Generate your own solar electricity and save money on your electrical utility bills. SaskPower offers a net metering program which gives you credit for extra electricity you produce and feed back to the utility.
A grid-tied solar power system with a net metering program is an excellent investment with an average rate of return around 10%.
Saskatchewan has a 20% rebate, available until November 30, 2018, for the capital costs of a solar power system.
How Net Metering Works
With a net metering program, solar power systems are designed to reduce your power bills by producing close to the same amount of electricity as you use. It offers many benefits such as maintenance free operation, credit for extra power you produce and banking credits so you have “seasonal storage” for your solar energy.
You can find out how much electricity you use by looking at your power bills. Find the current and previous meter readings – the difference will be the amount of electricity you have used during this period.
The number of solar panels you will need depends how much electricity you use and on the amount of sunshine you receive in your area. For example, a 5 kW solar power system will produce an average of about 700 kWh per month in central Saskatchewan, Canada.
Our solar power systems include internet monitoring that shows what your solar array is producing at any time, as well as overall production per day, per week, per month and since the system was installed. The webpage will also show what this means in terms of the environment.
This screenshot shows per panel monitoring for the system in the photo above. The numbers on each panel can show what it is producing right now or how much energy, in kWh, it has produced for any period since it was installed.
Your monitoring display also shows a broad overview of the solar production and environmental benefits in an easy to read format. Take a look at the example below for the Solar Co-op system installed on the Two Twenty building in Saskatoon..
Commercial Rooftop Solar Array in downtown Saskatoon
Watch Time lapse Video of Solar Installation – Click Graph to see Live Monitoring
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