Saturday, 22 April 2017

A sale in Chase BC

A big congratulations to our sales team in Kamloops. They sold a beautiful, high powered solar array made of a whopping 48 modules to a new client in Chase BC. This array uses 72 cell, 315 Watt modules coupled with Enphase M250 micro-inverters. It will be spread across two barn roofs. 




This is how solar works in Kamloops

Our new solar arrays in Kamloops are performing extremely well. Here are some diagnostics from an array with 16 modules from today. This array generated close to 30 kWh with around 1.9 kWh/module. To put that in perspective, 30 kWh is enough to drive an electric car 180km, to run 15 computers for 24 hours straight, or to keep lit 20 60 Watt light bulbs running for 24 hours. OR to power the average BC house for the day with everything.




Monday, 17 April 2017

Earth Day (April 22): Learn how to make and use solar cookers

Michael from Sweet Spot Solar is working with a team of volunteers to hold a special solar cooking workshop on Earth Day. This event is being held under the auspices of the Kamloops Chapter of the BC Sustainable Energy Association. To learn more and to register click here.

Talk on solar power in Kamloops on April 19, 2017

Michael from Sweet Spot Solar will be be a speaker at the Big Little Science Centre in Kamloops this Wednesday at 7PM.

Science Centre Lecture Series at the BIG Little Science Centre, free entry
Doors open at 6:30pm, lecture at 7pm. For older children and adults. Refreshments served.
Solar Power in the 21st Century: Roads, Planes, Buildings and Fields

Dr. Michael Mehta, Department of Geography and Environmental Studies at Thompson Rivers University

Dr. Mehta will review the current state of solar power, discuss various applications, and profile Canada’s first solar road which is being built here in Kamloops on the campus of TRU. In British Columbia we have very good solar conditions, and in the interior our 2000 hours per year of sunlight surpass solar powerhouse nations, like Germany, by 25%. Many people are surprised to learn that even coastal communities like Vancouver and Vancouver Island do indeed work well with solar. Solar power is changing the world of energy production, and people and governments are beginning to take notice.

FREE ENTRY! Everyone is invited to attend. Wheelchair accessible. The BIG Little Science Centre is a not-for-profit, registered charity, dedicated to creating a passion for science.

For more information please contact Susan Hammond: susan@blscs.org, or call 250-554-2572.

Sunday, 16 April 2017

Partial and full DIY options work for us too

A new record low in installed solar made possible by Sweet Spot Solar. By doing some of the work themselves, this family saved around $2000 on the installation. The total cost they paid was $11,100. This works out to a new Sweet Spot Solar record of $2.48/Watt installed!



Saturday, 15 April 2017

Sarah and Tim's new array in the North Shore area of Kamloops

Sarah and Tim finished installing their roof-mounted solar array this weekend. This powerhouse is composed of 16 280 Watt monocrystalline modules made by Canadian Solar coupled with Enphase M-250 micro-inverters.

They did most of the installation themselves and brought in one of our recommended electricians to make the final interconnection to their breaker box and to bond the rails and equipment.

Here's the happy team and their new array.



Monday, 10 April 2017

New Sweet Spot Solar ad

The following ad is appearing in Kamloops This Week on April 11, 2017.


Sunday, 9 April 2017

Solar modules can be gorgeous

Solar modules like this beauty from Canadian manufacturer Silfab can be a stunning and a functional addition to any home or business. This module is a bifacial rated at 285 Watts - it makes power on both sides by taking advantage of the albedo effect. To us, this module looks like a carefully cut and polished jewel. It will adorn our big tracker in Black Pines near Kamloops. You are looking at the underside.



An all-female electrical crew on our Kamloops tracker project and another array coming together

It's been a very busy weekend for Sweet Spot Solar projects. Electrician Amie Schellenberg and her assistant Jenn got done today wiring and breaker panel work for our big tracker project in Black Pines, and our client Tim and Sarah have the rail kit up and ready for module installation.





Saturday, 8 April 2017

Another new solar array in Kamloops

A new grid-tie solar array composed of 14 Canadian Solar 280 Watt monocrystalline modules and Enphase M-250 micro-inverters has been installed in the Westsyde area of Kamloops!


Friday, 7 April 2017

A slick new solar array graces the roof of this house in Rayleigh in Kamloops

Here's our newest solar array in Rayleigh (on the outskirts of Kamloops). This array is composed of 16 Canadian Solar 280 Watt black framed modules and Enphase M-250 micro-inverters.





Here's the owner Ken in the middle with Michael (left) and electrician Steve (right).



Wednesday, 5 April 2017

Dual Axis Tracker Project in Kamloops

Updated: July 23, 2017

The largest dual axis solar tracker is being installed in the Kamloops region right now. This tracker will follow the Sun throughout the day and change tilt to maximize power production. A dual axis tracker can produce 40% more electricity per year than a static or fixed array. This is what are we building. It is made in Ontario by Sentinel Solar and goes by the name Sentry.




This tracker will hold 45 Silfab 280 Watt bifacial modules. These modules are made in Canada. Bifacial modules are semi-transparent and capture solar energy on the flip side too by taking advantage of the albedo effect. The nameplate rating is 12.6 kW. The array uses high-efficiency micro-inverters made by Enphase.

The project is being installed on Westsyde Road in Black Pines. It is big! Here's the truck that delivered the equipment on Monday.


The foundation work is also massive and composed of concrete and lots of rebar. Engineering of the foundation was required. This photo will give you an idea of how this tracker will be fastened onto the ground.


We estimate that this tracker will make over 25,000 kWh/year of power. To get all of that juice to the house of our client, serious wire is needed.


Assembly of the tower and supports will start soon, and a video of the process can be seen here.


The foundation work has now been poured.



Amie Schellenberg and her husband Ryan of Lodgepole Electrical finished mounting today the 45 Silfab bifacial modules and micro-inverters onto our big dual axis tracker project in Black Pines BC. A crane will lift this onto the base as one piece.



The modules and inverters are now wired and the tracker is ready for the big crane lift.



Sweet Spot Solar CEO Michael and electrician Amie Schellenberg were on-site today.





Here's what the tracker looks like when mounted. A few more adjustments are needed and some fine tuning of the communications system and this baby will begin making power.







This tracker is a powerhouse! For example, by 11:15AM on July 23 it had already produced more than 30 kWh for the day which is enough to power an average house for an entire day.



Monday, 3 April 2017

More on solar roads and "smart" infrastructure

Michael from Sweet Spot Solar is a guest this morning at 6:35AM on CBC's Daybreak South show with Chris Walker in Kelowna. He'll be talking about Canada's first solar road and "smart" infrastructure. http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/programs/daybreaksouth