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Check out real-time production data from systems in Nova Scotia
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This page shows how we calculate savings for a solar system in Nova Scotia ♥

Assumptions: Graphs are based on a 9.75 kW system (30 * LG325 watt panels paired with Enphase iQ7 micro inverters) priced at $24,300 (installation cost included but not including HST, an escalation rate of 3.6% annually, a rebate amount of $/watt DC totaling $9,750 and a panel degradation rate of 0.5% annually. Azimuth 180 degrees + 25 degree slope with losses of 12.7% spread over several factors such as shading, soiling, snow, DC to AC ratio etc... Production estimates taken from the NREL's PV Watts API (National Renewable Energy Lab).
Payback Period Chart

How long until I get my money back?

To figure this out we take the total amount of energy produced each year by your solar system multiplied by the cost per kWh from the utility company. By knowing the value of the power produced each year we can figure out how many years it will take for the system to pay for itself.

The amount of power that your system produces will decrease over time, generally at a rate of 0.5% annually (the panels are warrantied against degrading faster than this). The value of the power that your system produces will increase over time. Historically the electricity rates have increased by 3.6% annually in Nova Scotia and we predict they will continue at this rate.
The Calculation
To get the exact payback period you would need to multiply the kWh production for each year in the system's lifespan (25 - 35 years) factoring in the 0.5% degradation rate by the corresponding year's utility rate factoring in a linear increase in the value of power (we use 3.6%). Once you have a value for each year for the next 25 years take the sum and divide it by the number of years. This will give you the average value of power produced for the system's lifespan. Divide the net cost of the system by that figure to get your payback period in years.

We calculated the total savings over 25 years for this system and got $66,349.99, averaging $2,653.99 per year.

Net Cost With Rebate (Including HST): $16,732.50 | Payback period = 6.3 years | Net Cost Without Rebate (Including HST): $27,945.00 | 10.5 years
What will be my offset?
In other words, how much power will I have left to buy from my utility company?

To figure this out we take the estimated yearly kWh production of your solar system and divide it by your total yearly kWh usage. The result is an offset percentage, i.e. how much of your total electricity consumption that will be met by your solar system. This graph shows an offset of 78% because the system is estimated to produce 11,839.54 kWhs each year and the home owner spends an average of $200 per month on electricity. $200 per month is 15,000 kWhs per year.

11839 / 15000 = 78%.

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This graph shows the value of the power generated by the system at every 5 year interval for the next 25 years. The value of the power produced nearly doubles in that time period even after accounting for degradation.

Assumptions

  • NSP’s rate will increase by 3.6% yearly,
  • Your solar panels will degrade at a linear rate of 0.5% yearly,
  • For graphs and calculations a 30 panel (9.75 kW) micro inverter system with a 180 degree azimuth and 25 degree slope was used (HRM, NS)

Why Assume?

  • Historically, provincial power rates have increased by an average of 3.6% annually,
  • 3% annual increase is conservative and matches inflation,
  • Industry analysts anticipate the rate to be $0.25/kWh by 2030.

Estimating the rate escalation isn’t easy. We can only go with our best predictions.

Value increase over time
More food for thought
Currently NS residents receive a rebate of 66.6% of the HST that they pay for their power. That means that they are paying 5% HST instead of 15%. When you are replacing power that you would normally purchase from the utility company with green power that you have produced yourself you need to factor this in. Not only do you not pay for the kWhs that your system produces, you also don’t pay tax on it. So you can add 5% to all projected earnings based on: rate multiplied by kWhs produced (this has not been factored into our graphs and calculations). So is a dollar saved a dollar earned? With a solar system, not quite. When your system produces $1 worth of electricity, you have saved yourself from having to spend that dollar, meaning you've earned a dollar - tax free. In the real world you have to make more than a dollar to earn a dollar, sometimes significantly more. Food for thought.

Calculate savings at your address!

Our advanced calculator uses The NREL's (National Renewable Energy Laboratory) dataset to predict savings

If power rates continue to escalate by 3.6% annually.

 
This system will produce
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And you still have ten years left on your warranty by this point.

The system is warrantied for 25 years.

With a payback period averaging 12 years, you can expect your solar system to have paid for itself more than 2 times over within its warrantied lifespan. Much less with the Efficiency Nova Scotia SolarHomes rebate!

Tangible savings you can count on.

The lengthy warranty guarantees your return on investment. Once the warranty is over, that doesn't mean your system will suddenly stop working. You can expect a good 25-45 years of good production.

Not often does saving money also lead to saving the environment. This (9.75 kW) system does the following each year.

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tree seedlings grown for 10 years

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Vehicles off the road for one year

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Gallons of Gas not consumed