Barrhead & District Senior Citizens Society, Alberta
Customer representative comments:
Trent [Project manager, Dandelion Renewables – Ed.], your personable manner was appreciated. As the PV-system work proceeded, you kept us informed about the progress of the installation and helped with paperwork from the MCCAC and our wired service provider. You responded to my emails in a prompt and informative manner. In addition, you always kept yourself available by cell phone for any questions I may have had.
Your crew were friendly and courteous when on the job at our Drop-In. The installation by your crew of the hardware—the switches, the inverter, the PV panels—was neat and tidy. The use of conduit for bundles of wiring contributed to the orderly appearance of the installation.
The end result of your leadership was a fully functioning PV system that was installed in a timely manner. Thank you! It was a pleasure working with you.
Eldon K., President
Barrhead & District Senior Citizens Society
The Regional District of East Kootenay, British Columbia
Customer representative comments:
We are very pleased to have had Dandelion Renewables install the 64-panel ground array solar photovoltaic system at the Regional District of East Kootenay’s Wycliffe Exhibition Grounds. The managers and field crew were professional, hard-working and knowledgeable. They provided timely, detailed communication when responding to questions and updating on the progress of the solar installation. It was a pleasure working with Dandelion Renewables and I would recommend their services and hire them again.
Jamie D. B.Sc., P.Ag.
Recreation & Control Services Supervisor
Regional District of East Kootenay
Great team to deal with from top to bottom. Competitive prices but it was their personalized service and willingness to work with their client’s needs that sealed the deal for me, very responsive and flexible. I would strongly recommend Dandelion to anyone considering a solar PV installation.
We recently had Dandelion Renewables install a solar array at our home. We appreciated that they did a site inspection before they wrote our quote, it made us more confident in their quote. Their employees were pleasant to have around and we are pleased with the work they did, we would not hesitate to recommend them to others.
I would strongly recommend Dandelion Renewables. They are a highly professional team! They would be so willing to answer questions during the whole process. They always keep us informed on how everything goes and if there would be any changes or delays. My installation was on schedule and the system seems to work really well. I like it very very much.
Everyone we dealt with from Dandelion, without exception, was friendly and responsive. They took the time to answer all our questions, even from the neighbors during installation. The installation was on time and on budget, and has been trouble free. We couldn’t ask for any more.
We had been thinking about getting solar energy for our farm for some time and contacted three companies for quotes. All three responded with quotes, but only Mikhail,
the owner of Dandelion Renewables came to view our property. We found Mikhail to be very personable, and very knowledgeable on the subject of alternative energy. He was readily accessible by phone and internet, willing and able to speak to our concerns and answer our questions.
Dandelion Renewables offered high-quality reliable components at a competitive price. The engineering, getting permits, follow-up inspections, and grant applications were handled in a timely and efficient manner. The crew that set up the array and inverter were competent and friendly.
For anyone considering setting up a solar array, we would highly recommend giving Dandelion Renewables a call.
In the month of July 2018, Dandelion Renewables installed community solar systems near Nelson, British Columbia.
We built three solar PV systems on community buildings in Balfour, BC, near Nelson, with a combined solar capacity of 67KW DC. These three projects complement Nelson Hydro’s own 60KW DC community solar garden project that was built to showcase the potential for solar virtual net-metering in 2017.
Three community-owned buildings include Balfour Community Hall, Balfour Senior’s Center, and Balfour Golf Club. To contain the power costs, the three buildings have undergone detailed energy assessments and retrofits beginning in 2014. Today in all three buildings the temperature is maintained by efficient air-source heat pumps.
Solar panels on the Balfour Golf Course.
The ultimate goal of solar is to cover the power consumption of the building. For example, the power that is used on a hot summer day when air-source pumps are cooling down the buildings. The summer operation of the golf course and the building electric loads fits well with solar production. As solar power generation is an intermittent resource and does not exactly follow the load profile, the excess solar energy will be exported to the Nelson Hydro grid for a credit.
By generating their own electricity and selling the excess solar energy back to the Nelson Hydro grid, the community buildings will offset their power bill costs and in the long run, will reduce their operating costs. Current electricity rates and pricing structure in the area around Nelson create a compelling solar business case for the distributed solar generation.
Another benefit of residential and commercial-scale solar systems is that they are installed close to where the energy is consumed, thus they rely less on the distribution system.
The Regional District of Central Kootenay successfully managed to secure funding from the Columbia Trust Basin and the Federal Tax Community Works Fund, which made these three community solar systems near Nelson possible.
During the hot 3 weeks of solar installation on the roof, our team truly appreciated and enjoyed the pristine, beautiful, and crystal clear Kootenay Lake. We all hope to continue working in the area to educate our customers about energy generation and energy conservation options. As Dan Geissler Operations Manager at Nelson Hydro said: “Dandelion Renewables has put its stamp in our region with these recent solar projects for sure.”
Links to Balfour Community Solar project generation data: