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.
Sun Path Chart – This is a handy site for creating a custom “sunpath” diagram for your location.
Sun Path Chart – The same information as above but shown more graphically.
Sygration – 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.
Basic Electricity – This is a website that covers the basics of electricity.
Basics of Solar Electricity – From our friends at Florida Solar Energy Center (FSEC), a research institute of the University of Central Florida.
Ontario 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)
Natural Resources Canada – This is their document repository on all things solar.
Canadian 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
Product InformationMany of these links are already posted with our product listings but here they are again at a glance.Solar Panels
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
Evergreen Mounting Guide
Evergreen Installation Guide
Evergreen Inverter Guide
Evergreen Warranty InformationInverters
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)
Wattsun AZ-225 Dual Axis Tracker Brochure
Installation Instructions for AZ-225 Dual Axis Tracker
Conergy Suntop Brochure
Installation 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.