Frequently Asked Questions

What is the efficiency of a solar PV system in Ontario?

RET_Screen_Climate_Data_HuntsvilleA Photovoltaic system operates by collecting sunlight, both direct and diffused. The Efficiency of a “system” is considered as being the power it can generated, (in rated peak Kilowatts), in a given amount of space. When a photovoltaic system is installed on a rooftop or ground mount, the electrical energy yield will vary depending on numerous factors including ambient and solar cell temperature, tilt angle, ventilation, shading from obstructions, and geographical location. Based on figures from Natural Resources Canada the amount of average daily solar radiation (hours) available for the Toronto area is 2.8 hours per day. In Muskoka the average rises to 3.55 hours per day over the course of a calendar year.

The above graph shows that in winter months the amount of power generated is less compared to summer months. The average is for the entire year. Careful project design is imperative in order to attain optimum operational efficiency.

How long will it take to install a system?

Based on the size of the solar system (in kW), it may take anywhere from 1-2 days to few weeks. A typical installation for a home would be 1-2 days. Larger projects like commercial plazas or industrial buildings will take about 7 to 10 days.

What size system can fit on my roof?

This would depend on what you would want to spend and the best placement for a good return on investment.  Not all roof space is suitable for installing solar systems. However, an average solar module is 3’x5′ in size and a typical Ontario home can take about 5 to 15 modules based on the sun-facing roof orientation. This should be the space required for solar PV installation.

What is the Warranty is provided with the installation?

With the equipment, there is a specified warranty.  All manufactures offer 10 to 25 years.  Greenside Electric offers a 1-year warranty on installation. We also offer a Maintenance Package where our clients can decide to enter into an annual maintenance contract depending upon the size of the system installed. Contact us for more information regarding our Maintenance programs.

Do I have to keep the solar module/panel clear of snow in the winter?

The angle in which we install your system in Muskoka makes it capable of shedding snow in direct sunlight.

How to verify the power output generated by the system?

There are programs available to monitor the system output.  A typical system using inverters will come with web-based monitoring units allowing monitoring on a daily, weekly, monthly or yearly basis. You can track your output from any computer. Nowadays, many of the systems do have built in monitoring features, including Co2 reduction.

What if the system breaks down or stops generating power?

Both panels and inverters come with a “manufacturer’s warranty” ranging from 10 to 25 years.  In the unlikely case that a system does stop working, we will come on site to see what the issue is and have it corrected.[/section]

What size of system (in kW) can be installed for my rooftop or the yard?

A Greenside Electric sales associate will conduct an on site assessment to determine the most suitable system for your home or business. Our goal is to ensure the best rate of return on your solar investment. You can fill out our online form under the Contact Us page, which will help us determine your needs.

Where do we work?

We service all of Muskoka including: Huntsville, Bracebridge, Gravenhurst, Parry Sound, Dwight, Dorset, Lake of Bays, Burks Falls