Mr Beam’s Blog

October 15, 2018

Fall is in the air! We’re getting excited about the turning of the seasons, waking up to a crispness in the air, watching the brightly coloured leaves fall, and picking the last of our gardens. This fall, we are very excited to be attending the Edmonton Fall Home Show from October 26 – 28 at […]

September 17, 2018

While we love installing solar panels, we also love seeing the new and innovative ways others are using them! Check out some of our favourite ways solar is being put to work! 1. Solar Device Charging From solar powered bobble heads, to solar powered battery packs, solar is a convenient way to keep charged on […]

August 6, 2018

For this week’s blog we wanted to give a shout-out to the City of Edmonton Change Homes for Climate Solar Program. Essentially, the program offers Edmontonians an additional municipal rebate to help reduce the costs of going solar. By combining municipal and provincial solar rebates, you can save up to 30% of the cost of […]

July 23, 2018

Consumed by local solar events, it is easy to forget how global industry trends can also affect us. The US tariffs on the solar industry, for example, are a powerful reminder of the global economy and how closely tied we really are. With so much going on in the world of solar, we decided to […]

July 16, 2018

How long will solar panels last? When deciding whether or not to buy and install solar panels, cost is a major factor. You want to make sure you are getting the best bang for your buck. A major part of that is the durability and reliability of your solar panels. Why would you spend $10,000 […]

July 9, 2018

Solar energy is an attractive option for many homeowners and business owners. The idea of reducing electricity bills, supporting sustainable practices, and increasing home equity are just a few of the great features of going solar. But how much does it cost? We get it. We don’t like spending more money than we must either. […]

July 2, 2018

MYTH: Solar can’t power my home Without a huge solar PV system and battery bank – you are right. Grid-tied systems, however, don’t have to. How a grid tied system works In a grid tied system, you are not actually powering your own home. You are producing power to send to the electrical grid which […]

June 18, 2018

Okay, I’m in. How do I evaluate solar quotes? What is qualified vs. Fly by night The first thing to examine or look for when you are seeking a contractor to install your solar panels is their reputation and credibility. It is unfortunate, but true, that there are some contractors who start company’s, obtain contracts, […]

May 28, 2018

While we are super excited and strongly support the Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) program, some crucial changes are needed in legislation to ensure the PACE program works as effectively as possible for Albertan’s. What can I do? Write a letter! PACE Alberta has a very easy to edit document (letter template) that you can […]

May 21, 2018

What is a Solar Panel? We keep hearing about renewable energy, and how solar panels can help home owners reduce their carbon footprint and save (or even make) money. But what are solar panels, solar cells, solar modules and solar photovoltaic systems? There are so many words associated with solar that it can be a […]