Cottage Heating System

This system is installed at a cottage in Kenora Ontario Canada. It uses 6 x 30 (Heat Pipe) S-Power Vacuum Tube Collectors to preheat the domestic hot water, as well as, supplying heat for the space heating system with a boiler as a back-up. This system has two pump stations configuration to maximize performance. The preheated water is stored in two Enerworks Super Solar Combi Tanks with lower (solar) heat exchange coils and 1 Tank with upper (space heating) heat exchange coil. The solar heated water is then feed into the house with a boiler for back-up for cloudy days.   [table id=3 /]

Micro-inverter MicroFIT System

Rooftop obstacles and seasonal shadowing on this customer’s property required a less-conventional approach to maximise their solar at this remote cottage. The intricate layout to avoid the chimney stack and skylights made for the best approach to be using Micro-Inverter technology, allowing for every panel to be a stand alone power producer, compared to every string of panels on a conventionally wired array. This 7.5kW micro-inverter array, connected to the grid in 2015 with a 20 year MicroFIT contract, is optimally set up for peak spring, summer, and fall production, with tilt legs also installed to allow for moderate winter generation with the lower sun angles. The micro-inverters ensure every panel is operating at it’s greatest capabilities. Hindrances from shading or accumulating snowfall on parts of the array allow for electricity to still be generated, as well as a straight forward installation process without requiring excessive wiring, jumper cables, or a centralized indoor inverter.  20150915_152157

Metal Roof Mounted Cabin on the Lake

While building a new island cabin on Lake of the Woods, Kenora, this customer decided to integrate the installation of his solar system right in with the remainder of the building. With the roofers still assembling the other areas, the Raysolar team took to this 50° metal roof to get power up and going at his new property. Combined with a Schneider inverter system and the eight 850Ah batteries, this off grid solar system is fully capable of sustaining the comforts and common electrical usages found in a standard grid-connected house – with the exception of electrical heating! The longevity and reliability of metal roofing make it an increasingly popular option for home and cottage owners looking at upcoming roof replacement, and with modified clamps for standing seem metal roofs, installation of solar panels proves even easier than the standard flashing method of common asphalt shingles. Aside from slightly less traction while traversing the array, the securing and installation process using S5! Clamps allow for a quick and straight forward approach when securing the rails to the metal roof. With ample strength to support the array along with multiple technicians’ weight during the installation process, this simple solution is the way to go for any future metal roofs.  

Roof Mounted MicroFIT System

Like many others after researching viable investments, these customers turned to the Ontario MicroFIT program and secured a 20 year contract for his installed 5kW roof mounted solar system. With excellent southern exposure and roof pitch, a roof installation was a no-brainer. Running the wires down into their car port along with an outdoor rated inverter, this entire MicroFIT installation from panels to electrical meter never has to pass into the house! Securing contract prices in 2015, these customers collects around $2,400 per year from IESO & Hydro One for the energy they produce, which will continue to be the case until the year 2035. Between their contractual return on his investment, the increase in property value to the house, and a 5kW conversation starter with the neighbours, they are exceedingly happy with their MicroFIT installation.  

Top of Pole Mount Net Metering System

Facing continuous increases in their monthly Hydro bills, these customers looked to subsidize their own electricity usage by taking part in the Net Metering program. Installing solar capacity and feeding it directly into their home, these customers use their own generated energy first, before buying any electricity from Hydro One in Ontario. With a sub-optimal roof orientation for their building, it was decided that a ground mount installation was the ideal solution to get solar power up and running on their property. With a total of 6kW of panels installed, this system is expected to make a major dent in their bills with an expected yearly production of over 7000kWh of generated energy, and additional room to expand in the future! Top of Pole ground mount installations are an excellent alternative when a building’s roof is not suitable for solar, either due to lack of southern facing roof space, poor exposure from trees and obstacles, too shallow or overly steep roof pitch, insufficient useable roof area, or simply due to preferred aesthetics. Luckily, top of pole mount systems allow for solar power to be installed at a specific & preferred location. The array tilt are seasonally adjustable to get the most year-round power from the sun, and far easier to de-snow on those exceptionally heavy snowfall winters. Rather than snaking the transmission cable through roof spaces and down walls, the armored cable is safely buried below ground on its travel between the array and your building. Available in various sizes ranging from 2 to 12 panels per structure, along with multiple methods of securing the arrays upright, these Top of Pole Mount solar systems provide convenience and efficiency for both grid-tied and off-grid systems.

Island on Lake Of The Woods

Project Overview

This system is installed on a year round cottage in Kenora, Ontario Canada. This system uses 3 x 30 (Heat Pipe) S-Power Vacuum Tube Collectors to preheat the domestic hot water, as well as, supplying heat for the space heating system with a boiler as a back-up. This system has a 3-way valve configuration to switch from winter to summer option to maximize performance. The preheated water is stored in a Enerworks Stainless Steel Super Solar Combi Tank with upper (space heating) and lower (solar) heat exchange coils. The solar heated water is then feed into the  on-demand heater for back-up for cloudy days. Check out the real live feed of the system below.   [table id=2 /]
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Existing hydronic manifold combined with modern manifold.
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30 tube collector being assembled. Aluminum & stainless steel construction. *Notice square flashing at base of support to ensure perfect weather tight seal on the roof.
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Ironridge Ground Mount Solar Array

IronRidge Ground Mount combines the strength of XR1000 rails with locally-sourced steel pipes to create a cost-effective structure capable of handling any site of terrain challenge. Installation is simple with only a few structural components and no drilling, welding, or heavy machinery required. The System works with a variety of foundation options, including concrete piers and driven piles, and can support up to 5 modules per column. Here’s how this system works!

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