There are very few options when it comes to solar for residential homeowners, they can look at going solar ready, or getting either an off-grid or grid-tie solar system. Solar ready is something that can be done at either the design or construction stages of building a new home. Either of the two solar systems can be installed during the construction stage or can be installed as a retrofit to an already existing home.


Dandelion Renewables has developed a 4 step process to ensure that a new home is truly solar ready.

  1. Dandelion Renewables consults with the builder about best practices for a specific home at either the design or construction stage;
  2. Either the builder or Dandelion Renewables installed the recommended Solar Ready components and takes into account the design recommendations;
  3. Dandelion Renewables visits the site to inspect and measure the solar potential and supply Solar Ready labels;
  4. Dandelion Renewables issues an Alberta Home Solar Ready Certificate with both qualitative and quantitative items reported.

There is an average of 15 items on the certificate that would help a homeowner appreciate the builder’s commitment to green building. While our approach of quantifying Solar Ready components is unique, it is essential in order to help builders optimize the solar efficiency of house designs. Refer you builder to Dandelion Renewables and we will be happy to educate and train them in how to build Solar Ready items at your home.

Capturing the maximum solar potential at the construction stage helps the homeowner to switch to photovoltaic power, or solar thermal energy sooner. Benefits to the homeowner include:

  • It saves 50% of the cost compared to doing it at a later date
  • It helps show the builder’s commitment to green building practices
  • Each Solar Ready component is explained and measured in the certificate


How a Grid Tie Solar Power System Works

Grid-tie solar systems work by taking the electricity produced by the solar system and routing it directly to the utility grid, this setup allows us to:

  • Consume the power produced by the solar system when the system is producing electricity and the utility grid is functional
  • Purchase electricity from the grid when the sun is not shining
  • Sell excess solar power to the grid and receive a credit for exporting power, this is also known as net metering

While grid-tie solar systems with net-metering are the most cost-effective way to produce and consume your own solar electricity, they do have the disadvantage of not being able to operate during a power outage. Adding a battery backup system adds cost but means that when the power goes out you will still have power to your home.

More information about grid-tie solar systems can be found on either our Grid-Tie in Alberta or Grid-Tie in BC pages.


Why Off-Grid Living?

There are a variety of reasons that people choose to live off-grid, for some it makes sense economically, others like the independence it provides, other still prefer it for the reduced environmental impact. Whatever your reasons Dandelion Renewables can design and install a system to suit your needs.

What is an Off-Grid PV System?

An off-grid system is a solar system that is not connected to the electric grid, these systems are most commonly used in remote locations but works well anywhere. Off-grid systems have a few more components than grid-tie systems, such as a charge controller, a battery bank, as well as optional monitoring and automation equipment. If properly designed these systems require only basic maintenance.

Living with an off-grid solar system will likely impact how and when you use electricity. As there is only as much power available as what has been generated by the solar system, once the battery bank has been depleted, if there is no backup power source then there will be no power.

More information can be found on our Off-Grid Solar page.


  • Ken Ellingson Posted February 19, 2018 12:20 am

    I have 20 acres adjacent Brooks, Alberta that is perfect for solar power

    • admin Posted April 2, 2018 2:00 am

      Hi Ken,

      Sorry we just noted your comment on our Dandelion Renewables site now.

      Feel free to call me 780 566 6058 to discuss the solar power potential on your land.

      Thank you
      Mikhail Ivanchikov

  • Adam blake Posted May 10, 2018 11:10 am

    I would like a quote please

    • admin Posted August 8, 2018 10:29 pm

      Hi Adam, I suggest to contact our office with the following min information for us to start working on the quote: 1) property address, 2) copy of your last power bill, 3) picture of your electrical panel; 4) your contact info including your phone number. We recommend to schedule a free site visit, so we have an opportunity to optimize our proposal to your specific needs. You can reach us at 780 566 3000. Thank you for your interest! – Mikhail

  • Adam Posted May 18, 2018 3:19 pm

    Do you provide solar tracking solutions either single or dual axis?

    • admin Posted August 8, 2018 10:33 pm

      The simple answer, yes we can. Depending on your project specifics we would recommend dual axis for off-grid applications and single-axis tracker for larger scale commercial and utility-scale projects. Can you please email to us more project details?

  • Manideep Posted July 27, 2018 5:43 am

    I am staying in a villa community. Can I install PV Solar system? Will my Villa owner face any kind of problems while Electricity billing procedure.

    • admin Posted August 8, 2018 10:41 pm

      Manideep, the answer will depend on your Villa by-laws. Often, exterior alternations are not allowed. However, your Board can approve a variation or consider making exception in the bylaws for a solar installation. If you pay your own bill and there is net-metering regulation in your part of the World, there shall be no problems with the electricity billing procedure. You shall check out if net-metering is allowed in your Province/State /Country. Please contact us with more project details and we will be happy to support you.

  • Mike Worrall Posted October 20, 2018 6:27 pm

    Hello. I have a property at 535 Taylor rd. Kelowna B.C. We have a 32’ x 20’ south facing garage roof 12/12 pitch. We are very interested in going solar to whatever degree is feasible. Any info you can help us with would be greatly appreciated.

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