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Solar For Homeowners

Bulk Buy  Solar Panel Options for Neighbours, Friends, and Families

*We Are Not Currently Accepting New Applicants For The Bulk Buy Program*

Let us know about your property and if you have other who are interested in the process, and ask us any questions you have solar energy or solar panel installation.

1. Send an Inquiry

Next, we do a free, no-obligation cost estimate to evaluate your property size and site needs. 

2. Receive a Free Quote

Bulk Buy projects need at least 200 kW or approximately 25 houses for installation to begin. If you have friends, family, or neighbours in your area who are interested, have them get in touch with us to schedule their free assessment.

3. Get Your Community Involved

Now's the exciting part! Have an analysis done, receive a firm price quote, and schedule an installation day. Enjoy your new green energy source and  freedom from rising energy costs!

4. Ready for Install

How It Works

Bulk Buy solar panels are a great option for any groups that share an interest in sustainable energy and are looking to lower their energy bills. Homes do not have to be in the same neighbourhood, but must be in the same region. By purchasing panels in bulk homeowners can install a full solar PV system at a lower cost. We work with Viridian Energy Co-operative to purchase the panels and install them on each home. Installations are scheduled through Viridian and take 1-2 days to complete. Homeowners installing solar systems are likely eligible for rebates through federal and provincial funding.

  • How can do I sign up for a free property assessment?
    Applying for a free assessment is easy. Fill out the Prospect Project Inquiry Form below and we will contact you to discuss your project in more detail and arrange a site visit. Click below to download the prospect project inquiry form. Email your completed form to info@islandsolarcoop.ca or mail to Island Community Solar Co-op, 353 Seventh Street, Nanaimo BC, V9R 1E3.
  • Who maintains the system after installation?
    ICSC maintains the solar PV system until completion of the lease. This includes routine cleaning or snow removal if required, as well as replacement of any equipment that fails during the lease period. In addition, ICSC monitors the solar PV system output to ensure it is delivering as much electricity as possible at all times.
  • What types of businesses are best for solar?
    Our clients are aligned with the ICSC mission and vision and want to go solar. They are typically long-term BC Hydro residential or small general service business customers that stay in one place and consume in excess of 33,000 kWh of electricity per year. They also have the regular cash flow required to pay their electricity bill in full but don’t have the significant savings set aside to cover the upfront cost of a large solar PV system. Our client outreach includes rural communities, First Nations and businesses/organizations that serve these communities. If this describes you or your business/organization, please contact us; we would love to explore if our solar leasing program would work for you!
  • Is my building suitable for a solar panel system?
    Some of the key factors required for a successful solar panel system include southern roof exposure with no or low shading, long remaining roof lifetime and long remaining building life (solar PV systems typically last for more than 20 years). We will do a free site visit to assess your location to ensure you meet the requirements for a solar PV system.
  • Does each home on a Bulk Buy list need an assessment?
    All interested homeowners will need their home to be assessed to ensure it is a suitable candidate for a solar panel system.
  • Does Vancouver Island get enough sun for solar?
    Surprisingly to some, Vancouver Island is a great choice for solar panel systems. Most of the Island receives enough sunlight to make solar energy a viable and environmentally-conscious choice. Solar technology is also continuously improving, meaning more effective systems and less sunlight needed.
  • Who installs the solar panels?
    We’ve partnered with Viridian Energy Co-operative for the purchase and installation of all solar panel systems. Viridian has been providing consulting and installation services for solar power systems across Vancouver Island since 2012.
  • What are the benefits of solar systems for homeowners?
    Switching to solar energy comes with many benefits, but here are some of the top reasons homeowners make the switch: Protection against rising energy costs Lessening the household’s environmental impact Ability to shift away from relying on energy imported from BC’s mainland Availability of grants to reimburse system costs
  • Will the system need to be cleared in the event of snow?
    In the event of sustained periods of heavy snow, it will be important to ensure your panels are clear and able to receive sunlight.
  • Will solar panels affect the value of my home?
    In most cases, solar panels will increase the value of your home. Many buyers see a solar panel PV system as an added benefit or upgrade to the home.
  • How do I start a Bulk Buy list and how can my friends/family/neighbours join?
    To start a Bulk Buy list, get in touch with us using this form or send an email to info@islandsolarcoop.ca. If you or any of your project partners have questions, please reach out to us at any time.
  • What happens if there's a problem with the system?
    Our partners at Viridian Energy Co-operative, through which panels will be purchased and installed, will provide you with a warranty. For more information about warranty coverage, contact Viridian directly.
  • Is my home suitable for a solar panel system?
    There are many factors to consider when installing a solar panel system, but the starting steps are to look at the location of the home and the age of the roof. Solar panels need to be on a roof that is free of nearby obstacles like trees or other buildings that may cause shade. It is also necessary that the roof has southern exposure to ensure it will receive enough sunlight. As solar panel systems have a long lifespan (25-30 years), ICSC requires the home that the solar PV system is mounted on to last as long, or longer, than the life of the system.

Ready to Get Started with Solar?

If you're ready to schedule a free property assessment and quote, or have questions about the process, use the form to get in touch.

Please note that we are not currently accepting new applicants for our Bulk Buy Program.

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