A week after starting the installation of a 24,000 Wp ground-mounted solar array, we finished the mechanical part of the installation.

24,000 Wp ground-mounted solar array
24,000 Wp ground-mounted solar array

The 60 LG400N2W-V5 High-Efficiency LG NeON® 2 solar panels are mounted on 4 Titan Lite 3L72 racks.

24,000 Wp ground-mounted solar array

LG guarantees the LG400N2W-V5 High-Efficiency LG NeON® 2 solar panels will produce no less than 89.6% of their nameplate power output after 25 years.

24,000 Wp ground-mounted solar array

Apart from a stellar 25-year production warranty, LG also provides an industry-leading 25-year product warranty, which is among the top of industry standards.

12,000 Wp ground-mounted solar array

In combination with the Enphase IQ 7+ micro-inverters – who also come with a solid 25-year product warranty – the customer does not have to worry about his solar array for the next 25 years.

4 Titan Lite 3L72 racks installed

Because solar arrays last for 30-35 years and require hardly any maintenance – cleaning the solar panels once or twice a year is preferred – investing in a solar array is a very safe investment. It will make you untouchable for all the hikes in electricity rates to come and will provide free, clean energy for 30-35 years.

Putting up 4 Titan Lite 3L72 racks

Solar energy is produced close to where it is needed without any loss of power through the grid.

Putting up 4 Titan Lite 3L72 racks

Solar energy will also provide us with greater grid security, especially in terms of natural or human-caused disasters.

Putting up 4 Titan Lite 3L72 racks

Interested in what A+ Solar Solutions can do for you? Call us at +1 250 515 6311 or send us an email at info@aplussolarsolutions.ca

There are many reasons why you should go solar. Saving the environment, increasing property value and more, but did you also know that it can save you money?

The cost of solar keeps falling and the number of installations keeps rising. Whether your motivations for considering going solar are economic, environmental, or personal – solar benefits have something for everyone.

We’ve made a list of these benefits and selected the top 6 reasons why you should switch from traditional electricity to solar power.

1. Reduce utility bills

Utility bills can take up a considerable chunk of your monthly budget. Like it or not, it can sometimes be disheartening to just give money away to utility companies when we know we could do more for less.

Installing solar panels can make you reduce your monthly electricity bill up to 100 percent.

2. Earn from net metering

Speaking of saving, why not push the bar higher and start earning some money from solar power?

Net metering gets you some returns on your investment in solar panels installed on your roof.

Although solar panels require a hefty upfront installation fee, some utility companies pay you to go solar through their net metering program.

The program lets eligible customers with specific generation facilities reduce their net energy costs by exporting surplus generated energy back to the utility distribution system for credit against energy the customer consumes from the distribution system.

3. Protect from energy cost inflation

Economic inflations are not a good sign. Consumers can be in an uncontrollable situation paying for highly-priced goods and services.

What’s worse is that they have no choice and have to pay the costs no matter what or else, they risk a negative impact on their lifestyles. Going solar protects you from unnecessarily inflated electricity rates.

If anything, you can get paid instead of paying to electric companies.

4. Increase property value

Whether you are selling your house or not, installing solar panels on your roof will increase your home value. Research in the US shows a 3.74 percent increase in home value over other non-solar counterparts.

5. Be a good example in society

A high percentage of people want to maintain a sustainable lifestyle but have a hard time starting. You can be an excellent example in society and demonstrate how beneficial it is to have solar panels installed on your roof.

You can start in your local neighbourhood and spread the advantages of using solar energy, and hopefully, others will follow suit.

6. Protect the environment

Using solar energy can protect the environment. Homeowners with installed solar panels mitigate around four tons of carbon emissions annually.

This is a perfect way to reduce your carbon footprint and will benefit you and the environment in the long run.


There are many reasons why homeowners go solar, but saving the environment and cutting energy costs are the most common. Many people are aware that solar is a great home efficiency upgrade and are eager to reduce their carbon footprints while also improving property value.

Thinking about making the switch to solar? Click here to get more information.

