wonderful with working with EnergySmart, Rudy and Ian Magill were so easy and friendly to work with!
Solar Energy Customer
Energy Smart and Corellian helped us with a small sun room extension with solar panels. Every part of the extension was done beautifully and the solar panels work amazingly (even despite the haze from wildfires)! We can also monitor how well the solar panels are working each day (depending on the amount of sun they are receiving) and reduction of CO2 through the use of the solar panels. Everything was done on time and very professionally. I highly recommend working with Energy Smart and Ian!
Solar Energy Customer
A big “shout-out” for – Rudy and his wonderful staff at Energy Smart/Arctic Spas, they installed a 12kw Solar installation at our place in the Rockies in BC and a “heat pump” hot water tank. From the start Rudy and Ian were someone we could work with – they answered our questions, looked at our data and sized our solar to accommodate our energy requirements. There were many questions, many details that Rudy and Ian handled! We went “live” and it has been exciting – a handy app lets you “watch” as the sun feeds you “free and green” power, also shows your “effort” in saving Co2 emissions. Again, after start up, some questions arose and they were answered with patience! This has been a dream of mine for a long time, and it is fantastic to have worked together with Energy Smart to make it come true.