Courtenay Solar Power Home - Glacier

LOCATION: Courtenay, BC

Energy offset: 40%

Number of panels: 39

System size: 12.5kW

Estimated Annual Production: 13,020kWh

Project goals: This Comox Valley homeowner is also a high end custom home builder. They decided to add solar to the workshop building of a home they would live in, taking the plunge into solar as an example to show their clients that solar could be a valuable addition in new construction. Since the installation, this house has been sold with the solar energy system adding to the value of the sale, and new homeowners realizing the benefits of owning a PV system.

How it was achieved: With quality being a focus within the homeowners own contracting company, this installation used LG NeON2 solar panels and a high end Enphase IQ series micro-inverter system.

Special considerations: With the new low slope torch down membrane roof in place, we coordinated with the roofing contractor to ensure we would maintain the roof warranty with the installed PV system. The detached shop roof was perfect for the solar array, feeding power to both the shop building and to the main residence.

Other relevant information: While we did not maximize the 400 amp electrical service of this home, it is worth noting that the electrical service here is sufficient for a 100 of these 60 cell solar panels, while the more common 200 amp service is sufficient for roughly 50. This is great to know when considering how much solar to design into your home.

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