Source: PVbuzz

Salmon Arm, July 27, 2019

Installation of the first community-owned solar array Salmon Arm by A+ Solar Solutions

Although the installation of the first community-owned solar array was already finished 3 weeks ago, last Thursday the system was approved by the inspector from Technical Safety BC.

Installation of the first community-owned solar array Salmon Arm by A+ Solar Solutions

Now, we only have to wait for approval from BC Hydro, and First United Church Salmon Arm can start harvesting free solar energy

Installation of the first community-owned solar array Salmon Arm by A+ Solar Solutions

Ensemble is the energy management technology from Enphase that enables solar, storage and the grid to seamlessly work together to ensure clean, reliable, economical and safe energy.

The Ensemble solution has five key components:

  • IQ 8 is the 8th generation of Enphase micros, ensuring reliability from a decade of continuous improvement. This generation provide a cost-effective option for traditional solar, while providing for the potential to upgrade with additional equipment for always on capability.
  • The Encharge Battery is designed to optimize energy generation to save money when tied to the grid and maximize availability during emergency when off-grid capability is enabled.
  • The Enpower switch seamlessly isolates your home for operation during a blackout which lets you keep playing when the grid goes down.
  • The IQ Combiner enables real-time connection of your system to the cloud with the most efficient, effective and reliable communication protocols. The IQ Combiner ensures the longevity of your warranty for the lifetime of your system and allows the installer and Enphase to troubleshoot if needed to provide the best return on your investment.
  • The Enlighten Cloud Software delivers real-time monitoring and insights of solar generation, energy usage, connection to the grid, in addition to battery usage.

This solution will be released in a phased manner. The initial release of the Ensemble solution will become available in limited quantities in select North American cities around Christmas of 2019.

This first release of the Ensemble solution will include the IQ 8 powered Encharge battery for energy storage and the Enpower switch for control. This initial Ensemble solution is designed to be compatible with IQ 6 and IQ 7 systems for either existing or new installs.

Worldwide release in the middle of 2020, will be this same solution, but with the IQ 8 Enphase Microinverter with a second release of the Enpower switch. The goal is to continue providing additional value to our partners and customers with every new Ensemble release. 

Watch this video to see the future of energy.

See our FAQs section for any questions you might have about Ensemble.

Source: Enphase

A+ Solar Solutions installed 20 LG400N2W-V5 High Efficiency LG NeON® 2 modules with Enphase IQ7+ microinverters on Sonya & Ed Ruppel’s house in Salmon Arm.

Installation 8,000 Wp Solar Array in Salmon Arm by A+ Solar Solutions
8,000 Wp Solar Array Sonya & Ed Ruppel

The 20 LG400N2W-V5 High Efficiency LG NeON® 2 modules have a 19.3% efficiency and will produce 8,857 kWh of electricity a year.

Where most manufacturers provide a 10-year product warranty, LG provides a 25-year product warranty on materials and workmanship as well as a 25-year production warranty on their LG400N2W-V5 High Efficiency LG NeON® 2 modules.

LG also guarantees that the LG400N2W-V5 High Efficiency LG NeON® 2 modules will produce no less than 89.6% of their nameplate power output, which makes the LG400N2W-V5 High Efficiency LG NeON® 2 modues one of the best solar panels in today’s market.

Enphase provides an industry-leading warranty of up to 25 years on their Enphase IQ7+ microinverters.

By investing in solar energy, Sonya & Ed Ruppel made a significant step towards a carbon natural environment and creating a sustainable future. Solar energy is free, abundant and does not produce any greenhouse gases.

Investing in solar energy also enabled Sonya & Ed Ruppel to become more self-sufficient and will make them partly untouchable for all the hikes in electricity rates to come.

Special thanks to C.B. Electric, who took care of the electrical part of the installation and did an excelent job.

Recently the company installed solar panels for the First United Church

Joost de Bruijn on the roof of First United
Joost de Bruijn on the roof of First United

Article of Cameron Thomson in the Salmon Arm Observer of June 29, 2019

A new company in Salmon Arm is helping residents reduce their carbon footprint by installing solar panels and providing other solar power related services.

