40K interest free loans for homeowners going Solar

For homeowners and landlords, the budget also aims at reducing emissions from residential buildings with a $4.4-billion program to provide homeowners and landlords with interest-free loans of $40,000 for “deep home retrofits.” The money can be used for improvements like better insulation, energy-efficient furnaces and water tanks, solar panels and new windows, the budget says. The money will flow through the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC)

As the world confronts a warming climate, the federal Liberals are committing billions more dollars to reduce greenhouse gas emissions across the economy and help drive a “green recovery” from the pandemic-induced economic slowdown.

Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland tabled a budget that sets aside $17 billion in new direct spending and tax relief measures that the government hopes will decarbonize heavy industry, build a cleaner economy and create jobs.

“We are at a pivotal moment in the green transformation,” Freeland said in a speech to the House of Commons. 

“We can lead, or we can be left behind. Our government knows that the only choice for Canada is to be in the vanguard.”

Freeland said the budget measures will help the government meet its greenhouse gas reductions targets under the Paris climate agreement, achieve net-zero emissions by 2050 and preserve 25 per cent of land and marine conservation targets by 2025.

Much of the proposed spending focuses on giving private sector companies incentives to develop and adopt clean technology.

Five billion dollars over seven years will go to the Net Zero Accelerator, a fund that helps large-emitting companies reduce their greenhouse gas emissions. That’s on top of $3 billion the government committed in December.

Sarah Petrevan, policy director at Clean Energy Canada, said the total $8 billion will help heavy industries such as steel and cement decarbonize and grow their competitiveness.

“Government’s role is to kind of set the stage for then private markets to develop and shift in the direction, and this is kind of what Liberals are doing,” she said of the budget.

“That’s the kind of thing that you have to do support an economic transition. It can’t all be government.”

To help foster a domestic clean technology manufacturing sector in Canada, the government said it will offer companies that manufacture zero emission devices, like solar panels and electric vehicles, a 50 per cent cut to their corporate or small business taxes for the next 10 years.

For homeowners and landlords, the budget also aims at reducing emissions from residential buildings with a $4.4-billion program to provide homeowners and landlords with interest-free loans of $40,000 for “deep home retrofits.” The money can be used for improvements like better insulation, energy-efficient furnaces and water tanks, solar panels and new windows, the budget says. The money will flow through the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC)

The government estimates more than 200,000 households could take advantage of that program. 

Tom-Pierre Frappé-Sénéclauze, the buildings and urban solutions director at the Pembina Institute, an environmental think-tank, said the retrofit funding could create up to 10,000 well-paying jobs over the next five years. But he said Canadians will need to spend more on retrofitting their homes for Canada to meet its climate goals.

“While significant, this investment, unfortunately, is unlikely to get us to our destination,” he said.

Another initiative targeting heavy emitters is a tax credit for companies that invest in technology that captures carbon dioxide emitted by fuel combustion or other industrial processes and stores it in the ground instead of releasing it into the atmosphere. The budget said the government will undertake a 90-day consultation process to determine the rate of the incentive for capital investments in carbon capture, utilization and storage (CCUS).

This is bold step by the Canadian government to put the money where their mouth is. As much as we at Deltacron Tech understand that much more can be done, we would like to take this moment to appreciate this step in the right direction on behalf of the many customers we have encountered in our industry. The majority of our tax paying customers have always looked to the government to help them go green, especially were power is concerned, but that help has been nowhere to be found. But with this announcement in Budget2021, the future does look greener for many homeowners.

We look forward to having these announcements implemented.

Credit: CBC/Toronto Star

Has Covid-19 Slowed the rise of Solar Photovoltaics?

At the peak of the pandemic, many countries across the globe initialized their lockdowns to help curb the spreading pandemic. Thankfully, these measures did help slow down the spread of covid-19 in the absence of a vaccine.

However, these safety regulations and mobility restrictions also disrupted supply chains and temporarily delayed construction of renewable energy installations – especially onshore wind and solar PV – in key markets. Since mid-May, renewables-based construction projects, equipment supplies, policy implementation and financing have returned to near normal levels in many countries because project developers and manufacturers have modified their operations to adapt to ongoing social‑distancing rules.

U.S. solar installations are expected to soar 43% this year, just shy of a pre-pandemic forecast, as the industry has recovered more quickly than expected from a virus-related slowdown, according to a report by the top solar trade group.

The improved outlook reflects robust demand from utilities seeking to meet carbon-reduction goals and a rebound in demand for home solar systems, thanks in part to declining costs for the technology.

