All sites are not created equal. While the full benefits of passive solar can only be gained with an unobstructed southern exposure, many sites offer less. Of course, solar is only one consideration, and not necessarily the most important. To get the most out of it, you will have to plan your site.
In 2014, several Saint Mary's University Business students did a study on the needs of Solar Nova Scotia members and potential members.
This objective was addressed by gathering, consolidating and presenting input from members and interested parties, then gathering ideas and gaining commitments to action. These were achieved by using a digital survey followed by an in person presentation and workshop.
You can find examples of the following solar energy systems in Nova Scotia.
- Thermal Hot Air
- Thermal Hot Water
- Electricity (Photovoltaic)
- On Grid
- Off Grid
For more detailed information about the above forms of solar energy please see the case studies
The link below is a Thermal case study in PowerPoint format
This spreadsheet shows a case study of Solar Thermal Space and Domestic Hot Water.
- 2017 Annual General Meeting
- ACOA’s Clean Technology Initiative
- Job Posting: Clean Energy Advisor
- Net Zero presentation by Shawna Henderson
- Dalhousie College of Sustainability public lectures
By Jeff Harrop
Ground is the earth and where voltages over 50 volts must be referenced from. This includes DC (Direct Current) and AC (alternating current) voltages. In order to do this we have a connection to the earth for each power system installed on a premise. It can be a set of driven rods, a plate, the copper water piping system, or a well casing.
The photovoltaic panels have lethal potential voltages and therefore must be bonded to the grounding system to protect people from live voltages from energizing the metal framework of the panels.