Joost de Bruijn, founder of A+ Solar Solutions, went into business in September 2018. His company provides site surveys, independent advice, designs, sales and project management as well as installation of solar systems to the Shuswap.

De Bruijn is originally from Holland, there he received his masters in building engineering at the University of Technology in Eindhoven in 1989. He visited Canada for the first time in 1994 and knew he had to come back.

“The moment I flew over Canada I fell in love with Canada and it never left, so in 1997 I finally decided to move over to Canada and I lived in Vancouver. Unfortunately, I had to go back to Holland for a few years but I always said, ‘I’m going back to Canada.”

During another visit to Canada in 2015, de Bruijn went on a camping trip with his mother to Trout Lake where he met his wife. Soon after he came back to Canada for good and settled in Salmon Arm. After coming to Salmon Arm he noticed that, not only were his surroundings different, but the prominence of solar power was as well.

“I noticed you don’t see a lot of solar over here and in Europe it is quite common, so I started looking into it,” de Bruijn said. “In Europe energy is very expensive, it’s three times more expensive than in B.C. so that was the real trigger for me and people are becoming more and more aware from climate change.”

De Bruijn also lent his building engineer expertise to the construction of the indoor tennis courts at the Salmon Arm Tennis Club and, through connections, made his company is experiencing a healthy amount of interest.

The Askew Tennis Centre Salmon Arm

“Now after a couple months a lot of people are interested or making a lot of proposals and that’s kind of nice,” de Bruijn said.

In April 2017, he attended a climate change forum held in Salmon Arm. This event introduced de Bruijn to like minded individuals who shared his passion for solar energy. This led to the creation of the Shuswap Solar Energy Society, which was founded the same year. On January 24, 2018, the first General Meeting was held, and de Bruijn was elected to the Board of Directors.

“I am very focused on renewable energy and we do see everywhere in the world that the climate is changing and we have to act right now,” he said. “The climate is not waiting for us so we have to change our behaviour.”

Last Saturday, June 22, 2019, A+ Solar Solutions installed Salmon Arm’s first community-owned solar array on the east-facing roof of the First United Church.

A+ Solar Solutions installed 30 High-Efficiency 400 Wp LG NeON® 2 72-cell modules combined with state of the art Enphase IQ7+ micro-inverters, which will cover 38% of the First United Church’s average annual electricity consumption.

A+ Solar Solutions installation First United Church Salmon Arm

The project is a joined effort between the Shuswap Solar Energy Society and First United and made possible by generous donations and debentures of local supporters of solar energy.

The project will be called the ‘Hugh Tyson Community Solar Array’, honouring the memory of one of the Society’s Directors, who died a year ago.

A+ Solar Solutions installation First United Church Salmon Arm

C.B. Electric will be connecting the array to the grid this week, so First United can start harvesting their free solar energy early next week.

A+ Solar Solutions installation First United Church Salmon Arm

For more information, call/text +1 (250) 515 6311

The first community-owned solar array in Salmon Arm will be built on the east-facing roof of First United Church, also known as Nexus at First.

Growing public concern about climate change and support for clean energy solutions has led to $31,300 being raised in a short time to fund the Shuswap Solar Energy Society’s long-planned community solar array.

The project is being called the ‘Hugh Tyson Community Solar Array’, honouring the memory of one of the Society’s Directors who died a year ago.

The Solar Array is a partnership between the Shuswap Solar Energy Society and First United Church and will be built on the east-facing roof of First United Church. It is expected to provide the church with about 35% of its electricity needs.

Debenture holders will receive an annual return-f-capital payment from the electricity cost savings offset by the solar array. They expect the debentures to be paid off by 2025 or earlier.

The Solar Array is a true community project in that 32 persons have given generously through debenture purchases or donations to help fund it. Having achieved our target, we are ending our fund-raising campaign with thanks.

The Solar Array will be built in mid-June by A+ Solar Solutions

Contemporary Canadian politics surrounding renewable energy has been a divisive topic: should the economy or environment receive priority?

Simply put: the notion that society must choose between environmental preservation and economic prosperity is a false dichotomy.

