FAQs

1. Do we have to remove snow or leaves?

No, we do enough of that on the ground already. The system is built for all seasons. No day-to-day maintenance is required.

2. Will the solar system affect or harm my roof in any way?

No, our Solar panels will do no harm to your roof in any way while acting as further protection against any snow or rainfall.

3. How long will the solar panels last?

Our solar panels are guaranteed to last for the duration of the 20 year contract and will continue to run after the contracted deal at above 80% efficiency rate for extra 20 to 25 years.

4. How long will it take to have the system installed?

If you decided to participate in the micro-FIT program, simply provide us with all the information we need, a small amount of deposit (fully refundable up to a certain point). Then we’ll apply on your behalf to participate in the microFIT project. Once approved, we’ll schedule for measurements and installation. The whole process will take about 9-13 weeks.

5. What if the application failed?

Usually the IESO will make the decision within 2 months. Under the rare circumstance that the proposal is rejected, your deposit will be fully refunded.

6. What if the government cancels and/or lowers the tariff?

The 20 year contract you sign with the government is guaranteed to remain the same throughout the contract so even if there are changes, it does not affect your revenue.

7. What is microFIT program?

The microFIT program is a renewable energy initiative launched by the Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) to increase the generation of renewable energy in Ontario. This program allows home owners to sell solar energy generated by their homes to the IESO. See our section about the micro-FIT program (under “Residential”) for more details!

8. What is Yalu Energy’s relation to the microFIT program?

We are an IESO compliant vendor, which means we know exactly what it takes to get you on board with the microFIT program.

9. What is solar PV?

Solar PV stands for Solar Photovoltaics, a technology that converts sunlight into electricity. A rooftop solar PV system is a system that consists of solar panels that are installed on the roof to convert sunlight into electricity.

10. What is IESO?

IESO stands for Independent Electricity System Operator which was established in 2004 by the Ontario government.

11. What is LDC?

LDC stands for Local Distribution Company. This is the company to which you pay your electricity bill.

12. What is ROI?

ROI stands for Return On Investment. For example, if you invest $100 and get interest of $3 every year, then the ROI is 3%.

13. What is the cost of maintenance?

The system comes with one year labour warranty. The solar panels come with a  25 years performance warranty. Other major components of the solar panel system also have their own individual manufacturer’s warranty as well. These warranties are what make’s Yalu Energy’s solar panel system worry-free investment. If that is not enough, extended labour warranty is also available to cover the life of the contract at an amazing low price $2000 – which is definitely a steal!

14. Can I replace the shingles after the system is installed?

Yes. But the panels need to be taken down first, and put back on after the shingles have been replaced. Since the solar panels are built on top of the shingles, they naturally form an extra protection for anything underneath. If your shingles are near the end of their lifespan, it is recommended to replace the shingles before installing the solar system. However, do not let the unknown hold you back for your incredible investment. Solar reinstall price will be $350/watt as per proposals. Even better, you don’t have to decide now. You can make your choice anytime within 5 years of system completion.

15. What if the house is sold?

The IESO contract is transferrable to the new owner. Also, according to National Renewable Energy Lab, homes with solar panels sold 20% faster at 3-4% higher than the asking price.

16. What is the return on investment?

You are guaranteed a 10% ROI based on the cumulative average from the first 5 years cumulative average. But based on historical data, the ROI can be as high as 15%, which means up to $100,000 of return in 20 years.

17. How long will it take to break even?

It will typically take less than 7 years to break even. More importantly, you would have saved 185 tons of CO2 (carbon dioxide) or over 4,700 trees by the end of the program. Don’t forget, after the 20 years, the system is still at 80% full capacity, which means you’ll continue to help the environment for a long while!

18. Is the income taxable?

Yes, there are many tax benefits, however we recommend that you speak with your accountant for more details since we are not the subject matter experts when it comes to individual tax matters.

19. How much does a system cost?

Depending on the system size, the system can be yours from as little as $20000. 

20. How do I earn money with my solar system?

The Government’s new microFIT program allows you to generate solar energy on your rooftop while then selling it to the government for profit.

21. What does the insurance cover?

We carry a minimum limit of liability of $2,000,000.