If you want to do solar because you think it is a great way to invest in a sustainable home and get a reliable financial return then you can look at connecting to Fortis BC and installing a grid interconnected solar power system. Fortis BC is quite happy with its customers doing this. Depending on the size and demands in your future house, you could generate most or all of your home’s annual electricity needs with solar and Fortis will act as a very big storage battery. In trade, Fortis gets to take your extra summer sunshine electons that you don’t use and sell them to your neighbours at .15 cents a kilowatt-hour with no line loss or extra transmission line maintenance.
That should be enough for you to think about. If you want to go with a solar installation for off-grid I would recommend a ground or pole mount you can clear of snow most easily. Some systems also allow for adjusting the tilt seasonally. If you are building the house in a location with good solar exposure do not settle on a house design that is ignorant of the solar potentials on the roof. No chimneys, dormers, or vent pipes in the middle or south sides of the main roof space, flat, south, SE or SW facing. I am very disappointed with architects that don’t get a solar home means they need a space that is unobstructed from shadows.
If I hear from you that you are interested in going solar I will give you a chart to fill out with your anticipated loads and hours of use per day in the wintertime when solar is critically short in supply and you are generator reliant. For a new build, I will also encourage you to pay me for consulting either with your architect or maybe you on some general house design principles for an energy-efficient home that can utilize solar energy in several ways. You do not need titled home energy experts to get you into energy-efficient designs and systems. Next, I would like to visit the property and discuss solar array siting potentials and from this information, I can get you a detailed quote for the cost. For this more extensive investment of my time and resources, I do charge. I hope it is of value to you and aids in your decision making.
I am looking forward to hearing from you,
New Denver, BC