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We’ve gathered resources for valuable information on solar energy. Find articles, guides, and videos to empower your journey towards a greener future.

Nova Scotia Community Solar Toolkit

Efficiency Nova Scotia

Nova Scotia Power

Is Nova Scotia a good place for solar energy?

I'd like to be a solar contractor / carpenter / technician. What is my first step?

Homeowners Guide to Passive Solar Energy

Do I have to clean my solar panels?

What is the optimum tilt angle for my solar panels?

Solar Nova Scotia's "Discover Solar Presentation"


The solar industry is rapidly evolving and growing.

While Solar Nova Scotia is updating our publications and resources to educate Nova Scotians with the most up-to-date knowledge and data, please find below these guides from 2017-2019.


Assessment of the Atlantic Canada Solar Energy Industry (2018).


How to connect your solar system to the Nova Scotia Power grid (2019).


Nova Scotia Solar Prices & Productivity Report (2017 data).

Explore Our Glossary

Expand your solar energy vocabulary with our glossary. Find concise definitions of key terms to enhance your understanding of renewable energy concepts and terminology.

Technology that converts sunlight directly into electricity.

Device that captures sunlight and converts it into electrical energy.

A unit of energy representing one kilowatt of power used for one hour, commonly used to measure electricity consumption.

Billing mechanism crediting solar energy system owners for electricity they add to the grid.

Device that converts DC electricity from solar panels to AC electricity.

The gradual loss of efficiency and power output in solar panels over time, typically due to environmental factors and material wear.

A comprehensive assessment of a property’s energy needs and potential for solar energy production, including evaluation of current energy consumption, site conditions, and financial feasibility.

The power per unit area received from the Sun in the form of electromagnetic radiation, typically measured in watts per square meter (W/m²).

The total amount of solar energy received on a given surface area during a specific time period, usually expressed in kilowatt-hours per square meter per day (kWh/m²/day).

The ratio of the electrical output of a solar panel to the sunlight energy input, expressed as a percentage. It indicates how effectively a solar panel converts sunlight into usable electricity.

 Independent solar power setup not connected to the main electrical grid, often utilizing batteries for energy storage.

 A collection of interconnected solar panels that work together to generate electricity from sunlight.

Solar cells made by depositing one or more thin layers of photovoltaic material onto a substrate, offering flexibility and potentially lower manufacturing costs compared to traditional silicon-based solar cells.

 Financial or regulatory benefits provided to encourage the adoption of solar energy, such as tax credits, rebates, feed-in tariffs, net metering, or renewable energy certificates.

The number of hours per day when the sunlight intensity reaches or exceeds an average of 1,000 watts per square meter, representing the ideal conditions for solar energy generation.

Refers to all the components of a solar energy system apart from the solar panels, encompassing items such as inverters, mounting structures, wiring, batteries (if utilized), and other essential hardware and infrastructure required for installation and operation.

Agreement where solar panels are installed and maintained on a property for a regular fee, enabling access to solar energy without ownership or upfront costs.

Reduction of sunlight reaching solar panels or a property due to obstructions like trees, buildings, or other objects, which can decrease energy production or affect building comfort.

Mechanism that adjusts the orientation of solar panels throughout the day to maximize exposure to sunlight, enhancing energy production efficiency.

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