Go Solar Guidebook

The Clean Air Foundation's Go Solar
program produced a guidebook, with
funding from the Ontario Ministry of
Energy and Infrastructure that gives
homeowners a background on solar
energy. To keep the guidebook current,
the Clean Air Foundation has agreed to
post the content here so that solar
stakeholders can continue to update it.

1 Introduction

1.1 So you want to Go Solar?

1.2 Is Solar Energy Right for Me?

1.3 The Value ande Challenges of Solar

1.4 What the Government of Ontario is Doing to Help

2 Are we Solar Ready?

2.1 Your Solar OptionsConduct a Solar Audit of Your Home

2.2 Learn What a Solar System Can Do For You

2.2.1 What Can a Solar Water Heater Do For Me?

2.2.2 What Can a Solar Pool Heater Do For Me?

2.2.3 What Can a Photovoltaic (PV) System Do For Me?

2.3 Making the Investment

2.3.1 Costs and Benefits

2.3.2 The Value of Solar

3 What Do I need to Do?

3.1 First Steps

3.2 Perform an ecoENERGY Audit

3.3 Do Your Research

3.4 How to Choose an Installer

3.5 How to Get Permits & Inspections

3.5.1 A list of permits, approvals and inspections needed and short description:

4 Planning Ahead- What is Available For Solar Homes?

4.1 Incentives and Rebates

4.1.1 Government Rebates for Solar Hot Water

4.2 Provincial Retail Sales Tax Rebate

4.3 Home Renovation Tax Credit

4.4 Feed-In Tariff for Photovoltaic Systems

4.5 Net Metering versus Standard Offer Contract

4.6 Challenges You May Run Into

4.6.1 Connecting to the Grid

5 Who to consult for Advice?

5.1 Resources

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