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Go with Solar Power in Qualicum & Nanaimo

As a member of BC Hydro’s Power Smart Alliance, Collins Electric is making the region’s residential and commercial properties more energy efficient — not to mention saving many of them a bundle of money through rebates! We also offer some of the latest monitoring equipment for use with the area’s residential properties.


Collins Electric provides complete solar panel installations and repairs for residential and commercial properties in Qualicum, Nanaimo, Coombs, Parksville and the surrounding areas. Ask us about bringing solar power to your property — call Collins Electric today!


How Does Solar Power Work?

When sunlight reaches the photovoltaic (PV) cells of a solar panel, it causes the electrons within the silicon atoms to get “excited” and achieve a higher energy level. The excess energy formed by these “excited crystals” are converted to direct current (DC) electricity and converted again into alternating current (AC) electricity for use within your home.


Electricity generated by your solar panels can be used directly, stored for later use or released back into the electrical grid.


Net Metering with BC Hydro

Have you ever dreamed of your hydro paying you and not the other way around? It’s possible with the BC Hydro’s Net Metering Program. When you have excess energy from your solar panels or alternative energy source, you can participate in BC Hydro’s Net Metering Program and receive credits for the electricity you put back into the grid. Visit the BC Hydro Net Metering Program webpage to learn more about this opportunity.

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