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Solar Incentive Programs for Homeowners in Ontario

Today you can be part of Ontario’s growing green energy movement by participating in one of the 3 programs:

MicroFIT/FIT, under which you can benefit from Ontario Government Incentives by installing solar panels, generating electricity, and selling it back to the grid for a guaranteed price;

Net Metering, which allows you to reduce your hydro bill by exporting generated electricity back to the utility grid for a credit against energy consumed;

Go Offgrid, and generate electricity for your own independent consumption. You would charge heavy duty batteries with your solar panels during the day, and run your critical loads in the house whenever it is required.


If you are a homeowner, farmer or small business owner, you have the opportunity to develop a very small or “micro” renewable electricity generation project (10 kilowatts or less in size) on your property. Click on this video to see how it works:

Under the microFIT Program you will be paid a guaranteed price for all the electricity your solar array produces for at least 20 years. At the current 2016 Feed-In-Tariff rate of 29.4 cents per kWh, you can expect to make anywhere between $3500 to $4000 a year. With a $30’000 initial investment you are looking at 11%-12% rate of return, and 8-9 years payback period.


Net Metering is another type of renewable energy program in Ontario which allows customers reduce their hydro bill by exporting generated electricity back to the utility grid for a credit against energy consumed.

You are eligible to participate in the program as long as you are generating electricity primarily for your own use; using a renewable energy source (solar, wind, hydro, bio); limiting your solar system size to 500 kW; and conveying generated electricity to your consumption point without reliance on the utility’s distribution system.

Net Metering For Small Generators

How will it be calculated on your hydro bill?
The value of the amount of eligible electricity generated and returned into the Local Utility Company’s grid will be deducted from the value of the amount of electricity you consumed from the system. If the result is positive, you will receive an adjustment on your monthly (or bi-monthly) hydro bill. If the result is negative (meaning you’ve exported more energy than you’ve consumed), you will receive a credit which will be carried over into your next billing period. Important!!! Excess energy credits from previous billing cycles can be carried-over up to a maximum of 10 (ten) months.

OffGrid Solar System

If you are tired of paying your hydro company big bucks, you may wish to install an off grid system (or stand-alone) system. It is a type of solar photovoltaic system that operates autonomously, generates power, and supplies it to electrical loads independently of the local utility company. If you own a cottage or live in a remote area with no electric poles around, installing an offgrid system might also be the only way to bring power to your place.

OffGrid Solar System

Here are the main components of a typical OffGrid Solar panels system:

  • Solar panels array (strings of solar modules connected in series and/or in parallel)
  • PV charge controller (a device that regulates battery bank charge by controlling the charging voltage and/or current)
  • Battery bank (a set of batteries connected to each other to provide required voltage and capacity)
  • Inverter (a device that converts DC power coming from the solar array to AC power used in-house)
  • Loads (a piece(s) of equipment that consumes electricity)

If you are still unsure what type of system would work for you best, get in touch with your local solar panels installers by visiting website. You’d be able to find out how much solar panels cost, what’s required to submit an application, get permits and approvals, and receive free quotes for you solar panels installation.

Top 12 Ways to Keep Your Home Cooler in Long Beach

AMECO Solar - Top 12 Ways to Stay Cool

By Alex Deeter,

How to Save on Your Electricity Bill NOW

This August was a very warm month for California. Did you know that it was the hottest August Earth has ever recorded? These hot months unfortunately contribute to much higher electricity bills. Luckily, having gone solar, hot days don’t have as drastic an effect. With the hottest days on record however, everyone’s electricity bills went up. Unfortunately, utilities limited the size of your solar system to your previous annual use. When you use more, the utility will charge you accordingly.

Southern California Edison redesigned rates to eliminate the top tier. Edison announced this summer that rates were increasing 8% for homes. That’s the average increase however, and the energy conscious are getting a worse deal. Customers who stay within the tier one and two will see those rates increase 12% and 17%, respectively.

Envision Solar Awarded 2016 Best Product of the Year in the Energy Industry Innovations Category from Golden Bridge Awards


Envision Solar International, Inc., (OTCQB: EVSI) (“Envision Solar,” or the “Company”), the leading renewable energy, media and branding and EV charging product company, announced today that its EV ARC™ product was named Best Product of the Year in the 8th Annual Golden Bridge Awards in the Energy Industry Innovations category. The Awards Ceremony is taking place in San Francisco on September 12, 2016.

