Each day the sun shines down several thousand times the amount of energy needed to power our planet. This clean, renewable, abundant pollution-free energy has been harvested for over a century. In the middle of the industrial revolution, ingenious solar plants where built to use the sun’s energy to transform water into steam which, in turn, powered engines. It wasn’t until Henri Becquerel’s 1839 discovery of the photovoltaic effect that sunlight was turned directly into electricity. Even then, the inefficiency of early solar systems led to a delay in the development of photovoltaic solar panels as a source of renewable energy.
Modern photovoltaic cells are far more efficient and are constructed from wafer-based crystalline silicon cells which capture light energy (photons) from the sun. Capturing energy from a range of light frequencies is what keeps them working, even in inclement weather. The monocrystalline solar cell is created on a sheet or prismatic glass substrate which is then laminated, usually with a second layer of glass. The glass is designed to withstand all the curveballs a year’s worth of weather can pitch. Wires conduct the DC electricity generated from the solar cells into the inverter where it is converted to the AC current we use in our outlets.
Still in its infancy, solar energy is only now beginning to make an impact on the international energy front. Cornering the solar energy market will give the country that does so an enormous advantage, and as nations scramble to develop new technologies and produce ever-cheaper solar cells, its China’s heavily subsidized panels that pip the rest at the post. Canada has much to contribute,
having led the technological evolution in several areas of discovery. This is why the Ontario government requires 60% local content in solar installations which form part of the province’s microFIT scheme. The microFIT incentive offers home and business owners the opportunity to harvest solar energy and sell it to the grid at a premium rate.
60% local content ensures the growth of the solar manufacturing industry locally. It creates jobs, both in the manufacturing and installation industries, and encourages investment. As harvesting solar energy becomes exponentially more efficient and cheaper, it stands at the forefront of renewable energy options and is helping to pave the road to a sustainable future.
SolarLine will negotiate the best price for your Ontario content solar panels. We don’t typically carry inventory as we order panels on a project per project basis. We have installed many brands of PV modules and the following brands are what we recommend for domestic content:
The HELIENE 72M is a new 72 monocrystalline cell module that is capable of generating up to 310 watts of power per just 2 m² panel achieving the 16% efficiency rate. With output classes ranging from 295 Wp to 310 Wp, the HELIENE 72M still retains a thickness of only 40 mm and weighs 28 kg. If delivering maximum power per panel is critical to your project’s goals, then the HELIENE 72M is an excellent choice in any application.