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Larry “Solarwyseguy” Dahl
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Which Solar Power System is right for you?


The Solarwyse team explains the pros and cons of Grid-Tied Solar Systems, Grid-Tied Solar Systems with Battery Backup / Hybrid and Off Grid.


Everything you need to know is right here:


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Enter to win a solar charging system for your RV or cabin!

The Grande Prairie Alberta Treasury Branch is holding a raffle to raise money for the Stollery Children’s Hospital. Solarwyse is proud donate a 285-watt solar charging system. Tickets can be purchased from any Grande Prairie ATB branches.

In addition, do not throw away your ticket if you do not win the draw. Solarwyse will give you $50 off the purchase of the same package.

This offer is valid until the end of July 2017. Your ticket must be presented at the time of purchase. Only one ticket redeemable per package.

This package consists of (1) Canadian Solar 285 watt solar module, (1) red and (1) black UV resistant 10 gauge cable and a Solarwyse Energy 40 amp MPPT charge controller. Additional safety package of two DC breakers and a panel box is included in this offer. Total retail VALUE $850. GST not included.

Be sure to drop by the ATB Westview branch to check it out today!
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How will the carbon tax affect solar pricing?

I have been told transportation will increase by 2%. That does not seam to add a huge increase, mainly because the price of panels in 2017 is dropping back to 2010 prices.

But a 2% increase is going to relate to more than 2%, mainly because that tax will not only add to an increase of 2% at the wholesale level, but an additional 2% at retail also. Our clients that require the solar packages to be shipped will see a direct increase in cost from the transportation companies.

Wholesale pricing will rise to cover the additional 2%, but they purchase and ship in bulk, so expect around 1% overall increase in the wholesale price of an off grid package. Combine this with 2% for the retail shipping and there will be up to a 3% tax on green energy. Approximately $360 increase.

For those of you living off grid, expect up to a 6 cents a liter in running cost for your backup generator, for instance 500 liters of diesel will cost you $30 additional each winter. Your getting taxed and yet your carbon footprint is substantially reduced because you're not using coal generated electricity, at least here in Alberta.

The carbon tax will increase any product that is transported, including food, clothing and goods. And it will be at least 2%.
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Drop by an visit our new web page, It is still a work in progress, but designed to be more informative.
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The Canadian solar industry has successfully increased the cost of solar panels in Canada. Canadian companies like Silfab, Helene have complained that they cannot compete with the lower cost of off shore manufactured solar panels. In the last couple of years the quality of off shore panels has equaled those domestic panels, but the cost of production is at least half. Up to 300% tax has now been applied to imported panels, this reflects at least a 25% increase in solar panels here in Canada. We are expecting this increase to be reflected beginning of June 2015, yes less that 15 days from now.
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Solar sales are up almost double from last year. Looks like a lot of souls out there have decided that he ATCO's and Fortis's are too rich for their tastes! The buyers are not going grid tie, mainly because there is very little pay back, and with the new rules limiting excess production to 10% of your usage, there is no great advantage.

We have brought on a new line this year that allows connection to the grid, but can allow your home to become off grid if the main power fails. It allows connection to both a generator and a the grid, along with solar component. You use the solar power then use grid power if you need more. If the grid fails then you still have a backup generator.
You whole house is always powered unlike the older system where you selected only those circuits needed.
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Living off the grid in winter used to be a challenge the first few years, now it is more of a normal lifestyle.

Well I guess I should have done it right the first time. We now have a diesel generator built snugly into a corner of our garage, instead of out in a cold shed. The room has been insulated to keep out the cold. A auto start module has been added, and now the Outback inverter has full control of the generator.

During high loads on our system the generator comes on line automatically, allowing just 1 minute or more in the shower, without having to worry about draining the batteries. 

Another great advantage is that the price of farm diesel has dropped to under a $1 a liter. Yesterday I had 900 liters delivered for $858.

Did you know that any Albertan that lives off grid can apply for a purple fuel permit for electrical generation. This includes gasoline or heating oil also. No you can not burn it in your car but you can save a fortune on fuel costs.
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Well it had to happen, a tax on solar panels.

Expect an announcement from the federal government on Feb 1, just how much the tax will be on importation of solar panels, it could be as high as  30%. The US imposed a tax on all imported panels of 30% a few months back.

It seems that the four Canadian manufactures cannot compete with the imported panels especially those from China, they have asked for a 30% anti dumping charge on imported panels.

A 30% increase on the panels would raise the total off grid packages around 10%, and an increase of 25% on grid tied packages.

This will have a dramatic effect on those contemplating solar.

Larry the Solarwyse Guy
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Well it had to happen, a tax on solar panels.

Expect an announcement from the federal government on Feb 1, just how much the tax will be on importation of solar panels, it could be as high as  30%. The US imposed a tax on all imported panels of 30% a few months back.

It seems that the four Canadian manufactures cannot compete with the imported panels especially those from China, they have asked for a 30% anti dumping charge on imported panels.

A 30% increase on the panels would raise the total off grid packages around 10%, and an increase of 25% on grid tied packages.

This will have a dramatic effect on those contemplating solar.

Larry the Solarwyse Guy
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