There are two main components to your electricity bill:

  • Charges related to the energy you consume. This can either be provided by a regulated rate provider or a competitive retailer.
  • Charges related to delivering the energy to you. This service is provided by your regulated rate delivery provider regardless of your energy provider, as it doesn't make sense to build competing sets of wires and pipelines across the province, which would result in unnecessary and expensive duplication. This is a fixed cost.
  • The only part of the electrical bill you can change by energy production,(SOLAR) is the energy you consume. eg. the KWHRS of your bill.

What is Solar Net Metering (Net Billing)?

Residential and small commercial solar systems are connected to the load centre in a home or business. Solar generated electricity is used first, and utility power provides when solar cannot. If there is excess solar power generated, the power is exported back to the utility. Net Metering defines the process where a utility wheels your solar power to and from your system, essentially storing it for you. Sometimes this is a credit of kWh per kWh, or a monetary credit at a fixed rate per kWh (Net Billing). Net Metering programs enhance the value of solar to customers, and set the rules as to how solar may be interconnected with your utility.

Further more the amount you pay for solar on your house adds to the value of your house . Eg; if you wanted to sell your house with solar installed  and your neighbor has the identical house without solar also for sale , I know which house that i would buy ! 

MANY GOOD REASONS TO SECURE YOUR FUTURE COST AND BECOME A POWER PRODUCER

In November, Alberta announced plans to phase out the use of coal-powered electricity generation by 2030, a daunting task in that more than half of Alberta's electricity currently comes from coal.

-The plan is to shift that burden onto natural gas and renewable sources of energy like wind and solar, something that could force the cost of electricity up, making personal solar power more attractive to Albertan s.

-"One of the real advantages to these types of systems is that once you pay for it there are no additional costs. So your price today is fixed and once that is done, even if electrical costs go up, your price to generate the power you are producing does not."

- The average solar package will pay for itself in energy savings in about 10 to 15 years, a timeline that could improve if the government begins offering incentives for people to embrace solar power

-.Alberta has also announced that it will implement an economy wide carbon tax, which is another reason why Alberta's solar industry is poised to take off,

-Alberta has announced  Up to $5 million is being offered to defray the cost of setting up solar power in buildings such as offices, fire halls and community centers.

- Grants don t come around every year

-Market leaders and analyst are predicting a 3-5% increase in electrical generation cost yearly.


COST OF SOLAR vs COST OF GRID ELECTRICITY

GRID TIE PARITY IS HERE !



Alberta Municipal Solar Program

The Alberta Municipal Solar Program (AMSP) provides financial rebates to Alberta municipalities who install solar photovoltaics (PV) on their municipal buildings.

Who can participate in the AMSP?

  • Municipalities within the province of Alberta
  • Solar PV must be installed on municipal buildings
  • Examples of eligible buildings include: arenas, administration buildings, police stations, fire halls, recreation centres, libraries, public works shops, and community centres
  • Community related organizations (CROs), such as community leagues, are also eligible to participate. However, they must occupy municipally owned buildings and municipalities must apply to the AMSP on their behalf.
  • All projects must be in compliance with Alberta’s Micro-Generation Regulation. Click here to review the Micro-Generator Application Guideline.

Ineligible projects:

  • Projects located on privately owned buildings, schools, universities, or hospitals
  • Solar PV installations that are financed through leasing
  • Solar PV installations completed before February 5, 2016

How much funding is available?
The program provides a rebate ($/watt) based on installed solar capacity to a maximum of 20% of capital costs or $300,000. To receive funding, participants must install solar PV and conduct public outreach following completion of the installation. The rebate will be issued to municipalities after project completion is verified.

Solar CapacityRebate
<10 kilowatts$0.75/Watt
10 kilowatts to <150 kilowatts$0.60/Watt
150 kilowatts to 1 Megawatt$0.45/Watt

Note: Funding is available on a first come, first served basis. Municipalities are eligible to submit multiple applications.

How do I apply?
Applications for the AMSP will be accepted beginning March 1, 2016. Application details will be posted on the MCCAC website.

