Friday, 31 March 2017

Sweet Spot Solar radio ads on Radio NL throughout the month of April

Sweet Spot Solar would like to thank all of our clients and prospective clients for helping us put together two 15 second radio ads to be played on Radio NL. We appreciate your feedback and suggestions on what elements to include. These ads will play throughout the month of April 2017 in Kamloops and the interior of British Columbia.

Ad #1: "It's time to go solar"

Ad #2: "Solarize your future"


Thursday, 30 March 2017

A perfect solar day in March!

Check out this almost perfect solar day from one of our arrays on Gabriola Island. A bell curve is what we like to see, and when a medium-sized residential array produces 45 kWh in one day in March, we are smiling ear-to-ear.



EcoFoot Racking For Flat Roofs

Sweet Spot Solar is excited to offer our clients another low-cost, high-quality option for mounting solar modules on flat roofs. Check out the EcoFoot!

It uses no rails, is quick to assemble, requires less ballast to hold it down, and the shipping cost is lower too. We should probably also say that it costs around 20% less than any other approach.

Here's a nice video showing it all comes together.



Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Sweet Spot Solar is on Radio NL on March 29

Listen to Michael, the owner of Sweet Spot Solar, talk about solar power on the Jim Harrison Show on Radio NL (Kamloops) live at 9:40AM tomorrow (Wednesday). The live stream is at http://www.radionl.com/

If you missed the live show, a podcast can be found here.

Sunday, 26 March 2017

Solar modules can power directly DC fans for ventilation purposes

If you have a greenhouse or other large space and need ventilation, the most cost-effective way is to pair solar modules directly to brushless DC motor fans. There is no need for inverters, batteries, or much else other than some wire to connect together the modules and fans. Here's an example of a 16 inch fan that would work very well with a low-cost 265 Watt solar module.



Wednesday, 22 March 2017

$2.75/W installed cost is a record breaker - A Kamloops project

Sweet Spot Solar has just set a new benchmark that will be very hard for others to beat. A new array being installed in Kamloops is coming together at $2.75/Watt! This 4.6 kW array is roof mounted on shingles, uses monocrystalline 280W modules by Canadian Solar, high-quality Enphase M250 micro-inverters, and an Envoy communications gateway. All of the equipment came in at $10,000 from our sales in January and February, and the installation will be $3000. The industry average in BC is still north of $4/Watt.

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Would you like a solar powered carport to charge an electric car?

Updated April 4, 2017:

Would you like something similar to this to charge your electric car and to provide power to your house? We are looking for clients interested in pioneering this approach with us. Contact Michael by email at michael@sweetspotsolar.com





Solar power and electric vehicles are a match made in heaven. Why not use a solar array to send power into your house and into your car's batteries? You will be driving on sunshine!

Sweet Spot Solar is looking for a client in the Kamloops area who is interested in a novel and mutually beneficial project.

On August 12, 2017, a special night called Hot Nite in the City will be held where people showcase a range of vehicles. A group is putting together a special display of electric cars for this event.

Here's the proposal: If a client would like an electric car charging station powered by solar modules, we will work with you and local carpenters to make something beautiful and functional.

Here's the catch: Before this gets installed at your property, we would like to showcase this charging station at Hot Nites in the City.

Here's the bait: Sweet Spot Solar will sell you the photovoltaic equipment including modules and inverters at-cost!

For more information, contact Michael at michael@sweetspotsolar.com


Monday, 20 March 2017

The Downside Of Solar

Here's the only negative thing about solar. With a large enough solar array, you can neutralize your electricity bill and even create a credit. These graphs are from one of our arrays composed of 18 solar modules on a 2100 square foot house. Since mid-February, this array began to noticeably decrease the daily power consumption. Yesterday the overall consumption for the house was 2 kWh. Note how the solar array created a credit between 10-4 that was applied immediately to reduce the overall daily figure.





Tuesday, 14 March 2017

A power plant installed onto your garage on Gabriola Island

Why have just a garage when you can have a solar power plant? This project used 28 high-output solar modules to produce annually around 10,000 kWh/year of electricity! Here are before and after photos.




Sunday, 12 March 2017

Ad: How Much Does Solar Cost?

The following ad is coming out on Tuesday March 14 2017 in Kamloops This Week.



Help Us Design A 15 Second Radio Commercial

Sweet Spot Solar can you use your help. We are putting together a 15 second radio commercial to be aired throughout the month of April on RadioNL in Kamloops and region. What key message or two should we focus on? Any suggestions for wording, sounds, style and tone would be very much appreciated. We can be reached at info@sweetspotsolar.com

Saturday, 11 March 2017

Solar-Powered Car Charging Station Or Solar Pergola

Sweet Spot Solar tries to push the frontiers of aesthetically-pleasing and functional design. We would love to work with local carpenters and electricians to make something like this for either a solar-powered car charging station or a solar-powered pergola. Let us know if you would like to purchase something like this, and we'll begin the process.


Ground Mounted Solar On A Trailer - The Ultimate In Mobile Grid-Tie

With our highly mobile society, a lot of people raise concerns about not knowing how long they might live in their current home. And for renters the prospect of permanently mounting solar modules on a roof is a poor option. Here's a novel and portable solution that let's you have solar-on-the-go and it can be connected to a grid-tie approach. 
This trailer is carrying 14 solar modules, and with 265 Watt modules you would have a 3.71 kW array that makes 4450 kWh/year. The solar equipment would cost around than $8500 but you would need your own trailer and hire someone to do some simple welding to make the array's frame. A trailer with a bed of 24' will work.




Monday, 6 March 2017

Sweet Spot Solar and the Manitoba Solar Group sign a strategic partnership agreement

March 6, 2017

Sweet Spot Solar is delighted to announce that we have signed a strategic partnership agreement with the Manitoba Solar Group in Winnipeg.

This will allow us to provide high-quality solar photovoltaic equipment into the Manitoba marketplace and to work with the Manitoba Solar Group as our sales agent and installer.

We look forward to helping Manitobans embrace the solar revolution!