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WHAT IS AN ENERGY AUDIT – PART 2

Written by Narayana Asogan, P.Eng.

In an earlier article we introduced what an Energy audit for commercial building is and discussed about ASHRAE Level  1 audit which involved the study of utility bills for one to two years and determining a Baseline Energy Consumption, Energy Utilization Intensity and “Walk Through Audit”.

Our thanks to those managers who took our advice and contacted us for a study.

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CHOOSING AN EFFECTIVE SOLAR PV SYSTEM FOR YOUR NEED

Written by Nani Pradeepan, P.Eng.

Choosing an effective solar PV system for your need can feel like a difficult task, but if you focus on the essentials it becomes easy. The main components of a solar PV system are the solar panels, the inverter, and the mounting system. Each of these have a range of options to choose from, but understanding the differences among them will ensure that ...

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WHAT IS AN ENERGY AUDIT?

Written by  Narayana Asogan, P.Eng.

The term “Audit” has several meanings.  The common meaning comes to mind is “Financial Auditing” which many Managers, Directors of Commercial institution understand quite well.  Year-end Financial Audit is required by Stakeholders, Regulators etc. as a way to see how the organization had managed the finances. Banks ask for audited reports to approve loans and so on.

There are other meanings to “Audit”.

Here we are explaining what an ...

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WHICH IS YOUR CHOICE?

Written by Nani Pradeepan, P.Eng.

Energy is one of the important commodities the world need as global economy expands to include nations around the globe. Not all the nations are blessed with the fossil energy sources we currently use. Depleting fossil energy sources in a growing energy need will pose new problems. Fossil fuel is the root cause for many problems associated with health, security, credit crunch etc. Reasonably priced energy is what ...

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RESIDENTIAL SOLAR POWER RISE TO THE MAINSTREAM

Written by Nani Pradeepan, P.Eng.

Small ticket item trends, like DVD players, catch on quickly, and just as quickly, they fade away. But earth-friendly decisions those are economical start out slowly, and then gain momentum as time goes on. Solar power is one of those earth-friendly decisions which began as an unattainable power source for the average consumer, but within few years has quickly picked up speed as more and ...

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LEASING VS. OWNING A SOLAR SYSTEM

Written by Nani Pradeepan, P.Eng.

Reduced system costs, increasing electricity rates and incentives are bringing new solar customers into the market in greater numbers than ever before. Unlike early adopters who chose to go solar because of environmental concerns, or a desire to reduce their reliance on the electric power grid current shoppers are motivated by pure economics of switching to solar power.

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CAN YOU GO OFF-GRID WITH SOLAR AND ENERGY STORAGE IN GTA?

Written by Nani Pradeepan, P.Eng.

The cost of PV keeps has come down substantially. Now, solar can compete with any other form of electrical generation. So, why don’t we just convert to solar based off grid? Off-grid solar is a system designed to help people function without the support of electrical infrastructure – utility’s electrical grid. A true off-grid house ...

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NET METERING

Written by Nani Pradeepan, P.Eng.

Ontario’s Independent Electricity System Operator is preparing to switch incentive program from current Feed in Tariff program to Net Metering Program in 2017 hence it is important to understand the difference between these two programs.

Most grid-tied photovoltaic (PV) solar systems today have no equipment for storing the electricity generated by their rooftop solar energy systems to use later in the night and depend on the utility grid for its operation. Hence ...

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FIVE ADVANTAGES OF GOING SOLAR

Written by Nani Pradeepan, P.Eng.

 

1. GOVERNMENT INCENTIVES

Federal, provincial governments offer incentives to encourage homeowners to switch to solar power. The solar incentives vary by province, Ontario government’s current incentive – Feed in tariff pays premium for the solar electricity for 20 year. And the federal government allows solar system owners to get 100% HST rebate and depreciate their solar energy system at 50% rate.

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BENEFITS OF POWER OPTIMIZER IN A SOLAR PV SYSTEM

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Power optimizers are a module-level power electronics solution that can be installed on-site or integrated during the manufacturing of solar panel. Power optimizers offer many benefits to solar PV systems including the following.

  •  Increased energy yield: Through maximum power point tracking at panel level, power optimizers lessen the power loss caused by a number of factors  including variances in module power, partial shading, soiling ...
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