Frequently Asked Questions

Solar Opportunities in Ontario

Net-metering – This is the most popular program this year. This option will give you a lower initial return on investment but over the life of the system it will give you a much higher ROI than any other option. Net-metering is much faster to get approved and much less restrictive than MicroFIT
Grid-interactive Net Zero – This option is used when you have a grid connection but the utililty will not let you connect a solar system to it. It is more expensive than net-metering or microFIT but it has the added bonus that you will have power when the grid is down.
Off-grid – This is only suitable if there is no grid connection available. It is the most expensive option.

The best way is to call us and talk to one of our solar specialists. We can quickly determine what the best option is for you. Here are some general guidelines though;

MicroFIT – If you do not have a load account at the site this is the only choice. This option has the highest initial rate of return but overall the rate of return is lower than net-metering.

Net-metering – This is the most popular program this year. This option will give you a lower initial return on investment but over the life of the system it will give you a much higher ROI than any other option. Net-metering is much faster to get approved and much less restrictive than MicroFIT

Grid-interactive Net Zero – This option is used when you have a grid connection but the utililty will not let you connect a solar system to it. It is more expensive than net-metering or microFIT but it has the added bonus that you will have power when the grid is down.

Off-grid – This is only suitable if there is no grid connection available. It is the most expensive option.

In Ontario there are four different ways you can use solar.

MicroFIT – This is a program offered by the Ontario government where if you put solar panels on your roof they will guarantee to buy as much power as you produce for the next 20 years at a set rate. The 20 year rate for people who lock in this year is 31.1 for systems under 6kW and 28.8 cents a kWh for systems between 6kW and 10kW. This has been the most popular program for the past 7 years.

Net Metering – This is the simplest program to understand. You generate the power and you use it. Excess power can be stored in the grid for up to 12 months.

Off-Grid – This type of system is used when there is no grid connection available. This is typically used for remote sites.

Grid-interactive Net Zero – This is a hybrid of net-metering and off-grid. It is typically used when the utility will not allow a standard grid-tie system.

Financing

In Ontario there are four different ways you can use solar.
MicroFIT – This is a program offered by the Ontario government where if you put solar panels on your roof they will guarantee to buy as much power as you produce for the next 20 years at a set rate. The 20 year rate for people who lock in this year is 31.1 for systems under 6kW and 28.8 cents a kWh for systems between 6kW and 10kW. This has been the most popular program for the past 7 years.
Net Metering – This is the simplest program to understand. You generate the power and you use it. Excess power can be stored in the grid for up to 12 months.
Off-Grid – This type of system is used when there is no grid connection available. This is typically used for remote sites.
Grid-interactive Net Zero – This is a hybrid of net-metering and off-grid. It is typically used when the utility will not allow a standard grid-tie system.