The Economics of Grid-Tied Solar Photovoltaics


MacEwan University - 105 Street Building
10700 104 Ave NW Room 158
Edmonton AB T5K 2Y9
Saturday, May 5, 2018 - 9:00am to 4:00pm
Class Fee: 


Rob Baron, P.ENG.


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  • See if you qualify for 2/3 off with the Alberta Job Grant! 

Do you want reliable tools to showcase the cost/benefit and payback periods of solar projects?

Want to improve how you communicate and showcase economic information about solar installations to clientele?

Join Rob Baron, the creator of the Alberta Solar Cost Calculator, for this comprehensive one-day workshop. Together you will explore the economic advantages of grid-tied solar PV micro-generation systems with Alberta-specific examples.  In this session you will learn to:

  • Explain how energy, transmission and distribution charges are influenced with the addition of a solar PV micro-generator
  • Project the economic value of a proposed solar PV project
  • Estimate the return from a solar PV investment and compare to other investments or grid purchased electricity
  • Determine payback periods for specific projects
  • Evaluate the value of incentive programs
  • Communicate cost and benefits to potential solar PV customers.
  • Use on-line tools and spreadsheets to evaluate economic payback of a proposed project

Students are required to bring a laptop computer. You will need to download RetScreen onto your computer, and this software works best with Windows Operating System. See Software troubleshooting for more details. Computers also need Microsoft™ Excel or equivalent spreadsheet program and the capabilities to connect to a wireless network for internet access.

Workshop instructor

  • Rob is the program head and solar technology instructor for the Renewable Energy and Conservation diploma program at Lakeland College. He recently completed a 6-year research project investigating the integration of multiple renewable energy technologies within the Alberta context. Rob is also the principle developer of the recently released Municipal Climate Change Action Centre’s On-line Solar Cost Calculator.

Pay 1/3 of the Price

  • Consider combining several of our classes in your application. Any cumulative class hours over 21 hours can qualify you for the Canada-Alberta Job Grant (CAJG), which covers 2/3 of the class cost. It takes about 2 months for an application to be processed so sign up in advance. Click Here for More Information and To Apply. 
  • Please direct your questions about the Job Grant program to a Workforce Consultant of Alberta Labour. They can be reached by email, at [email protected], or phone: 780-638-9424 within Edmonton, or toll-free 1-855-638-9424.