The sector is now expected to install more than 19 gigawatts of solar this year, enough to power more than 3.6 million homes, according to the U.S. Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) and energy research firm Wood Mackenzie. Last year it installed 13.3 GW of capacity.

Solar energy also accounted for 43% of new U.S. power capacity additions through the third quarter, compared with less than a third for wind and natural gas.

SEIA and Wood Mackenzie had initially forecast 2020 solar growth of 47%, but that outlook slid to 33% as the coronavirus spread throughout the United States in the spring.

As mentioned earlier, The solar industry has been growing rapidly in recent years thanks to declines in the cost of the technology that enable it to compete with power generated by coal and gas.

Even so, just 3% of U.S. electricity is now generated by the sun. SEIA hopes that will rise to 20% over the next decade, as demand for home installation soars due to the work from home culture, that has led to many homeowners to source for cheaper and cleaner sources of energy.

Rooftop Solar Photovoltaic installation

The solar bounce back is especially a positive for many that lost their jobs due to the pandemic, Before COVID-19, an estimated 3.4 million Americans across 50 states and the District of Columbia worked in clean energy occupations. According to E2’s Clean Jobs America report, that’s more people working in the real estate, banking or agriculture industries and three times the number of Americans with jobs in fossil fuels. In fact, at the start of 2020, the American Council on Renewable Energy predicted that employers would be adding more than 175,000 green energy jobs.

But when the pandemic hit in March, more than 106,000 U.S. clean energy workers lost their jobs. Fast-forward just two months, and that number climbed to an astounding 447,208. With the resounding bounce back, more than 80,000 jobs were added back to the industry. We can confidently say that the worst is over for the solar industry, more especially with vaccines on the market. This is by no means saying the industry is out of the weeds, the road to recovery is still significant

Congrats to Joe Biden

We would like to congratulate Vice President Joe Biden and his running mate Senator Kamala Harris on their election victory. This election win is more than just a historic one, but a good one for all renewable energy companies both American and foreign.

Having served in the senate for 36 years, Vice President Biden, now President-elect, has been a champion for green energy to be accessible and used by as many people around the globe as possible, not only Americans. He has demonstrated this by having a lifetime environmental voting score of 83% from the league of conservation voters. He understands the importance of having clean, affordable energy accessible to help in improving the world’s economy and uplifting the lives of the many vulnerable people.

With the USA being one of the world’s biggest economy, we are delighted at the potential of them rejoining the global climate leadership under the incoming administration.

We agree with The Solar Energy Industries (SEIA) CEO Abigail Ross Hopper who said a Biden presidency would “advance clean energy incorporating environmental justice”, while American Council on Renewable Energy (Acore) CEO Greg Wetstone called the election “historic” and one that would create “the clean energy future that Americans want, and scientists say we need”.  Liz Burdock, CEO of the Business Network for Offshore Wind, also suggested the victory was a “vote for a future that focuses on climate change solutions and reengaging on the international stage.”

We wish President elect Joe Biden and Senator Kamala Harris all the best in the task ahead of them, as we look forward to a green and bright future.

Solar Power systems Simplified.

What is a Solar power system?

Many people today have an idea of what the answer to the question is due how popular this source of energy has become in the recent years. Simply put, a solar power system is a system that turns light energy from the sun into electricity by using photovoltaic solar cells. (Commonly known as solar panels).

Light from the sun hits the solar panels, that turn the light energy into electric energy (Direct current (DC)) which we then use to power our appliances. The majority of our appliances we have in our homes use Alternating current (AC) to operate. So, to benefit from solar energy, we need to convert that harnessed DC current to AC current. To do this, we pass the DC current into a device called an inverter to convert the current to AC. When the DC current is converted to AC current, we then use it to power all our devices that require alternating current to work.

One might ask at this point, what about the batteries, what do we need them for? The batteries are used to store energy for use when there is little or no sunlight to produce more energy, like on a cloudy day or night time. So, when building a system, the batteries are always positioned before the inverter so as to charge them with DC current before its converted to AC current.

 Why is this?

Alternating current (as by its name) is fluctuating current. That means it changes from positive to negative direction at a certain frequency. If we take the average of this fluctuation, we end up with a zero current. That means, simply put, after charging your battery you will end up with a zero-power battery. The only type of current a battery can hold is a DC type of current because it is constant.

Seems complicated? Ask our specialist at www.deltacron.com/contact-us to make it clear for you.

What type of solar systems are there, and which one should I pick for my house or office building?

