Though we think of Vancouver as a rainy city, it does get over 1900 hours of sunshine per year – making solar panels extremely feasible.
Even on rainy or cloudy days the solar panels still produce electricity from the sunlight that is scattered through the clouds. However, the energy from the scattered sunlight is only about 20% of what the solar panel would receive on a sunny day.
Here are some more quick facts on solar panels:
- With no government subsidies or incentives, an on-grid solar panel system for the average home would cost somewhere between $15,000 – $25,000.
- BC Hydro has a “net metering” program that allows you to sell electricity back to the grid.
- Solar panels are designed to last 25 years.
One of the most important things to consider when installing solar panels is the contractor who will be doing the work. This site has some good contractor recommendations for the Vancouver area: http://vancouversolarpanel.ca/