About the Program
1. What is the Easy Solar program?
We install solar panels absolutely free of cost on your rooftop and pay you for participating in the program. There are:
- No credit checks
- No maintenance costs
- No insurance costs
2. Who is Grasshopper Solar?
Founded in 2007, Grasshopper Solar Corporation is one of the largest Canadian solar companies. We have engineered and successfully installed hundreds of turnkey solar systems for both residential and commercial customers across Ontario.
Grasshopper has industry leading affiliations, including the Better Business Bureau, CanSIA, OPA Approved Vendor, ESA, PEO, OSEA and Green Energy Act Alliance,
3. When do I get paid?
$250-per-year – If your home qualifies and you are approved, you will get your first annual payment at the time the solar system is connected by your local utility company. Every year thereafter, you will receive annual payments on that date for a total of 20 payments.
4. Do I qualify?
There is a two-step process to qualify for Easy Solar:
Step 1: Prior to signing up. You must own the detached house where the solar system is going to be installed. Your house must be located in a qualifying solar city and must pass Grasshopper’s remote evaluation.
Step 2: After signing up – Pass an on-site evaluation of your roof. The local utility’s approval to connect the solar system. (Limited availability in each area)
9. Do I have to pay anything?
Absolutely not. You do not pay for equipment, installation, ongoing maintenance or system insurance. All costs are Grasshopper’s responsibility.
10. How is this possible?
The Ontario government launched the Feed-in Tariff (FIT) program in November 2009 to help the economy and add renewable energy to the energy mix. Under this program, power produced by the solar system is bought by the government at guaranteed rates over a 20-year term. The income pays for the system and its operating costs.
11. What is the catch?
There is no catch! Grasshopper’s Easy Solar program is backed by the Ontario government’s microFIT program. All power produced by the solar system is bought by the government at guaranteed rates. However, the system must remain at its installed location during the 20-year term.
12. Can I use the electricity myself?
No. When the system is installed, a new export meter sends all the electricity produced by the solar system out to the grid. The electricity supply in your neighbourhood now has clean solar power generated right from your roof in the energy mix that is used to power your home.
After 20 years the solar system becomes yours and you can use the solar energy produced for your house.
16. Will you be in business in 20 years?
Grasshopper’s $100 million Easy Solar Program is a significant investment in the province of Ontario. It is in the company’s best interest to maintain operations for the term of the FREE Solar lease agreement.
17. What happens if I sell the house?
The Easy Solar agreement is simply transferred to the new homeowner:
- If you choose the $3,000-upfront-payment option, the new owner will get a one-time $500 payment from Grasshopper Solar.
- If you choose the option that pays $400 per year for 20 years, the new homeowner will continue to receive the annual payments. The new homeowner will own the system in the balance of 20-year term.
18. What if the new property owner doesn’t want the solar system?
This is very unlikely. In fact, your house will probably sell faster. It will come with additional income, higher efficiency and be ready for a future in which solar panels will be the norm. If you speak with a real estate agent, up to date with the market and green initiatives, you will learn that in most instances a solar system increases the value of a house.
1. What about maintenance?
Grasshopper Solar is completely responsible for maintaining the system without any cost to you during the term.
4. Who is responsible for roof maintenance?
General roof maintenance remains your responsibility, however the solar panels extend roof life because they protect roofing materials from direct sunlight, wind, rain and snow. Grasshopper is responsible for any damage to the roof caused by our solar panels.
5. What if I require roof repair or maintenance?
In a typical situation, the panels do not need to be removed. In the event you choose to remove the solar panels for roof work, there will be no additional cost as long as you use a Grasshopper-qualified roofer.
Effects on Home
3. Are the solar panels screwed or clamped to my roof?
The solar panels are both clamped and screwed onto your roof to ensure solid attachment. Grasshopper’s solar engineers design the systems to ensure there is no damage to your roof or any other part of your house during installation and in the years to come.
4. Will the panels cause structural damage to my home?
No. Before Grasshopper installs a solar system, it sends a certified technician to do an on-site assessment after which a Professional Engineer also conducts and stamps a detailed study of your roof. They will determine if the house is structurally sound, and if the roof is in good condition. If your roof is not in good condition, and/or your home is not structurally sound, we will not install a solar system on your roof.
7. Will my house insurance fees go up?
No. The insurance for the solar system is arranged and paid for by Grasshopper Solar. Our insurance provides up to $10 million in commercial general liability coverage and we stand behind our work and system design.
9. Will the solar system increase the value of my property?
A Grasshopper solar power system will increase the value of your property for several reasons such as the guaranteed income it generates, extending the life of your roof, potential reduction in cooling bills and being future-ready for free electricity and electric cars.