solar panel installation process

Solar power is one of the most sustainable and reliable energy sources today. And for homeowners in Calgary, installing a solar panel system can reduce their carbon footprint and substantially cut their electricity costs.

Yet many Calgary residents are unsure if solar panel installation is right for them. Fears of the cost, process, and time involved may make them hesitate. 

Here’s the good news: going solar has never been easier, and at Halat Electric, our team of expert solar electricians is here to provide you with all the information and help needed every step of the way.

The solar panel installation process typically consists of four steps: assessment, system design, installation, and activation. After a free consultation with our electricians, we’ll assess your home’s energy needs and the surrounding environment to determine which type of solar panel system is best for you.

Why Go Solar in Calgary?

Choosing solar energy offers homeowners in Calgary a variety of benefits. Here are just a few of the many that your solar neighbors are already enjoying:

A dramatic reduction in electricity bills: Solar panels are capable of producing enough energy to power an entire home. That means homeowners can save drastically on their electricity bills by taking advantage of free, renewable energy from the sun.

A safe and secure source of power: With a solar panel system installed in your home, you’ll never need to worry about blackouts or other disruptions in your electricity supply. You’ll be able to enjoy the peace of mind that comes with a dependable power source.

A boost in property value: Installing solar panels on your home can increase its market value, making it an attractive investment for potential buyers looking for energy efficiency and sustainability.

At Halat Electric, we are passionate about helping Calgary homeowners switch to solar energy. We provide all the services needed to make sure your solar panel system is designed, installed, and activated correctly, so you can start enjoying all the benefits of going solar right away!

The Solar Panel Installation Process

Are you thinking of going solar in Calgary? At Halat Electric, we make it easy. Here’s a look at what you can expect when you work with us:

1. Getting a Quote and System Design

The first step towards adopting solar power is understanding your unique needs and designing a system that suits them. This typically involves a consultation and home assessment to analyze things like your current electricity consumption and the size of your roof.

At Halat Electric, our seasoned experts conduct a comprehensive initial consultation, during which we assess your energy consumption patterns, discuss your goals and budget, and provide a detailed quote for a solar power system that caters to your needs.

We leverage our extensive experience and expertise to design efficient, cost-effective systems that are customized for each home. This means you’ll get the most out of your solar power system and enjoy maximum savings for years to come.

2. Applying for Permitting and Approval

Once you approve the quote, the next step involves securing permits from the local regulatory body to ensure your solar power system is compliant with all applicable laws and regulations. We take care of the entire permitting process, from submitting applications to obtaining final approval.

This involves submitting the design plans of the proposed solar panel system, demonstrating compliance with relevant codes and standards, and getting the proposed system approved. Our team at Halat Electric will handle the permit application and coordination on your behalf, ensuring a smooth and hassle-free process.

3. Ordering Materials and System Installation

With the approval in place, the actual installation begins. Our experts order high-quality materials and components to construct your solar panel system.

Our team, armed with safety equipment and tools, arrives at your site to install the panels. We pay attention to every detail, ensuring the panels are positioned for optimal sun exposure and securely mounted. 

This process typically takes a few days, but timelines can vary depending on the size and complexity of the system. If you have any questions throughout the process, our team will be happy to answer them!

4. Installation of a Bidirectional Meter

Following the panel installation, Enmax installs a bidirectional meter at your home.

This device measures the electricity your system generates and feeds back into the grid while also recording the power you consume from the grid.

This is crucial in making your solar energy system functional and enabling you to reap its benefits. Think of it as the brain of your solar panel system – offering the control and intelligence required to manage power flow between your home and the grid.

5. Activation of the Bidirectional Meter and Connection to the Grid

Upon passing inspection, Enmax activates the bidirectional meter, effectively connecting your solar panel system to the electrical grid.

This activation signals the start of your solar power journey, as you can now generate your own energy and even sell excess power back to the grid. Once your system is connected, Enmax will provide you with a Certificate of Interconnection and other relevant documents.

6. Switching to Solar Electricity Rates

The final step involves changing your electricity rate to the solar rate, which ranges between 28-30 cents per kilowatt-hour. Your energy supplier facilitates this rate change and reflects how you will be billed for your electricity use. 

You’ll want to watch for discrepancies in your bill and contact your provider if you have any questions.

With this final step complete, you’re now fully ready to switch to solar energy and reap its benefits – and enjoy a more sustainable lifestyle with a solar panel system!

Trust The Experts At Halat Electric With Your Solar Needs

Going solar in Calgary can seem complicated, but Halat is here to help make sense of it all. We boast over years of experience in the industry, and our knowledgeable team can provide advice on the right equipment for your needs and help you navigate the installation process.


We specialize in bringing reliable, sustainable solutions to our customers – so get in touch with us today, and let’s get you started on your solar journey! Our team is always ready to answer any questions you might have. Get in touch now and start saving today!