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ONT ONLY - microFIT solar panel program: 10-14% return for 20 yrs * FAT LADY HAS SUNG

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Nov 29, 2011
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Toronto
This is the best January in a few years. Today was a pretty good day if there wasn't any snow on your panels. I cleaned off my south panels and most of the rest were cleaned by the wind. 4 of my panels created zilch as they were covered big time but I still turned out over 30kw today. Could be a sign of a sunny year to come.
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Aug 31, 2015
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Scarborough, ON
You are doing better than I - this is the worst of three Januarys:

Jan 2016 419.53 kWh
Jan 2017 372.02 kWh
Jan 2018 365.29 kWh
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Oct 11, 2017
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January turned out to be an excellent month for me (located in South Hamilton):

Jan 2017 389.10 kWh
Jan 2018 540.14 kWh
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Sep 20, 2015
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Ottawa, ON
0O0O0O0 wrote:
Jan 31st, 2018 9:58 pm
January turned out to be an excellent month for me:

Jan 2017 389.10 kWh
Jan 2018 540.14 kWh
It would be nice if location is also put beside the kWh so that other folks can compare their system to get a ball park number.
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Apr 21, 2004
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404.70 kWh for January 2018 -- Oakville ON 1 km (need I say north?) of Lake Ontario .

Damn Frosty.
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Sep 20, 2015
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Ottawa, ON
324.06 kWh for January 2018 --Ottawa ON (10kWH system) - house facing south. Does not look that great but hopefully folks from Ottawa area can jump in to list their production.
Newbie
Jan 4, 2010
70 posts
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Niagara Region
Jan 2018 - 616.35
Jan 2017 - 498.68

Niagara Region
Member
Jun 27, 2010
378 posts
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Mississauga
Great numbers indeed!

Jan 2018 - 369.02 kWh
Jan 2017 - 374 kWh
Deal Addict
Oct 14, 2004
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Toronto
Jan 198kwh

It was covered in snow for half the month. How do you guys clear yours? Are they fragile and do you need to worry about scratching them?
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Aug 31, 2015
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Scarborough, ON
Mine were covered in snow a bit but sometimes the snow blows off or it melts when it gets to about -2 or so. I wouldn't worry to much about cleaning them as there is too much risk of hurting yourself for <$10.

Today is my best day since Oct 5 - I am close to 40 kWh!

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Jan 4, 2010
70 posts
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Niagara Region
There's no way I can get up to clean off my panels either. The sun does what it will do (I have a 2.5 storey house). I do have an 8/12 pitch roof, so not much sticks up there.

I had my best day since Oct 4th... 58.95kwh today.
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Dec 29, 2006
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Markham
Hi everyone...first time posting to this forum. We're in the process of getting our panels installed and went through a solar broker. I'm a bit worried about how long it's taking them to actually get the installation done. I know there's a 180 day deadline imposed by the IESO before the offer expires and our deadline is mid March (got approval mid September 2017). I've been in contact with our installer and all I've heard is that they're backlogged because of the cold weather we've had in the GTA lately. My question is how quickly can the panels be installed? and how long does getting connected to the grid take (We're in Markham and Alectra/Powerstream is our provider)? I'm trying to determine how much time I need in case I have to go with another installer. Our install is a smaller 5500kwh/year install (16 panels). Should I be worried? Does anyone have experience with connecting after the 180 day IESO deadline?
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Kingston
slowserver wrote:
Feb 5th, 2018 10:04 am
Hi everyone...first time posting to this forum. We're in the process of getting our panels installed and went through a solar broker. I'm a bit worried about how long it's taking them to actually get the installation done. I know there's a 180 day deadline imposed by the IESO before the offer expires and our deadline is mid March (got approval mid September 2017). I've been in contact with our installer and all I've heard is that they're backlogged because of the cold weather we've had in the GTA lately. My question is how quickly can the panels be installed? and how long does getting connected to the grid take (We're in Markham and Alectra/Powerstream is our provider)? I'm trying to determine how much time I need in case I have to go with another installer. Our install is a smaller 5500kwh/year install (16 panels). Should I be worried? Does anyone have experience with connecting after the 180 day IESO deadline?
The install of our 10Kwh system took 3 summer days. It took a week to get connected afterwards, but that was Hydro One in 2013.

When you say you are having a solar broker install the system, is it a "free solar" system contract?
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