There are two types of solar energy systems;

  1. Off-Grid Solar System: – this is the type of system which allows the user to be 100% free from the utility grid. This system allows you to produce all your electric energy on-site and store the extra energy for later use. With an off-grid system, you will need to have a battery storage system (or commonly known as a battery bank) to store your electric energy to be used when there isn’t any sunlight.
  2. On-grid Solar System: – this type of system is also known as grid-tied system, as it is tied to the local electric grid. With an on-grid system, the user ends up using both electric energy from the grid and the one from their own solar system. This is commonly used in areas that have very stable supply of electricity by the local distribution companies (LDC). The user usually gets a rebate for the extra electricity they produce, because the excess electricity is usually sent back into the electric grid for others to use, hence reversing their utility meter. This type of system does not require one to have a battery bank as their local grid acts as one.

So, when choosing which system is best for you, one has to look at the circumstances their area of residence puts them in. If you are in rural area or an area with unreliable or no electricity supply at all, an off-grid system would be the best choice. If one is in an area with constant but unclean or expensive supply of electricity, then and on-grid system would be good for them.

For more help with choosing the type of system for your needs, our team of experts are available for a free consultation at https://www.deltacron.com/contact-us

What size of a system do I need?

Another big hurdle that people that want to go solar have is deciding the size of system they should install for themselves. Briefly put, when sizing your system, one has to look at what appliances they want to power in their home, their required power to run (Wattage) and for how long, on average, they want to run them. First, the wattage of many appliances is written at their back. Once this is known, it is multiplied by the average time of use per day. This is done for every appliance in the home, and the total added. This is the total required power per day. A simple structure of calculating is given in the table below:

Appliance Name Wattage (W) Time of use per day in hours (T) Daily Watt hour
1 (E.g. TV) Can be found at the back   How long is tv watched in the house T x W
2 (E.g. Computer) Can be found at the back   How long the computer is used T x W
      Total Daily watt hour for all appliances  

The total Daily watt hour for all appliances is the energy your solar system is required to produce per day. With this information your system should be designed to produce this much energy.

For more on the detailed calculations and system design, contact us at https://www.deltacron.com/contact-us

How has Covid-19 affected you?

Most businesses/industries are closed, meaning less demand on the grid for most countries. How will renewable energy be a factor in how we come out of this Covid-19 era, as demand for power increases when industries get back online?
Do you have a small renewable energy business, has your business been affected by covid-19, or are you thinking of starting one, but don’t know how? Share your story with us on our various social media platforms. Together we will come out strong.

Covid-19, Message from Deltacron

As the COVID-19 situation continues to evolve, we hope our clients, partners, friends and colleagues around the world are safe and healthy during these times.

We at Deltacron will continue serving our clients, as we understand that during times like these, the demand for energy, especially clean energy, is more than usual.

In light of the recent preventative measures taken by Public Health, the City of Ottawa/ province of Ontario and our community, we want to assure our clients and colleagues that we too are taking extraordinary measures to help flatten the curve.

Moving forward, until further notice, we have decided to have our team work remotely so as to encourage social distance. We have suspended all site visits and onsite consultations. All of our current projects have been suspended till further notice.

Clients, both new and existing, are encouraged to contact us through email, phone, video conference and/or social media should they require our assistance.

Despite the situation that has befallen almost the entire world, we will do our best to be there for our esteemed clients in a responsible and safe way. Together we will defeat this virus.

Stay safe

The Deltacron Team
Deltacron Tech Inc.
info@deltacron.com
www.deltacron.com

Own a cottage, live in the outskirts?

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Win a 1Kw Off-grid Complete system! Free Free Free!

To encourage more people to go Solar, and also appreciate those that have already done so, We at Deltacron are giving away a 1Kw complete off-grid system. This system includes:
Inverter: 1.5Kw

Solar Panels : 4 X 250W rated

Controller: 24v/30amp

Battery Bank: 200Ah (2 x100Ah)

All Necessary Connection wires
How can you win this give away..?? Simple! Like/share our page on Facebook or Twitter then write to us telling us what changes you have made in your lifestyle to help save our environment. Elaborate on why those changes, no matter how small, will make a difference in helping maintaining a clean environment. (500 words max)
The winner will be published on our page together with their story. To find out more information, get in touch with us.
*This package does not include installation and/or Shipping cost. 

Let us go green together!

Industry urges streamlining of process of connecting to the grid

The Doug Ford government cancelled 759 green energy projects in June, 738 of them solar projects, citing the high cost of electricity. Representatives of Ontario’s solar industry say solar has the potential to be the cheapest power. 

Since the Ontario government cancelled more than 738 solar rooftop projects earlier this year, the solar industry has been urging the government to create a new free-market regulatory regime in the province.

All but the largest projects are on hold until the red tape that surrounds connecting to the grid in Ontario can be trimmed or eliminated, according to John Gorman, president of the Canadian Solar Industries Association.

