Systems generating electricity
Systems collecting solar thermal energy
The maximum capacity of renewable electrical generating systems varies depending on your lot and the electrical infrastructure serving it. Many residential properties in Whitehorse and other Yukon towns have a limit of 5kW for the inverter (the array may be larger). The Micro-generation program allows up to 50kW systems for lots with a higher limit.
The cost per watt installed ranges from $2.75-4.00 for grid-tied residential installations and costs range from $1.75-3.50 per installed watt for larger grid-tied systems. Battery-based (off-grid) systems cost 2-4 times that of grid-tied systems due to the high cost of batteries and other additional components such as charge controllers and back-up generators.
Yukoners can expect to generate about 900-1,100 kWh of energy per year for every 1 kW of system capacity installed. For example a home with a 5 kW system will generate an estimated 4,500-5,500 kWh per year. That is about 50% of the average Yukon household annual consumption, assuming no electric heat. Download our solar calculator to estimate savings.
For grid-tied systems, once you become a client of the Micro-generation Program, your surplus energy is sold back to the grid. For a home with a 5 kW system this could amount to $300-800 annually. Download our solar calculator to estimate payments for your surplus energy generation.