Congratulations, on taking the first steps in becoming more energy independent! Using solar energy is one of the most natural ways of powering your home and is a fantastic sustainable lifestyle choice. A solar photovoltaic (PV) system can generate significant benefits for you or your home, helps reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and makes you an active participate in the expanding green energy sector.

This document will help you navigate various solar options and help identify the right solution for you. The Canadian Solar Industries Association (CanSIA) is here to assist you make an informed choice. Whether you're buying a solar system outright or entering a long term agreement with a solar company, we aim to help you understand the basics of solar energy, help you go solar, and identify what questions to ask your solar professionals.

It is important to remember that going solar is a major investment decision, similar in financial scope to buying a car. As with any major investment, you should thoroughly research and evaluate your options before choosing the company that will sell and/or install your solar system. The purpose of this document is to ensure that consumers are informed of the major steps and considerations when buying a solar system. The more informed you are, the more likely you are to be a satisfied customer.

If you have questions concerning the information in this document, we invite you to reach out to us at We will endeavour to answer your questions and get you the information you need. CanSIA will update this document periodically in order to make it as effective as possible for consumers. If there is a piece of information you think would be helpful to include, let us know!