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New FIT and MicroFIT price schedule:

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Domestic content requirements have been reduced such that the only requirement is for an Ontario company to do your installation. Naturally, we'd like that to be Generation Solar! As a result of these lower domestic content requirements, system costs have come down, thereby preserving the return on investment at the new price schedule rates.

So give us a call and we can discuss a solar project for your home or business.

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The OPA has a 50MW procurement target that is rapidly filling up. By the end of May we expect the capacity to be allocated, and the MicroFIT rate (the price paid for your power) will drop again, probably by about 10 to 15%. Call us today to get your MicroFIT application started.

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MicroFIT 2.0 defines the 'nameplate capacity' as the larger of inverter size or array size. in other words, both your inverter and your PV array must be less than or equal to 10kW (=10,000W). Unfortunately, and strangely, this decision seems to have been made without the benefit of PV design experience.

Most contractors and system designers will be trying to hit exactly 10kW of array size (for systems unconstrained by roof area). This looks good on paper, but may result in poor system performance over the system's lifetime.

Common PV module sizing includes 250W modules, so 40 x 250W = 10kW quite nicely. Arrays with 40 modules (regardless of module size) will be designed in 4 strings of 10 modules. However, for most grid-tied inverters strings of 10 will result in poor hot weather performance, a problem that will get worse as the modules age. Such a system could spend a significant portion of each hot day not producing at all, as the array cannot sufficiently drive the inverter. (Just think of this past July: hot and sunny.)

Strings of 11, 12, or 13 are a much better design and that's what we use in our designs. So a system based on 44 x 225W modules = 9.9kW is a more robust design than 40 x 250W = 10kW. Similarly, 39 x 250W = 9.75kW is more robust than 40 x 250W, even though it's 250W smaller. In fact, strings of 13 represent the best design, maximizing system efficiency and prolonging inverter life.

String sizing issues can be eliminated all together by using micro-inverters. Whether or not micro-inverters are worth their premium price will depend on your site details.

Overall preferred system design will be based on your site. Call us to set up a site assessment and we can recommend a system design for you!

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When constructing its new building in downtown Peterborough, the YWCA of Peterborough, Victoria, and Haliburton decided to incorporate a number of green features, including a 10kW roof mounted solar electric system.

The Y and its architect turned to Generation Solar for advice on how to best incorporate the solar array into the new structure. We recommended the use of standing seam metal roof so as to permit a penetration-free roof-top installation and the idea was endorsed by the Y's building committee.

The finished installation made use of standing seam roof anchors by S-5! installed on each and every roof seam. The roofing installation itself was reinforced to accommodate the solar array based on design work by Generation Solar. Wiring was slipped up under the roof cap for a completely penetration-free installation, ensuring that, for the life of the roof, there will be no leaks associated with the solar installation.

The installation was complicated by the proximity to the sidewalk -- we knew we would need to work on the sidewalk, so we secured a permit to close the sidewalk. The articulated boom we used for roof access caused some depressions in the recently landscaped boulevard, so we regraded and resodded once we were finished.

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The Kelly Residence is a classic case of perseverance and performance. It's a 9.66kW high efficiency squeeze that started in the Spring of 2009.

Brian and Lynne Kelly first contacted us shortly after the initial microFIT announcement in March 2009. They liked what they were hearing about the Green Energy Act and Feed in Tariffs for solar electricity production. The Kelly's wanted to take part with a 10kW system on the roof of an addition to the family's home. We kept in touch through the turbulent beginnings of the program and regularly sent each other updates when we heard new information.

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I had the roof measurements and knew it was going to be a tight fit for 10kW, but as new modules with different dimensions and efficiencies became available I sized them up for suitability.

When the program officially became available in October 2009, Brian was one of the first to get his contract application in and Generation Solar had become authorized to install the uber efficient and highly coveted Sunpower line of modules. The Sunpower 230W panel was a perfect fit. With its 18.5% module efficiency we were able to hit 9.66kW - a power density of over 180Watts/square metre!

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Brian and Lynne Kelly's contract came through in the spring of 2010. In June, the family was hosting a family re-union weekend with 300 guests. The goal was to get this system connected in time for the re-union.

The Kelly home is beautiful. It's a delightfully crafted old one-room schoolhouse converted to a home in rural Peterborough with very well manicured gardens. Brian warned me, with a fearful husband's smile, that Lynn's gardens were not to be disturbed!

We set to work in May. We used a 51' articulated aerial boom to access the 2nd storey 12:12 pitch steel roof and light feet to minimize our impact on the gardens. We had the complete system up in just over a week. After passing electrical inspection, the connection authorization was issued to the utility. With 2 days to spare before the family re-union weekend the system was connected and commissioned - and not a single guest complained about the gardens!

It has been a great pleasure working with you, the project has gone very smoothly. We are very pleased and we look forward to continuing our relationship with you over the next 20 years as we generate power.
I was a great relief to find Generation Solar, after having numerous unpleasant dealings with my initial installer. Their responsiveness and professionalism were top notch. They represented me in dealings with my equipment manufacturer over a warranty issue and produced results that I don't feel I could have on my own. Most importantly, they did what they said they would and kept me informed every step of the way. I would not hesitate recommending Generation Solar and look forward to a continued relationship with them.
I just wanted to let you know how pleased we are with the system you and your team installed. Things have been running great. Checking the inverter for the daily output has been part of my routine, and I enjoy counting the kW. Thanks so much for all the work, professionalism and guidance on this project. You and your team are great.
Wanted you to know that Jackson and Geordie were Amazing and very helpful, hard working in the heat. They did an Awesome job and were very tidy, a hot weather bonus is probably in order though they did say they love working for you.

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