A family company based in Saskatoon Suncatcher Solar Systems has been supplying and installing solar energy systems since 2003; they are Saskatoon's most established solar provider. Their team designs, supplies and installs solar power systems and designs passive solar homes.
They live what they sell, starting with their own solar home which was built in 2004. Their home, an off-grid wind and solar powered living lab, was designed by owner and engineer Angie Ortlepp.
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Trusted Saskatoon Solar power experts from Suncather Solar Systems tip on Solar Panels and Hail
from their Suncatcher Solar blog:
Solar Panels and Hail:
Everyone who has talked to us at Suncatcher Solar about solar panels invariably asks about hail. It’s an understandable question. Canada, especially around Saskatoon, and the rest of Saskatchewan can’t go a year without hail of some sort. These panels are supposed to last a long time, and the majority of the front face is glass. Glass that is going to be outside, with no cover or protection above it. Hail can cause a lot of damage, it can ruin entire crops, total off vehicles, and destroy siding and shingles.
What makes solar panels any different? Well for one, solar panels are built to last. They use tempered glass instead of plastics or regular plate glass. Tempered glass is much more resistant to impacts than regular glass. It’s able to with stand impacts at twice the speed that would break regular glass. If you know your physics (F=mv2), this translates into being four times as tough.
How tough are solar panels? Watch the video above of a solar panel taking a direct hit from a ball of ice the size of a billiard ball at 120 kph.
Hail isn’t as perfectly spherical or solid as what is shown in the video. It’s loosely held together, has many weak points and a lot of air trapped inside. Also, panels are rarely mounted in such a way that they would take a direct perpendicular impact from hail. Hail impacts will generally be at an angle, sometimes as much as 45 degrees – that’s more of a glancing blow than an impact. The one weakness of tempered glass is its edges. Impacts here can cause the entire sheet to shatter. This is why solar panels also have an aluminum frame. Aluminum keeps the weight down, provides corrosion free protection for the edges of the tempered glass and is a convenient mounting surface to secure the panels. Solar panels will last just as long if not longer than any other feature on the outside of your home.
Come hail, wind, rain or snow – solar panels do their job.
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Trusted Saskatoon Directory Team are thrilled to brag about Suncatcher Solar your Trusted Saskatoon Solar specialists featured in our Saskatoon Electrician category.
We are very pleased to wish them a warm and sunny welcome to the Trusted Saskatoon community of locally accountable businesses run with integrity. Suncatcher Solar is owned and operated by a mother and son team, Angelika Ortlepp and her son, Rohan Campbell.
In 2003, Angelica (Angie) followed her passion for engineering, and from this passion an idea stemmed, she and her family wanted to live off the grid! These were the humble beginnings of Sun Catcher Solar as they built their first home using the energy of the sun for warmth and power along with other renewable energy. There could be no one more qualified to own and operate such a business, with Anglie, a professional engineer with a degree in Engineering Physics and an M.Sc. in Electrical Engineering. For many years she taught labs for the Department of Physics and Engineering Physics at the University of Saskatchewan. Angie introduced renewable energy to the curriculum and she supervised design projects on solar energy. The Ortlepp's “living lab” home provided them with firsthand knowledge and real life experiences which assisted greatly towards the developing of their business. They literally live what they sell and install.
Over the years, Suncatcher Solar has completed an extensive list of wind and solar projects ranging from custom solar home design to renewable energy systems, both grid-tied and off-grid. We highly recommend visiting their website to see examples of their previous work for yourself!
When we were speaking to their customer as part of the Unique Trusted verification process we consistently heard great things. So we thought we'd share some of their first hand experience with them! Crystal said she found them to be a great company to work with, very helpful and very knowledgeable. She experienced no problems & they communicated honestly and were responsive to any questions or concerns. For more testimonials and to see all they do, please check out their listing in the Saskatoon Electrician category!