Concerned about the cost of Ontario electricity, the Doug Ford government cancelled 759 solar and wind projects in June and ended the Green Energy Act — which was paying higher rates for renewable energy that was fed into the provincial grid — in December.

The previous Liberal government’s feed-in tariff for renewable electricity offered contracts at a fixed price above market rates in an effort to encourage the building of renewable systems — starting at 80 cents per KW/h for the first to sign such contracts in 2009, with the amount offered gradually reduced to about 22 cents.

That’s still higher than the rate actually paid by Ontario residents, which ranges from seven to 18 cents per KW/h. 

But Gorman argues solar has the potential to be the cheapest power on offer, if the process of connecting to the grid can be streamlined.

Other provinces

The solar industry remains very active in markets like Alberta, where there is a simple regime for net metering — or selling off extra power that is not being used.

Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Nova Scotia have all made progress in strengthening and streamlining net metering, Gorman said. Ontario has yet to catch up.

“We’re moving to a free market where everyone has the right to connect,” he says. “It can either be simple or very difficult.”

Currently Ontario has about 60 municipal and regional utilities. Each has a different process and contract to connect a solar system to the grid — contracts of up to 80 pages that can take months to implement.

The solar industry is out to change that.

“There is a real urgency to do this. The government wants to help farmers and homeowners save on electricity. This is a way of building capacity that does not draw on the tax base,” Gorman said.

Who’s losing out?

That’s because the capital cost of building solar systems falls to the private sector or homeowner — not Ontario Power Generation, which already has high debt charges from its nuclear system.

The owner of the solar system either gets a rebate on their electrical bill, or is reimbursed by their local utility, for feeding power into the grid.

The construction workers and technicians who put solar panels on roofs moved on to other work and weren’t greatly hurt by the cancellation of so many contracts this June, Gorman said. 

But the First Nations, non-profits, municipal buildings, schools and homeowners who had planned to add rooftop solar were left without the opportunity to cut their electricity costs.

Fidel Reijerse, president of Resco Energy in Toronto, says these kinds of electricity users could benefit from a simplified net metering program in Ontario.

“Only the large projects are able to handle the bureaucratic burden and are able to move forward,” he said.

“A large swath of customers have been discouraged by regulation — everyone from the small business to the homeowner wanting solar on the roof.”

Fidel Reijerse of Resco Energy says only large rooftop projects on industrial and commercial buildings are going ahead, because of the cost and delays involved in connecting to the grid. (Resco Energy)

Reijerse says the Ontario government seems receptive to the idea of simplifying rules and regulations around solar — the Ford government campaigned this year on cutting red tape.

He said the industry has been lobbying several Ontario ministries, but primarily the premier’s office.

“In the solar industry, we don’t require money, just a change of regulations,” he said.

Writing off capital costs

One recent step forward is that Ontario has aligned with the federal tax regime that allows writeoff of the capital costs of a solar system in a single year.

“That is a help, but only for a certain segment of the market,” Reijerse said. “You have to be a profitable Canadian company with a building where you use energy. Non-profits can’t take advantage or pension funds.”

So a 500 KW  system on a flat roof of an industrial building might find it is profitable to go forward.

But it doesn’t help the homeowner who wants rooftop solar.

Gorman said Ontario discourages third-party ownership — where a third party pays the capital costs of solar installation, in return for a portion of the proceeds.

“The homeowner is limited by their ability to borrow and they pay higher borrowing costs,” he said.

He said such systems have the potential to cut electricity costs for low-income homeowners.

Courtesy of Susan Noakes · CBC News

Summer products at DeltaCron.

Summer is is here and it’s almost time to pull out those camp chairs, swimsuits and above all, the chilled drinks on the beach!
We are proud to bring to you our latest addition to our solar products, The Solar Powered Cooler!
This portable 25 litre cooler has a temperature range of +10 to -20 degrees celsius. With its in-built custom made Samsung lithium battery, it can work with no external power for up-to 12 hours on a single charge. This battery can be charged in 3 ways; 12V car charge, 120/220V wall charge and Solar power from its attached 100W solar panels. This feature alone, makes its the only cooler on the market that can run constantly in an area that completely has no grid power.
Made from recyclable material, this portable cooler comes in at a gross weight of 10.6Kg and a net weight of 8.2Kg! Its patent pending “Stand Alone” portable solar technology makes its second to non, as there is nothing like this on the market.
With this cooler, you can surely forget about the price of ice at the gas station this summer, and the many more summers to come!
At Deltacron, we will continue to bring to you products that are environmentally friendly coupled with the latest technology!