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Welcome to Solacity!

(Rhymes with “capacity”)

Solacity Inc. is a distributor and retailer of renewable energy products and other green goods based in the Kemptville (North Grenville) area, just a short drive south of Ottawa, in Ontario. Since 2006 we have been helping our customers in all corners of Canada (and some in the rest of the world as well) to become a little more green: We can help you buy the right green energy supplies for your project! We supply wholesale to solar PV installers and large projects, retail goods to customers that want to do a DIY solar installation, and if you need renewable energy advice, or design services please do not hesitate to contact us, we are here to help you.

More than a Web store, Solacity has an actual brick-and-mortar storefront (or straw-bale in our case). We have real people too, and you are most welcome to come and visit us to discuss your solar panel or other renewable energy project!

Need Green Energy Supplies? We Have Them!

Solar panels for a Net-Metering or Ontario MicroFIT system, batteries & charge controllers for an off-grid residence or cottage: We have it all!

Work-In-Progress

Work-In-Progress

Our brand-new Web site is very much a work-in-progress. We are working hard to add more products (we actually sell many more products than are listed, so ask if you do not see what you are looking for), and we are in the process of adding more information for the products already listed.

We hope everything works as it should of course, but please let us know if you find something that is not right!

Need help designing your PV system? Ask Us!

We have years of design and installation experience in grid-tie and off-grid solar PV systems. Rooftops, cottages, even solar panels on boats, we can help! Have questions about code-compliance? Just ask and we will likely know the answer. We even go back a long way in wind energy systems; wind turbines, wind inverters, and MPPT tables for those. In short, do not hesitate to contact us, we are here to help you make your project a success!

Be sure to check out our learning section for a collection of in-depth articles.

Rob’s Rumblings

Rob’s personal blog with musings, comments, and other thoughts …

kW vs. kWh – Power vs. Energy and Why It Matters for Your Off-Grid System

Confused about kilo-Watt versus kilo-Watt-hours? When even electricians talk about "kilo-Watts" when they actually meant "kilo-Watt-hours" it shows that a little education is in order. Being able to differentiate between power ("kilo-Watt" or kW) and energy ("kilo-Watt-hours" or kWh) will help you make better decisions about your system. Yesterday I [...]

By |May 21st, 2016|

The IESO/OPA Did It Again!

Showing a further level of incompetence to an already grossly incompetent organization, the IESO (formerly the OPA or Ontario Power Authority) once again showed they have learned nothing from their previous mistakes: They again, without warning, closed the Ontario MicroFIT program from new applications. In doing so they, once again, [...]

By |April 30th, 2016|

Walking The Walk

Solacity does not just talk-the-talk, we actually walk-the-walk: Come visit our 9,000 square feet super-efficient straw-bale office & warehouse in Kemptville, North Grenville!

Solacity's energy effcient straw-bale office & warehouseAlthough the previous Solacity SIP Barn served us well, the business had outgrown that space, and in 2013 – 2014 we built our new Kemptville office and warehouse to serve as the future headquarters for Solacity. Sustainable energy is not just a business for us, we’ve been living and breathing renewable energy because we know it’s the right direction to take.

The building is all-electrical, no fossil fuels, with net-zero-plus potential (once the rooftop solar is in place we will produce about twice as much energy as we use, including heating). Some features include, passive solar, day-lighting (natural light) through light-shelves (seen by the position of the awnings). We have strawbale walls with insulation values well beyond the industry standard, geothermal heat-pump with in-floor hydronic heating, passive solar for the office, with triple-pane glazing, and energy-efficient T5-HE lighting. Oh, and what is a sustainable design without a perfect 180 degree azimuth roof, specifically designed for our 100 kW FIT project!

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