MicroFIT Return On Investment & Payback

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How can the microFIT program benefit me ?

 

Sample Calculation 1
 
$19,500 installed 5.6 kW MicroFIT Solar PV Rooftop system based on an annual average of 1200 kWh/kW of solar PV (source: RETScreen; Natural Resources Canada);

    1. 5.6 kW x .9 (10% de-rate factor)* = 5 kW


    2. 5 kW x 1200 kWh/kW = 6,000 kWh/yr.


    3. 6,000 kWh/yr. x 39.6 cents/kWh** = $2,376 annual income ($198 avg/month).

       $47,520 income over 20 years



 Return On Investment (ROI) and Payback;

    1. $19,500 investment / $2,376 annual income = 8.2 years payback 

        (11.8 years profit)


    2. $2,376 / $19,500 = 0.122 or 12.2% ROI !


    3. Installed system cost: $3.50 per watt + HST

        (Can be less depending on market prices).
 

* De-rate factor compensates for system inefficiencies, non peak operation and module degradation.

** Rooftop and ground mount microFIT incentive rates for 2012 / 2013.

 
Please note: We are not representing ourselves as accountants or investment analysts. This calculation is a conservative estimate and actual figures will vary depending on size and type of system. Other contributing factors will determine exact ROI and payback results. All figures used in these calculations are based on estimated rates and costs not including tax. However, we strongly suggest that you personally consult with a certified accountant, investment representative or tax specialist of your choosing to get a detailed analysis on your own rate of return.


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