180. Solar 101 – everything you need to know about going solar!

Producing your own solar electricity, it’s a cool idea right? But when is the right time to go solar? In part III of our Smart Home Series, we talk to Ron Kube, who installed solar on his home and Clifton Lofthaug of Great Canadian Solar about everything you need to know before going solar. See blog, photos and CKUA podcast: http://www.greenenergyfutures.ca/episode/180-solar-101


  1. FB Rusty Walker on August 23, 2020 at 2:49 pm

    So there are very few places in US where you are paid the same rate to sell as you do to buy. Wish we were paid equally here on Gulf coast.

  2. Clarence D on August 23, 2020 at 2:56 pm

    Awesome video

  3. Lorne Booker on August 23, 2020 at 2:58 pm

    I read an article about a gentleman in Nova Scotia who paid tens of thousands of dollars for a large home solar system. The electrical utility charged him GST on electricity that he produced. He had already paid GST on the PV panels.

  4. Quinn Loi on August 23, 2020 at 3:01 pm

    You fools you are feeding the beast listen that’s another way to rid yourself of some other human being having the power to make you family sleep in the cold for the sake of cash …..so get a deep cell battery and make a power bank and then it’s free like wtf man lol I really hope no one buys into your moronically inspired vision of " everything you need to know about solar " smh

  5. dimitri delanghe on August 23, 2020 at 3:03 pm

    holy fuck, thats a lot for avarage homes …
    Canada vs Belgium
    7200 vs 4000kwh (avarage house)
    16.500$ vs 6000€ (5.5kw installations)

    If u have roof to the south and a lot of sun u have to be insane to not do this…

  6. Duncan Cunningham on August 23, 2020 at 3:04 pm

    In the US a lot of cities or power utilities now do tariffs and not net metering.. so you don’t get the same in as out.

  7. Richard Fryer on August 23, 2020 at 3:08 pm

    …check to make sure the sub-division you live in does not have a restrictive covenant that prevents you from changing the appearance of your house. Put solar on your roof and sure as heck some weenie will phone their lawyer and you’ll be getting a letter telling you to remove it… because it violates a restrictive covenant you didn’t even know or remember existed. At the very least get a waiver or permission first.

  8. tejani kerroumi on August 23, 2020 at 3:13 pm

    Hello guys am New commer to New York. Any help
    I need apprendiceship to learn
    Solar power

  9. Natasha Conway on August 23, 2020 at 3:14 pm

    The grid is your battery? #Bullshit!!!

  10. chefgav1 on August 23, 2020 at 3:14 pm

    $16500 for only 5.5kw? Wow that’s expensive.we are under $1.00 CAD a watt here in Australia full installed

  11. Quinn Loi on August 23, 2020 at 3:14 pm

    See you are thinking so small man

  12. wazza33racer on August 23, 2020 at 3:14 pm

    renewable energy has destroyed the Australian power grid. The glut of day time solar energy means the feed in tariff was dropped dramatically to 8c/kw/hr. Night time tariff power provided by coal base load is 30 to 40c/kw/hr. Coal stations are continuing to close which means brown outs and black outs for consumers. Home owners are financially much better off to abandon the grid, use battery back up over night and concentrate energy use during the day. Recharging an EV car sounds great except that the lithium battery depreciation ( life span) is far more than the per kilometer cost of diesel or gas. Any country going down this path will become a post industrial waste land with a crippled economy and no jobs. Or follow China down the path of using Thorium energy and with electricity at half the cost of coal will dominate the world and attract all jobs,investment and development. But we already know that solar-philes pushing this ill thought out garbage would have hissy fits and scream at the sky at the thought of using Thorium to power the economy.

  13. David D on August 23, 2020 at 3:14 pm

    It should be noted that you can significantly reduce the cost of your setup by doing it yourself. You can save 50-75% by installing it yourself. Only about 25% of those figures is the cost of the panels themselves.

  14. Eric Scott on August 23, 2020 at 3:17 pm

    Grid down = no power. You spent a lot of money to NOT have power when the grid goes down. Dumb.

  15. jona jon on August 23, 2020 at 3:19 pm

    the grid is not a battery. Unless the grid has built in power storage no power is stored. Thinking that the grid is power storage will damage the sustainability in the long run. There needs to be a storage fee along with adding storage to the grid if you are not going to have battery storage in your solar system.

  16. ferkemall on August 23, 2020 at 3:20 pm

    34 panels on his roof , and the one thing no green and no sales person is going to tell you is it takes just one hail storm with the hail as big as golf balls and your solar system is smashed to bits and honestly if your investing thousands of $$$$$$ in a system should someone tell you that can happen ?

    How many times have we heard that weather pattens are getting more severe ?
    Looking through the adds you can see solar panels for sale cheap due to damage we had a bloke last week selling off 4 big panels due to damage ie cracks in the glass ! /UK

  17. qwi911 on August 23, 2020 at 3:23 pm

    I’ve got some out side solar lights, they’re pretty cool🤷‍♂️

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  19. Jughead Jones on August 23, 2020 at 3:33 pm

    Great video, very informative. Only mention would be when the house is using grid power it is from mostly coal fired generation. I really hope that Alberta can change that in the coming couple decades. Cheaper home storage options cannot get here soon enough as well. Good on you for exporting much cleaner juice back.


  20. Mortgage Financing on August 23, 2020 at 3:37 pm

    it costs more to buy all that than you would pay electric over the years stupid

  21. Daryl am nuts on August 23, 2020 at 3:43 pm

    Yea there no good they draw to much heat from the sun , this the cause of the black panels and your not saving any money , SO TELL THE TRUE it all a scam

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