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Impact of Ontario Budget on Solar NEM Economics

On November 5, 2020 the Ontario government released a delayed 2020 budget, Ontario’s Action Plan: Protect, Support Recover. The budget outlines a number of actions that the government will undertake to support individuals and families in light of the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic. 

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A Bird's Eye View - 2020 FIT Program Solar Construction

In 2020, during the pandemic, Compass helped to manage the construction of 4 separate 600 kW projects under Ontario's Feed-In-Tariff (FIT) program. For these projects, we utilized bi-facial modules (that can absorb sun from both sides of the panel) and Single Axis Trackers (trackers that rotate to follow the sun

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Economics of Solar Power in Canada

The Canada Energy Regulator (formerly the National Energy Board), published a report on the Economics of Solar Power in Canada (ESPC)[1] studying the financial viability of typical solar power projects in over 20,000 Canadian communities. While we’ve spoken quite a bit about the rapid drop in solar costs of the past

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Heading Into 2021: Technological Advancements in Solar

As we approach the end of 2020, solar remains in a state of constant innovation. Technological advances continue to improve as we find new ways to increase the conversion of light to electricity. Today, you can build a system with less panels, less labour, less wiring, and in a smaller footprint than you could a few

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Domestic Content Requirements: Are you prepared for an Audit?

The IESO's annual audit cycle is happening right now and we have just finished another round of audit support. Since audits never come with fair warning, now would be a good time to ensure your DC documents are in order.

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Bifacial Solar Panels Offer Lowest Levelized Cost of Energy for Solar

Bifacial PV is currently a hot trend in solar. While bifacial panels are still more expensive than traditional monofacial panels, they offer a significant increase to energy production in the right circumstances. This means a quicker payback and a lower Levelized Cost of Energy (LCOE) for the solar project. In fact, a

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Solar PV Today: Increased Lifetime & Decreased Operating Expenses

The Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory recently published a paper on Solar PV project life and Operating Expense trends (you can read the paper here) drawing on the findings from a 2019 survey of U.S. solar project developers, sponsors, financiers, and consultants. There were two major takeaways of the study: over

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How To Size a Solar Net Metering System For Your Business

 

You have made the decision to go solar. You want to reduce your costs, become more energy independent and reduce your carbon footprint. You have an available roof space, field, or parking area (i.e. solar canopy) that can be used to host your solar net metering system. Now you need to determine what is the right

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Everything you wanted to know about Solar in Commercial Real Estate... But were too afraid to ask!

In February 2020, Compass Energy Consulting's President, Jonathan Cheszes, delivered a presentation to Triovest Realty Advisors Inc. entitled "Everything You Wanted to Know About Solar PV in Commercial Real Estate... But were too afraid to ask!"

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Top 3 Technical Considerations While Installing Solar for Agriculture

So you’ve heard of the many benefits of generating your own energy on the farm and are considering building a solar system. That’s great news!

Agriculture operations are well-suited for solar generation. And with Net Metering, not only is solar good for your bottom line today, it will continue to improve as the cost

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