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Residential Solar Solutions

Solar energy is the cleanest, most abundant, renewable energy source available to offset residential power consumption. For a homeowner, it provides an effective option to decrease the monthly cost of your electrical bill, including protection against rising rates in the future, and can ultimately reduce your carbon footprint.

Solar Photovoltaic

Photovoltaic (PV) systems are used to convert sunlight into electricity. Solar panels, inverters, breakers, and mounting equipment make up a PV system’s main components. Solar panels (modules), the system’s main component, generate power by converting sunlight to direct current electricity. Inverters convert the direct current electricity to alternating current electricity to be used in your home.

Two Main Types of Solar PV Systems

Grid-tied Systems

The PV system feeds alternating current electricity directly to the house when required, as well as the local grid (eg. BC Hydro, Fortis) if needed. Net-metering programs are currently in place that allow any excess electricity generated by the PV system, but not required by the house, to flow back onto the grid to offset any electricity taken from the grid in the past or future.

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Off-Grid Systems

The PV system feeds alternating current electricity directly to the house when required, as well as direct current electricity into batteries for later use. This system operates without any connection to the grid and provides a household’s entire electricity needs, eliminating your electric bill altogether.

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Residential Grid-Tied Solar Electric Systems

  • Rooftop solar panels are the most common and are mounted on your home and/or garage.
  • Solar panels on your home also provide energy independence for your electric cars; electric vehicle charging can be done from your home’s solar power.
  • When your PV system production exceeds your demand, for instance at night or rainy days, the extra electricity is fed immediately to the grid; the bidirectional meter, provided free by the utility, tracks the exported energy and the utility reconciles credits for usage (net metering), which is reflected on your electric bill.

Solar Site Residential Assessment

Prior to any solar electric installation, Rikur Energy provides a detailed and comprehensive solar site assessment, which includes:

  • Accurate measurements are taken of your roof or ground space including locations of plumbing stacks, chimneys, skylights, attic vents, etc.
  • Shading analysis from proposed location for solar (sometimes several points need to be analyzed to determine the best location); this data is used to provide accurate energy production estimates.
  • Discussion with homeowner to determine route of cable from site of solar electric array to location of inverter/mains panel.
  • 3D Modelling software is used to generate a graphic of what your property will look like with a solar system

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Residential Solar Power Installation

  • Initial Estimate

    If high quality satellite images are available, we can provide accurate estimates for system size and energy production for your specific house.

  • Site Assessment

    We execute a site visit to obtain detailed site-specific information required for a solar installation including, detailed roof measurements, electrical capacity of your electrical system, and a shading analysis (if required). For new residential construction, we can design a system from the architectural drawings.

  • System Design & Quote

    We will design a system specific to your roof space, budget, and electricity needs. Rikur Energy provides a design to show your roof’s appearance with solar panels as well as an economic analysis.

  • Permitting and Grid Connection Application

    Rikur Energy takes care of all the permitting required (electrical, building and/or development permits) and the application to inter-connect the system to the grid.

  • Installation & Commissioning

    The Flush Mount system and flat roof Ballast system is installed by our highly trained and experienced installation crews.

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Solar panels installed on a residential building

Fast Facts

  • A typical solar installation on a residential roof is 24-32 PV panels.
  • This number of panels typically generate 7,560 – 10,200 kilowatt-hours (kWh) of electricity over a year.
  • A typical household uses around 12,000 kWh of electricity over a year

Rikur Energy offers complete turnkey solutions for your renewable energy installations on your home, which includes permits and grid connection applications. We will provide preliminary cost estimates, energy production, and an economic analysis specific to your home. Fortunately, there are government incentives for residential solar systems in British Columbia at this time, you can find them here.

Contact Rikur Energy today for a free consultation or to learn more about adding solar to your residential property.

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