Tuesday, 30 May 2017

Clouds and solar power production

How well do solar arrays work on cloudy days? Today in Kamloops we had a cloudy day with lots of storm activity circling the city. In spite of this, all of our monitored solar arrays managed to produce between 60-70% of optimal output.

Monday, 22 May 2017

A new array in Kamloops

Congratulations to Adrian and Sara for their new array. This array is located in the Lower Sahali neighbourhood of Kamloops.

Adrian provided the following endorsement:
Since moving to Kamloops, a city that boasts a lot of sun, I have been interested in installing solar panels. In February I flew over a massive solar farm in the deserts of Western China and was really impressed by the potential. But it was a recent trip to England (yes, rainy England!) that showed me that progressive people are installing solar panels all over the world on their homes. Working with Sweet Spot Solar was a wonderful experience, right from the home visit for an initial assessment, to the installation, and finally to the moment I saw on my mobile phone app that I was generating my own power. 



It is composed of 15 monocrystalline Silfab 285 Watt modules coupled with Enphase M-250 micro-inverters. This is a very high quality system that will produce approximately 5100 kWh/year.

The array is mounted on rails on their shingle roof and it is split into two sections.


Our installer worked around existing vent stacks to maximize roof coverage and it looks like several more modules can be added in the future.



On it's first full day of operation (May 22, 2017), this array made an impressive 28.9 kWh.




To learn more and to book your own free quote, visit our website at www.sweetspotsolar.com

Saturday, 20 May 2017

Cooking With The Sun - Solar Cooking Workshop Today!

The Sun provides us with free energy every day. Energy to make electricity, and thermal energy to cook with.

Today at our Gabriola Island location between Noon and 3PM we are offering a free solar cooking demonstration. Come and visit us at 733 Berry Point Road where you will see different types of solar cookers in action. You will also have a chance to see the island's first grid-tie solar photovoltaic array and to learn about that technology too.


Friday, 19 May 2017

A barn can be much more than a barn

Why waste a roof when it could be used to make electricity? Here's 32 315 Watt solar modules on the roof of a barn in Chase BC that we did this week. This array is 10.08 kW DC in size and it will make around 12,000kWh/year - enough to more than power the average BC home.


Thursday, 18 May 2017

Hail - You Mean Nothing To Me

How tough are solar modules? 

Tough enough to handle high winds, heavy snow loads, and major hail events. 

Check out the following review of a large (3000 module) array in Denver after a major hail storm involving golf ball sized hail fell. 

Roofs were dented and car windows were destyoed, yet only ONE of the 3000 modules were damaged.




Look up! There might be a new solar array on a roof in your neighbourhood

We started another solar project today in the Lower Sahali neighbourhood of Kamloops. Stay tuned for updates.

This beauty is being made with one of the best solar modules on the market - Silfab 285 Watt monocrystallines and Enphase M-250 micro-inverters.

Sweet Spot Solar's model is simple. We only sell the highest quality equipment at the lowest price possible. Why buy low-quality solar equipment and pay top-dollar when you could be buying premium product for almost the same price (or likely lower)?



Sunday, 14 May 2017

A new solar array in Chase BC

Congratulations Glen and Tralee of Chase BC for their purchase of a 48 module array. This array is composed of 315 Watt Canadian Solar modules and Enphase M250 micro-inverters. One of our recommended installers, Steve Wilford, mounted them over the weekend. We plan to make power tomorrow!



Wednesday, 10 May 2017

Plug And Play Will Make Your Day

Sweet Spot Solar primarily works with Enphase micro-inverters. These high-quality micro-inverters have a conversion efficiency of more than 96%, are plug-and-play for ease of installation and future expandability, and come with an industry-leading 25 year warranty.

They look like this and each solar module has one micro-inverter connected to it. All without batteries and nothing in your house except an extra breaker in your breaker box!


When combined with Canadian Solar 280 Watt monocrystalline modules, or equivalent, you will have a solar array that performs flawlessly with little maintenance.



We are installing a new array on Gabriola Island right now, so feel free to connect with us if you're in the area to see how all of this works first-hand.


Thursday, 4 May 2017

Use the Sun to your full advantage

Sweet Spot Solar is pleased to offer our solar clients the option of adding a high-quality, Canadian-made electric car charger as part of our product line. Since electric vehicles are coming on fast and improving every year, why not add a FLO charger to your home or place of business at the same time you do solar? We can even design and scale your solar array to meet the additional load requirements of an electric vehicle.