When analyzing Canada’s past economic growth, it’s clear that the economy overshadows the environment time after time. While Canada prides itself on having a clean environment, the notion of coupling environmental preservation with economic growth is still in its infancy.

Canada’s economy has been described as having transformed from a natural resource-based economy to a service economy, and now to a “knowledge-based economy”. While this is true of urban centers, primary industries operating within rural Canada are still significant economic drivers.

With abundant resources in oil, minerals, ore, timber and fresh water, it’s no surprise that the initial development of Canada’s economy was closely tied to the exploration of natural resources, particularly oil.

With environmental damage reaching critical levels, Canadians are increasingly looking for ways to balance growth and the preservation of the environment.

Pro-fossil coal and fossil fuel advocates have long decried the move to cap Alberta oil sand emissions at 100 megatonnes of emissions annually, as being anti-business and bad for the economy. While outrage as a result of job insecurity and economic anxiety is to be expected, the claims that embracing renewable energy is damaging for the economy are heavily misguided.

Canada’s economic strategy requires significant modification if it is to fulfill the promise of prioritizing both environmental preservation and economic growth. The necessary adaptations, such as bolstering investments to stimulate the renewable energy market, have unfolded at a dismal rate.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has consistently downplayed the scope of the necessary changes as being a mere “transition” phase, where renewable energy will gradually become the primary energy source.

The Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain Pipeline System, or simply the Trans Mountain Pipeline, is a pipeline that carries crude and refined oil from Alberta to the west coast of British Columbia, Canada.
The Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain Pipeline System, or simply the Trans Mountain Pipeline, is a pipeline that carries crude and refined oil from Alberta to the west coast of British Columbia, Canada.

In reality, to comply with a threat as significant and time-sensitive as climate change, Canada requires rapid and massive structural economic change.

Without bold action, Canada cannot fulfill its promise. Canadian’s have long survived broken political promises, but surviving a broken environment is likely to be devastating in all meaning of life. While the public is typically hesitant to support policy changes that are viewed as potential causes of economic turmoil, renewable energy is a safe bet.

The issue surrounding renewable energy lies with the communication of policy—and whether the public has faith in those backing it. The plummeting price of renewable energy, for one, is a good indicator of its increasing viability.

Current projections expect renewables to be equal to or cheaper than fossil fuels by 2020, significantly earlier than previous projections expected. Not only will this equate to large job growth and a healthier environment, but it will also translate into lower electricity bills for consumers.

 Green jobs are changing the energy market, and green technologies are reshaping how the energy sector does business, recruitment, and training (Stock Image)
Green jobs are changing the energy market, and green technologies are reshaping how the energy sector does business, recruitment, and training (Stock Image)

While this is irrefutably good news in the fight against climate change, it may actually be good news for Canada’s energy sector, and the overall economy as well.

Canada’s economy posted a 0.4 percent expansion in the last quarter of 2018, the weakest quarterly growth since mid-2016. This slow down was also accompanied by a reduction in household consumption spending.

Currently, Canada’s economy looks to be slowing down. The good news is that renewable energy has the potential to resuscitate significant growth. A quick comparison between jobs created as a result of fossil fuel investments and renewable energy investments paint a clear picture. Renewable energy has more to offer to the Canadian economy.

Per one million dollars invested in fossil fuel infrastructure, an estimated 2.65 full-time jobs are created. This is far short of the 7.49 full-time jobs created from an investment of one million dollars in renewable energy. With an employment ratio of nearly 3-1, renewable energy puts up a strong economic argument for embracing the transition away from fossil fuels.

Simply put: the notion that society must choose between environmental preservation and economic prosperity is a false dichotomy. Thanks to the world’s expansive knowledge in the field of sustainability, co-existence between the two have never been easier to achieve.

Changing the narrative

With renewable energy market proving to be an expansive and tantalizing job market, calls for a rapid response to climate change should take advantage. Canada not only serves to gain a host of social and environmental benefits, such as a healthier aggregate population and eco-systems but also economic benefits by providing new investment, employment and manufacturing opportunities.

