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Solar Panels Recommendation System

By Mike Holmes

Mike’s Advice / Exterior Renovation & Landscape Construction

Tuesday, September 15th, 2020 @ 1:00am
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If you have watched my shows, you know that I am a big supporter of technologies and products that are long term solutions for homeowners. I am seeing more and more builders moving towards Net Zero energy homes, and solar power is a big part of that. I think solar energy and home batteriesare smart investments for homeowners.

Solar Energy isn’t a Trend


Nowadays, a dream home has less to do with the fancy finishes and more to do with savings. I love that. Because it means homeowners are smartening up and working with their builders to build better homes. I work with many builders that incorporate solar energy in their builds.

One of my partner builders (Effect Home Builders) recently built an off the grid office in Edmonton. It features some of the latest in green technology and incorporates everything from solar panels to triple pane windows. And it looks good. You can read more about the most energy efficient office in Edmonton here.

RDC Fine Homes with Solar Net Zero_Front Exterior2

RDC Fine Homes are a Holmes Approved Homes builder who believes in forward thinking approach to building and uses solar energy for some of their builds as well.

The Demand for Solar Panels


I recently asked homeowners on Twitter what they would spend their money on if they had 20k. It was exciting for me to see many people respond with “solar panels”. Clearly there is a desire to go off the grid, but many people are intimidated or confused about the process. Here are some common questions people ask me about solar panels:

  • Don’t I need to budget for a new roof as well? No. Most solar projects are retrofitted to existing structures, so don’t think that solar panels are for new builds only. The majority of solar panels are installed on existing homes.
  • How do I know if my roof is a good candidate for solar panels? The best homes for solar panel installation have significant southern exposure and minimal shade, which could also include east-west facing roofs that are clear of tree cover . EnergyPal has developed an online system that identifies the best solar fit for your home. More on EnergyPal below.
  • Will solar panels actually pay off in the long run? Solar panels can harness more energy than you need to power your home. Some municipalities even offer a buyback program for solar energy. Look into rebates and programs offered by your province or state – you never know where it might pay to make upgrades.

I had 40 solar panels installed on my garage. My son Mike Jr also had solar panels installed on his metal roof when he renovated his bungalow. Since then there have been many advances in solar energy and technology, allowing you to reduce your electricity cost and consumption. This is important because it is estimated that in 30 years, we will be using 75% more energy than we currently are. We need to take steps NOW to meet that demand.

Choosing The Right Solar Option


With so many options available for solar panels and so much confusion, EnergyPal have come up with an easy way for homeowners to explore solar power online. I’ve been working with them for a few years now, and they were recently featured in National Geographic.

Considering Solar? Here’s what you need to know about them

EnergyPal has created the industry’s first online solar recommendation system, which brings together all solar resources under one platform.  They launched this tool in 2016, and since then the company has helped over 4,000 customers to date go solar with their proprietary solar recommendation system. They are actually the fastest growing solar company covering both Canada and United States. How many solar panels do I need to install? WIll my roof support solar panels? What sort of solar makes sense? 

Energy Geeks Solar Powered Graphic

Their online platform will guide you.

I asked them to breakdown their online system, read below.

“We established EnergyPal as a response to what we felt was broken in the solar industry – the actual discovery, shopping and purchasing phase of implementing solar into a household,” says Mackie Hilborn, co-founder and CEO of EnergyPal. “By creating a streamlined process and putting it online, customers are able to shop for solar from start to finish, from the comforts of their own home and with the assistance of our experienced EnergyPal Advisor.” As a customer wanting to go solar, you start on EnergyPal’ website to then complete the following steps:

  1. Complete your unique energy profile and identify your solar goals, all without anyone visiting your home
  2. Run EnergyPal’ proprietary matching algorithm to identify the best solar fit for you and your home..
  3. You select your ideal solar option.

This three-step system is imperative in the solar industry as it is not a “one size fits all” installation. Every home has a different set of possibilities, limitations, and regional guidelines to follow. Sifting through these options on your own can be very time consuming, confusing, and may lead to a poor customer experience. The EnergyPal platform solves these problems for you and gives you back time towards things that are more important, such as spending time with family and friends.

At its core, EnergyPal makes it easy for people to join the clean energy revolution, save you time during the solar installation process, and put money back into your pockets. To learn more about EnergyPal, click here.

Advantages of Going Solar


Solar energy is a LONG TERM solution. The cost of energy keeps going up so if you can minimize that cost it’s a smart investment. Here are some other advantages of going solar:

  • Saves you money in the long run
  • You can take advantage of government grants
  • The sun is a renewable energy source
  • Solar panels will likely increase the value of your home
  • Protects against the rising cost of electricity 

To get started on your solar panel recommendation system, head over to the EnergyPal website.

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