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Several types of solar panels are available for generating solar electricity. The term photovoltaic (PV) describes the photo electric process that takes place when sunlight interacts with the photo sensitive materials in a panel's PV cells.
When choosing between monocrystalline vs polycrystalline solar panels, despite what many salespeople will tell you, there is nothing really to distinguish between them - except their looks!
Thin-film can be slightly cheaper per kW, but will be at least twice the area, and no-one is 100% sure how much they will degrade in the long term (so get a rock solid performance guarantee!).
There are several options available for Ontario home owners depending on their need.
Direct Current electricity is passed to an inverter which is grid tied. The inverter monitors the alternating current mains supply waveforms and generates electricity that is phase matched. The DC electrical system is attached to the mains via this mechanism. Local generation can be from an environmentally friendly source such as photovoltaic. Individuals can choose to install their own system if an environmentally friendly mains provider is not available in their location.
A micro generation facility can be started with a very small system such as a home wind power generation or photovoltaic (solar cells) generation system.
Grid Tie with Backup Systems
This is to use an off-grid style configuration as a backup system. When there is a power outage, a smaller battery bank will power a limited number of loads. A generator may also be tied into this type of system.
Although they are most common in remote locations without grid service, off-grid solar power systems can work anywhere in Ontario. These systems operate independently from the grid to provide all of a household's electricity. That means no electric bills and no blackouts.
Off-grid systems can be sized to provide power during cloudy periods when the sun doesn't shine. But sizing a system to cover a worst-case scenario, like several cloudy weeks during the winter when there is no available ambient light, can result in a very large, expensive system that will rarely get used to its capacity. To spare your pocketbook, we can size the system moderately. One may consider a generator or hybrid system to get through those occasional sunless stretches.