Frequently asked questions

  1. Is Alberta a good spot for solar?
    Alberta is optimal for solar. Calgary sees an average of 335 days and an average of 2396 hours of sun annually compared to Berlin, Germany’s 1625 average hours of sunlight and they are leaders in solar production. Alberta is roughly on par with other cities such as Rome, Los Angeles and Rio de Janeiro.
  2. Who can install solar modules?
    A master electrician is need to obtain a solar photovoltaic permit. DC systems can get as high as 600V and can be dangerous to anyone not properly trained. Installed PV arrays need to follow electrical codes, standards and regulations and a certified Red Seal Electrician needs to be involved in the process.
  3. What maintenance does a solar array need?
    Most grid-tied PV systems require little to no maintenance. Solar modules can collect dirt, dust, debris, animal droppings etc. that can potential effect system performance, but rain usually solves these issues. Checking the system performance and visually inspecting the array periodically may be needed. We do not recommend climbing on your roof at any time as this can be dangerous.
  1. What makes my home good for solar?
    A house with a south facing roof and free from shading make up the most ideal situations for solar. Solar module output will vary on the angle of your roof. The best angle for an array in summer is a 6-12 pitch roof. Changing the tilt of the array is up to the homeowner, but is not usually practiced on grid-tied systems. A solar array can be beneficial even without these conditions. A site assessment is needed to calculate your annual solar harvest. Modules can last 25 years so we recommend having shingles with this much life to avoid temporarily removing your solar array.
  2. How long does it take to install?
    Maverick Alternative Energy provides turn-key service, obtaining permits and filling out applications in behalf of the customer. After permitting has been approved, it takes an average of 2-3 days to install your home residential system.
  3. What are the effects of snow and winter sunlight on modules?
    Months with the most snow also have the shortest days, lowest sun angle and the weakest light conditions. Winter months have shorter days meaning less sunlight hours, but this doesn’t stop your array from producing. Snow reflection and cooler temperatures can also increase module output. Long summer production days make up for short winter days we get. Snow cover can cause your array to stop producing. Clearing the snow can help gain a few more kWh’s, but is not done by most grid-tied owners and can be a dangerous task cleaning roof mounted modules. Sunny, warmer winter days can heat up an array enough to melt the snow.
  1. How do modules hold up to hail?
    Modules are tested to withstand a 1” hailstone going 88 km/h. Most modules are installed at an angle which reduces direct impacts. Make sure to contact your home insurance company regarding your solar array. Home insurance will cover damages caused by hail.
  1. Warranty’s
    Modules we offer come with a 25-year power output warranty. Because of this, your solar array will have an output for a minimum 25 years. Modules have been known to last 35+ years. Inverters and microinverter warranty's can range from 10-15-years, with the option to purchase further coverage up to 25 years to match your modules.
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