At SolarDirectCanada we believe
the best customer is an educated customer. To be honest, most of our salesmen spend
more time educating than they do actually selling. The more you know, the easier our job
is. Below you will find useful
links, product information and even books that are available free online.
We could put thousands of links here but we have chosen the
ones that you will might find the most useful. Enjoy.
Chart - This is a handy site for creating a custom "sunpath" diagram for your location.
Chart - The same information as above but shown more graphically.
- This is a largely useless but fascinating site that shows up to the minute where Ontario power is coming from
and how much it is costing. It shows all the power facilities and what they are currently producing. Do you think
Ontario is not burning coal? Check here for yourself.
Electricity - This is a website that covers the basics of electricity.
of Solar Electricity - From our friends
at Florida Solar Energy Center (FSEC), a research institute of the University of Central Florida.
Feed-In Tariff - The official OPA
site for information regarding the Ontario Feed-In Tariff. On this site you will find all the rules for connecting to the grid, including the contract you will sign, and how much you will be paid.
Canadian Sales Tax Rebate - The official site detailing information
about the RST rebate. (Expires at the end of 2009)
Resources Canada - This is their
document repository on all things solar.
Energy Data - This is from NRCan again, but this is a link to their statistical
databases on energy consumption.
Online Static vs Tracking Monitoring - This site has online live monitoring of
two co-located 2kW arrays, one static and one fixed. Historical data is also available.
Property Tax Implications
See the following Fact Sheet from the Ministry of Finance regarding changes to the Assessment Act on rules governing property tax treatment of renewable energy installations.
FACT SHEET - Property Tax Treatment of Renewable Energy Installations
Many of these links are already posted with our product
listings but here they are again at a glance.
Fit/MicroFIT Domestic Compliant (Ontario-made) Sharp 230W panels
Fit/MicroFIT Domestic Compliant (Ontario-made) Sharp 235W panels
Sharp 230W Technical Specifications
Sharp Warranty Information
Sharp Installation Manual
Evergreen 200-210 Technical Specifications
Fronius IG Plus Inverter Brochure
Fronius IG Plus Inverter Data Sheet
Fronius IG Plus Inverter Factory Warranty
SMA Sunnyboy 5000-6000-7000 Brochure
SMA Sunnyboy 2500-3500 Brochure
Sunnyboy 5000-6000-7000 Installation Manual
Sunnyboy 2500-3500 Installation Manual
Sunnyboy Factory Warranty
Enphase M190 Datasheet
Enphase M190 Install and Operations Manual (& Warranty Information)
Enphase D380 Datasheet
Enphase D380 Install and Operations Manual (& Warranty Information)
Dual Axis Tracker Brochure
Instructions for AZ-225 Dual Axis Tracker
Conergy Suntop Brochure
Instructions for Conergy Suntop Mount system
These are for the people that want to know everything that
there is to know without actually buying any books.
Working Safely With Photovoltaic Systems
Sandia National Laboratories - 1991 - 31 Pages
This is a great introduction to safety concerns and procedures. This is recommended
reading for anyone involved in installing or maintain photovoltaic equipment
either professionally or for themselves.
Study Guide for Photovoltaic System Installers
North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners - 2009 - 77 pages
This book is meant to be a study guide for installers that are working
toward their NABCEP certification but it is also a great text book for anyone
that wants to learn more about PV installs. It includes a test at the end if
you wish to test your knowledge. It is meant for professionals so some of it
is pretty technical.
A Guide to Photovoltaic System Design and Installation
California Energy Commission - 2001 - 40 pages
A general introduction to grid-tie systems including ones with battery
backup. It includes a test and some good drawings in it's appendicies
that could be useful as an example for anyone preparing to submit a project
application to a utility or building department.
Stand Alone Photovoltaic Systems - A Handbook of Recommended
Sandia National Laboratories - 1995 - 437 Pages
This is a very indepth manual covering off-grid
systems. It includes system design examples for many different off-grid
applications including, residential, remote monitoring, water pumping, remote
communication and several others.
Solar Power in Building Design - The Engineers Complete
Peter Gevorkian - 2008 - 506 pages
A very in-depth look at the solar industry including everything from
history to production techniques. A very lengthy book but well worth the read
if you have the time.