Edmonton Solar Panels
Solar panels (more accurately solar “modules”) are an increasingly important part of human civilization. We have the potential to generate a majority of our electrical energy silently using totally green, recyclable, renewable methods as this technology expands in use across homes, businesses, fields, lakes and more.
To answer “how do our Edmonton solar panels work” more intricately there is a really fun video below that explains it visually in terms more detailed than “light hits it, magic/science happens, electricity comes out” but basically that’s what happens in the simplest terms.
Solar panels degrade over time but modern solar panels (post 2016 era) of high efficient Monocrystalline types degrade so slightly that many are still in the 90% productive range after 25 years and have a theoretical lifespan of over 200 years! A “useful” life cycle might be more like 60 – 75 years, at which point a solar panel is producing less than 70% of its initial output. So, that should end any worrying about life span. There are systems built in the 1970s still working fine today and the materials are nearly 100% recyclable. They are the “greenest” form of energy generation over their lifecycle, including factoring mining, transportation, cleanup and repair. Warranties of 25 years include a performance guarantee and are standard in the industry among all top tier modules.
Including solar power for electricity in your life is a new but natural evolution, we use solar power in many ways every day. It dries clothes, grows plants, provides warmth (sometimes too much), and is the foundation of every beautiful day people enjoy whether its winter or summer. We see its power in how it fades our paint, burns our feet on hot concrete or decks, blinds us while driving and burns our skin (in moments for some of us it seems). Sunshine is a central part of our existence and it’s only natural that we use it more and more effectively as technology allows us.
Solar panels are manufactured all over the world including in Canada and the USA. There are various grades and qualities but in Canada we generally only find and work with the top level “Tier 1” solar products with consistent ratings and performance characteristics.