We’re REALLY into SOLAR
Kip is into solar PV because he wants to push change. While solar energy is rapidly expanding in most areas of the world, Western Canada is really just starting to realize its potential as the cost of solar electric has dramatically declined. The future of our civilization is dependent on its populations make more informed choices in regard to how to use resources. Solar it not in itself going to resolve climate change, but it is a functional part in suite of solutions that include living a less resource intensive lifestyle.
We continue to provide expertise and experience to our local region in a rapidly evolving technology. Kip has completed training for Advanced PV design and Installation with Solar Energy International in 2006 and was certified by CanSIA for solar hot water installing in 2008. Continuing with live dealer trainings and webinars are also part of his way to keep up with the evolving components used to fuel the solar revolution.
Oso Solar sources top quality hardware as locally as possible. It seems like that is getting harder every year as the industry changes and manufacturing is focused in South Asia. Now the nearest module manufacturers are in Minnesota and Ontario. The nearest off-grid inverter makers are in Washington State and grid-tied inverters are made in Europe. We go out of our way to source products from countries where labour laws an environmental ethics are stronger. Often this also means Canada has a better and more durable relationship with these countries so warranties are most likely to be honoured in the future. This sets us apart from most BC solar contractors.
Besides our long view in this industry, what makes Oso Solar different is we are local to the West Kootenay region and not a franchised installer where the profits leave the local area. When you are looking for a solar company to do business with, check where their home address is. Solar and food farming for our community is what we do. We live and work with solar energy everyday to run the office, home and business. We know what hardware is out there and how to get you the best fit for your needs. We also know how to design solar systems and direct our certified electrical associates on best practices. It is more than just a few wires. There is a lot to consider in sizing and merging of components to optimize performance and save on costs. We consult with you to get you the solar hardware that fits your needs and your budget. There is a difference between our work and getting your electrician to find some solar and install it and we can almost certainly get a better price from our large suite of suppliers across North America.
We partner with Bowick Electric, of Nelson and Intrinsic Electric, of Kaslo. Both of these electrical contractors have had their hands into solar wiring with us for as many as 13 years.