Sunflare Announces New Thin-Film Solar Capability

Sunflare Solar Panel Twist

Unique manufacturing process perfects CIGS, revolutionizes solar energy industry

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory declared in a recent report that due to tax credit extensions, the United States is projected to add 53 additional gigawatts of renewable energy capacity by the year 2020. The U.S. Energy Information Administration expects solar to achieve the greatest increases, adding 9.5 gigawatts of utility-scale solar in 2016. This sets the stage for Sunflare, a new and highly innovative entrant in the solar industry. Sunflare is the first company to successfully mass produce flexible, light, affordable CIGS solar panels. Sunflare has totally reengineered the manufacturing of CIGS panels with its Capture4 technology.

Nation’s Largest Sun-Dried Tomato Producer Now All In On Solar


Traina Foods’, the nations largest producer of Sun Dried Tomatoes, has recently transitioned their reprocessing facility in Patterson, California over to solar power. This sunny endeavor has taken nearly five months to complete with the help of Kurios Energy and will now produce 524,312 kWh/year (kilowatt hours) offsetting current energy costs by 77%.

“Our state-of-the-art reprocessing facility is now 100% operated on solar power. Since we utilize the sun to dry our fresh products it was an easy decision to utilize it in our reprocessing facility as well. Now we are able process tens of millions of fresh and dry fruits with a minimal amount of electricity. In the long term it was a financially prudent move along with being environmentally sensitive,” said Chief Executive Officer of Traina Foods, Willie Traina.

“We have a centuries old way of producing our fruit using only the sun, and this transition to solar repacking allows us to continue harnessing the sun’s power in a global marketplace,” added Traina.

About Traina Foods
From its family ranch in California’s Central Valley, Traina Foods grows, sun dries and packs premium dried fruit products for industrial food ingredient and food-service customers around the world, and for their own line of retail products including the only sun dried tomato ketchups on the market today.

Combining over 100 years of experience and family tradition with the most advanced state of the art technology and quality assurance program is Traina Food’s recipe for premium products. For more information visit


Introducing Sprint – Our 60 Cell Lightweight PV System

Sprint is a superior, high efficiency, lightweight PV solar panel with an integrated racking system, designed specifically for use on commercial rooftops. Sprint can be installed on many commercial roofs that can’t support the weight of conventional solar systems. The installation process for Sprint is up to five times faster than conventional solar panels. In addition, if any repairs need to be made to the roof, or the solar system needs to be moved for any other reason, the panels are easy to remove and reinstall.

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Sunstock Solar Festival Mixing Solar Power with Music and Art


Sunstock Solar Festival is the first completely solar-powered event of its kind and is lighting the way for music and the environment this summer. The festival, which will take place on June 18 at the Autry in Griffith Park, is the first solar powered event of its kind. The event will feature some of the hottest local bands, but it’s also for a good cause. Sunstock Solar Festival will benefit Kids Cancer Connection, a local charity, and help create awareness for alternative energy sources and eco-friendly practices in the music industry.

“Music has a way of uplifting, re-energizing and inspiring people. If we can create a positive experience that is also pointed towards a cause and a purpose, we can be more effective and we can be re-energized,” said Sunstock Founder, Skylar Funk. “We come together not just to party and listen to music, but because we know that there has to be a change and we want to be part of the solution. “People can come get involved with these non-profits, or even if they just buy a ticket, they are supporting a good cause,” he added.

Sunstock Solar Festival will run all evening, entirely on solar energy, creating a brilliant atmosphere to enjoy great music and celebrate with the community. Funk and his band Trapdoor Social started doing solar-powered concerts in 2015 and are creating Sunstock Solar Festival in order to celebrate solar as a solution, create a positive space for the sustainability movement to come together, and curate great art and music for the Los Angeles community. The festival, which is produced in collaboration with Odd Nights at the Autry, is open to all ages and will include visual artists, activities for kids, food trucks, a 21+ bar and vendors from the area’s craft culture. All proceeds from the event will help fund a solar roof installed by Sunstock partner, GRID Alternatives, for Kids Cancer Connection.

With an over-arching goal of uniting the community around sustainable solutions, Sunstock Solar Festival has teamed up with local and national organizations working to reduce our country’s carbon footprint and protect the health of future generations. Partners include the longstanding environmental grassroots organization Sierra Club, as well as Food & Water Watch, SoCal 350, Courage Campaign, GRID Alternatives, Climate Hawks Vote, and Eastside Sol.

Sunstock’s musical lineup will include top indie and alternative acts from around the region. Early bird tickets are now available through Eventbrite for $15.00. The festival will be located in a secluded corner of Griffith Park at the Autry Museum of the American West, 4700 Western Heritage Way. A bike valet and plenty of free parking will be available in the Los Angeles Zoo parking lot.

About Sunstock Solar Festival:
Doors open at 4PM and music goes live at 5PM. Visit for updated information on the lineup and amenities. For more information on Sunstock Founder, Skylar Funk and band Trapdoor Social, visit