Should I buy a Home Backup Generator or Go Solar?

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Recent power disruptions have homeowners concerned and inquiring about a backup generator to protect their home when electricity is not available.

These outages could, and have, lasted for days creating is a legitimate concern for homeowners who rely on sump pumps, water pumps, breathing apparatus, food spoilage, etc.

The following Link explains the pros and cons of home generators:  https://www.tomsguide.com/news/should-you-get-a-home-generator-heres-the-pros-and-cons

One con not mentioned in the article is the generator’s inability to continuously run 24 hours a day.  Doing so will drastically reduce the life of the generator.

An alternate solution is a home solar system which can provide your home with daily and emergency power which we have put together and call the NRG Alternative Power System.

Our system will provide your home with electricity, reducing your hydro bill, and emergency power via battery backup.

System Pros:

System Cons:

Eligibility criteria for reimbursement:

Additional Information:

*Grid-connected system:  the solar photovoltaic system is connected such that it can deliver power to a supply authority system

**Off-grid system:  the solar photovoltaic system does not deliver power to a supply authority system.  The house is not connected to the electricity grid; utility power is not available to the home and the only source of power is renewable energy

Steps to take to get your solar system:

  1. Contact your electricity provider to determine whether you can connect to the network (net metered systems only)
    1. Hydro One: Dx Generation Connections Group at 1-877-447-4412 or DxGenerationConnections@HydroOne.com
    2. Elexicon Energy: Submit the completed Pre-Generation Application and request to dservices@elexiconenergy.com. Elexicon’s Connections Coordinator will provide a Pre-Generation Application by email upon request.
  2. Apply to the Grant: https://www.nrcan.gc.ca/energy-efficiency/homes/canada-greener-homes-grant/check-your-eligibility-for-the-canada-greener-homes-grant/24050
  3. Get an Energuide Evaluation: https://www.nrcan.gc.ca/energy-efficiency/homes/find-service-provider/15807
  4. Call/email NRG Alternatives for your solar quote: 613-779-8844 / info@nrga.ca
  5. Apply for the loan: https://www.nrcan.gc.ca/energy-efficiency/homes/canada-greener-homes-grant/canada-greener-homes-loan/24286#details