About Solar Panel Power Canada

Solar Panel Power Canada

Background

According to The World Bank, 9% of electricity generated in Canada is lost through transmission and distribution systems. Fossil fuel arguments aside, this means that even ‘green’ energies like wind, hydro, and solar are subject to needless inefficiencies at the utility scale.

This is why, at Solar Panel Power Canada, we firmly believe community-owned solar generation is the only path towards a truly sustainable future.

Organization | Installation Partners | Rankings | 2019 Changes | Guides | Report an Error | Careers | Contact


Solar Panel Power Canada at the 2017 Brett Wilson i3 Idea Challenge (competing finalist)

Organization

Solar Panel Power Canada partners with top-rated local solar companies around the country to provide home-owners with up-to-date solar information as well as free and accurate cost estimates to inform purchasing decisions.

Mission

To bring the citizens of Canada into a sustainable future by offering the services necessary to enable energy sovereignty.

Vision

A country where every community produces the energy it consumes.

Major Goals

  • To be the most visited solar information website in Canada by May 1st, 2020
    • Update May 2018: Currently #1 in Saskatchewan
  • To reach 50% of Canadian residents searching for solar power online by May 1st, 2021
  • To reach 100% of Canadian residents searching for solar power online by May 1st, 2023
  • To make the customer-installer connection for 50% of all non-utility scale solar installations in Canada by May 1st, 2026

Solar Installation Partners

Solar Panel Power Canada only works with a select handful of top-rated, local solar companies around the country.

Each installer is meticulously chosen and has all of the following qualifications:

Customer Feedback

  • Verified Google Business Listing
  • Verified Facebook Business Page
  • At least 5 Positive Facebook/Google Reviews
  • 4.5+ Average Rating on Google and Facebook

Support & Reliability

  • Human-Answered Phone Number
  • Email Reply In Less Than 24 Hours
  • User Friendly Website With Real Project Photos
  • BBB, CanSIA, or B Corporation registered

We will soon be launching Canada’s largest marketplace for solar energy. If you’re an installer that meets the above criteria AND has been in business for at least 3 years, we are welcoming applications:

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Ratings & Rankings

Every year, we hire Canadian university students to research major factors that affect a person’s ability to begin generating solar power in their home province.

Here are the factors that we assess, including the scores attributed to each:

Incentives /5

Scores range from 1.2 (Nunavut) to 3.9 (British Columbia)

Geography /3

Scores range from 1.8 (Yukon Territory, Newfoundland and Labrador) to 3.0 (Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Alberta)

Utility /5

  • Average Electricity Cost /2
  • Average Fixed Monthly Charges /2
  • Interconnection Fees /0.5
  • Net Meter Fees /0.5

Scores range from 3.2 (Newfoundland and Labrador) to 4.5 (Nunavut)

Policy /2

  • Solar Energy Goals /1
  • Renewable Energy Goals /1

Scores range from 0 (Nunavut) to 1.8 (Ontario)

Total Score /15

Solar Power Canada

Once a total score is generated, the provinces and territories are then ranked against each other.

Total scores range from 7.7 (Newfoundland and Labrador) to 11.9 (British Columbia)


Proposed Changes For 2019:

Geography

  • To be scored /4 as follows:
    • /3 Average Solar Irradiation (current factor)
      • Irradiation units will be updated to kWh/kW/yr instead of kWh/5kW/yr
      • Scores will be given as relative fractions of the sunniest province (which will get a 3/3)
    • /1 Provincial Variation (addition for next year)
      • Where variation equals the difference in energy production potential between the sunniest and least sunniest part of the province
      • Scores will be given as relative fractions of the least variable province (which will get a 1/1)
  • No province will score an “F” for geography. Even Canada’s least sunniest province (Newfoundland and Labrador) receives more solar irradiation than Germany, a country currently seen as a world leader when it comes to solar power.

Maps

  • Maps will be re-created using:
    • Panel angle equaling degrees latitude
    • Total system loss equaling PV Watts assumption on Jan 1, 2019 (currently it’s 14.08%)
    • The net effect of these changes will INCREASE the kWh/kW/yr currently given

Guides

  • The exact calculation that we use to transform the NRC insolation data into solar maps will be given within the ‘basics’ section of the guides to allow easy calculation of the size of system required.

New Category (/2) For Financial Indicators

  • Variations of this have been requested by several readers. Points will likely be broken down as follows:
    • (/2) Average gross installation costs on a per-watt basis
      • Net costs will not be included as rebates and tax credits are already a separate ranking factor
      • Other financial metrics such as IRR, NPV, PB, etc will also not be included as these factors change based on energy production (geography is already ranked) and fixed & variable costs of electricity (also already ranked under ‘utilities’)

Provincial Solar Power Guides

Each provincial solar guide is a collection of the information that we generate from rating & ranking research, along with any amount of odd, useful, or otherwise interesting information.

  • The Territories and Nunavut will be added in 2019 (likely sooner, aiming for Sept, 2018)

Report An Error

We try our best to provide the most accurate information possible, but we don’t always get it right. If you notice a mistake or error on our website, please report it by using the form below and we will address the issue as soon as possible. Thank you for your contributions.

See proposed changes for 2019 (above) before submitting.

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Careers

We are currently seeking a highly motivated CTO with extensive experience in web app development.

>Computer science / software engineer / mathematics background is a must.
>Demonstrable interest in sustainability and/or renewables highly preferred.
>Cash and/or equity compensation.

Please apply by sending letter of intent and resume to [email protected].


Contact

Rylan Urban

Rylan Urban
President, SPPC
1-800-679-0925
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If you’re a homeowner looking for an estimate or if you’re interested in speaking to a solar expert, head over to our main contact form and we will get you connected!

If you’re making an inquiry about a commercial project or if you’re interested in partnering with us, please fill out the form below:

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