While there is strong public support for climate action and other environmental initiatives, the economy is still the dominant factor in the minds of voters. By breaking down the false dichotomy that is the environment vs the economy, economic growth can be used to strengthen the argument for renewable energy.

Workers install a solar panel at the SunEdison Newboro 1 Solar Project (Dave Chan for The Globe and Mail)
Workers install a solar panel at the SunEdison Newboro 1 Solar Project
(Dave Chan for The Globe and Mail)

The emerging renewable energy industry has the potential to replicate the kind of economic growth most commonly experienced by the development of large-scale infrastructure projects, such as housing or energy plants. When coupled with a growing job market, renewable energy is setting the stage to provide a myriad of benefits for whichever nation harnesses them soonest.

The jobs associated with renewable energy are also long-term jobs that don’t rely on the volume of a harvesting resource, ensuring greater stability. Wind and solar energy, for example, require technicians for both the installation and maintenance of the renewable infrastructure. This means that those in the field of renewable energy maintenance are provided safe, steady, well-paying jobs.

One constraining factor of renewable energy is the upfront capital cost. The average cost in 2017 to install solar systems ranged from a little over $2,000 per kilowatt (kilowatts are a measure of power capacity) for large-scale systems to almost $3,700 for residential systems. A new natural gas plant might have cost around $1,000/kW. Wind comes in around $1,200 to $1,700/kw.

This has slowed progress, as financial institutions view high upfront costs as “risky,” and subsequently lend money at higher interest rates, making it “more difficult to justify investments”. High upfront costs have also contributed to the rejection of renewable energy projects on the basis of “fiscal responsibility.”

The irony, however, is that renewable energy projects aren’t fiscally irresponsible; rather the continued development of fossil fuel infrastructure is. Not only will climate change cause irreversible environmental damage, but it will also cause significant economic damage to some of Canada’s most volatile industries, like the Maritime fisheries.

Northern Canadian communities are already feeling the economic effects of climate change. As the permafrost that supports the foundations of buildings, roads and other infrastructure projects melts, they become destabilized. The destruction of infrastructure, smaller agricultural yields, damaged fisheries and increased severity of natural disasters makes climate change an economic crisis waiting to happen.

The effects and subsequent costs of climate change aren’t only a concern for the future.
Throughout 2018, Montreal experienced 70 heat-related deaths, British Columbia battled massive wildfires that degraded the air quality to the worst in the world, and two brief thunderstorms caused widespread flooding in downtown Toronto. The Disaster Financial Assistance Arrangement program (DFAA), which offers financial assistance to provinces and territories after natural disasters, averaged an annual payout of 12 million between 1970-1994, 163 million between 1995-2004 and finally an average of 373 million between 2005-2015.

The dramatic growth in costs of environmental, social and economic damage as a result of climate change presents a strong narrative for Canada to aggressively pursue the low carbon economy. While environmental issues are prone to apathy on behalf of the population, primarily focussing communication efforts on the economic costs associated with climate inaction may help win over individuals still on the fence about embracing renewable energy.

Source: PVbuzz

Tesla looks to regain its luster in Solar Energy by slashing prices (The New York Times)

In a bid to regain its status, which it lost last year as the #1 rooftop solar company in the U.S., Tesla is cutting prices of its solar panels by as much as 38 percent below the national average.

The company has started selling solar panels and related equipment less than the national average price by standardizing systems and requiring customers to order them online.

The Verge notes that the company’s popular online configuration tool now lists a 4kW array of panels as costing US$7,980 after a federal tax credit, which works out to just over US$1.99 per watt including installation.

Depending on where customers live, the price per watt could drop as low as US$1.75, which is 38 percent less than the national average of US$2.85, and much less than Tesla charged previously.

Tesla executives said these changes should put to rest concerns that the company, better known for its luxury electric cars, has neglected its residential solar business, reports The New York Times.

Tesla entered the solar market after acquiring SolarCity for US$2.6 billion plus the assumption of another US$3 billion in SolarCity debt back in 2016.

This was a surprise move that sent tremors throughout Wallstreet as investors and industry observers said the company was stretching itself too thin, and may not survive the coming years.

Source: PVbuzz