Where do I find additional information?
Inquiries may be directed to contact@mccac.ca

What we do

  • Initial estimate – We can provide accurate estimates for system size and energy production for your specific house.
  • Site assessment – We visit the site to obtain detailed site specific information required for a solar installation including detailed roof measurements, electrical capacity of your electrical system .
  • System design & quote –Engineering recommendations and work with them to achieve a workable plan.
  • Permitting and grid connection application – we do  all the permitting required (Electrical, Building and/or Development permits) and the auc micro-generation application.
  •  SOLAR Installation and commissioning – By  VIELSOLAR
  • Final walk through


The Cost of Solar

  • For starters, what’s the right metric for the cost of solar?  The installed cost for residential solar ($6.40 in 2011), or commercial solar ($5.20), or utility-scale solar ($3.75)?  Even if we pick one of these, it’s difficult to compare apples to apples, because grid electricity is priced in dollars per kilowatt-hour of electricity, not dollars per Watt.

    Enter “levelized cost,” or the cost of a solar PV array averaged over a number of years of production.  For example, a 1-kilowatt (kW) solar array installed in Minneapolis for $6.40 per Watt costs $6,400.  Over 25 years, we can expect that system to produce about 30,000 kilowatt-hours (kWh), so the “simple levelized cost” is $6,400 divided by 30,000, or about $0.21 per kWh.

    But people usually borrow money, and pay interest, to install solar power.  And there are some maintenance costs over those 25 years.  And we also use a “discount rate” that puts heavier weight on dollars spent or earned today compared to those earned 20 years from now.  A 1-kW solar array that is 80% paid for by borrowing at 5% interest, with maintenance costs of about $65 per year, and discounted at 5% per year will have a levelized cost of around $0.37.

    That means that “solar grid parity” for this 1-kW solar array happens if the grid electricity price is $0.37 per kWh.  But this calculation is location specific.

    In Los Angeles, that same 1-kW system produces 35,000 kWh over 25 years, lowering the levelized cost to $0.31.  The time frame also matters.

    If we only look back at the Minneapolis project with a levelized cost of $0.37, but instead look at the output over 20 years instead of 25 years, it increases the levelized cost to $0.43, because we have fewer kWh of electricity over which to divide our initial cost.

    We choose 25 years because solar PV panels have a good chance of producing for that long. (Though, some argue that the life span used should be at least 30 years.)

    We also use a lower installed cost than the U.S. average.  Residential solar projects may average $6.40 per Watt, but there are some good examples of aggregate purchase residential solar projects costing $4.40 per Watt.  The levelized cost of solar at $4.40 per Watt in Minneapolis is $0.25; in Los Angeles it is $0.21.

The Grid Price

  • Utilities like to compare new electricity production to their existing fleet, which means comparing new solar power projects to long-ago-paid-off (amortized) coal and nuclear power plants that can produce electricity for 3-4 cents per kWh.  But this is apples to oranges, because utilities can’t get any new electricity for that price, from any source.

    A more appropriate measure of the grid price is the marginal cost for a utility of getting wholesale power from a new power plant.  In California, this is called the “market price referent” and it’s around 12 cents per kWh.  The figure varies from state to state.

    But, while the market price referent provides a reasonable comparison for the cost of utility-scale solar, it’s not the number that matters for solar installed on rooftops or near buildings.  In those cases, the power is used “behind the meter,” and depending on the type of state policy for net metering, the customer can essentially spin their electric meter backward when their solar panels produce electricity.  That means that solar power is really competing against the energy cost on a utility bill, known as the “retail price.”

                 

Take into account your inverter will probably need to be replaced between  yr 17-25 today's cost of about 4-5 thousand dollars. other than that there is not much maintenance

  • YOU ARE IN ESSENCE SECURING A BLOCK OF ELECTRICITY FOR THE NEXT 25 YRS FOR $0.09/KWHRS
  • YOU HAVE TO REMEMBER THAT THESE SYSTEMS CAN PRODUCT ENERGY FOR  WELL OVER 40YRS 
  • AND THE GRID PRICE WILL RISE IN THE NEXT 25YRS

  Not everyone can take this long-term view but certainly municipalities and school boards who know they are going to be around for 20 years can, so they will likely be the initial adopters of solar and will help to kick start the local industry.”