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Why hire SRP Electric to install your Electric vehicle charging station?

Posted in: Green on September 22nd, 2013

SRP Electric TeamSRP Electric’s team combines a diverse background and years of experience with green solutions and workmanship in order to deliver prompt, efficient and professional service to its clients.

SRP Electric is Central Ontario’s choice for electrical contracting with over 20 years of exceptional customer service and has partnered with Sun Country Highway. This partnership aims to facilitate, and rapidly accelerate the adoption of electric vehicles and lower carbon emissions in the transportation sector here in Peterborough. This partnership also brings with it competitively priced advanced technology products to help drive sustainable revenues for local businesses.

Local Businesses in the Peterborough and the Kawartha Lake areas looking to embrace the green initiatives sweeping Ontario today are invited to get on board. We are ready and rolling out programs to begin helping local businesses generate clients, and give their business a ‘green’ image at the same time. The number of electric vehicle owners in Ontario is rapidly growing and we have joined Sun Country’s goal to put over 1,000 chargers on-line by the end of this year.

How long does an installation take?

The average electric vehicle charger requires roughly 4 hours to install.

We make the most effective decisions that help our customers:

Because charging costs so little, we have decided to focus on the fast Level II – 90Amp chargers that work best at hotels, malls, coffee shops, dealerships and various other places where people tend to stop for ½ hr or more and many of these places may offer the EV charging for FREE.

Many treat EV charging like FREE WiFi. They want your business, so they will give you free EV charging! EV owners tend to be above income earners, are well educated and loyal customers – thus a perfect demographic to cater too!

Aren’t most companies selling 30-40Amp chargers? So why are we focusing more on the 90Amp chargers?

To ‘future-proof’ our network! Our partnership with Sun Country Highway which is the only company offering high speed Level II charging means faster charging and lower time spent on a single charging station  in Peterborough and surroundings. Also, our vision is that more and more cars inevitably will come equipped with faster battery – energy acceptance rates (like the Teslas and the forthcoming VTrux and Toyota Rav 4), we can help reduce the charging bottleneck, and get people on their way faster. By the way, there are currently 9 EV models in the marketplace that you or I could go out and purchase today and within 12-16 months that number will mushroom to over two dozen – most or all with these with new faster battery energy acceptance rates.

So that’s all well and good that you can save a lot of money by driving an EV and everybody knows EVs are great for the planet, but here is what is even cooler!

Did you know that 80-90% of EV charging is actually done at home or at work! So if you buy an EV next week, you will want to hire an electrician to install a charger at your home and maybe at your place of work as well. This means jobs for local electricians in Peterborough and the Kawarthas — creating a small economic infrastructure stimulus project!

SRP Electric takes on Toronto’s 401 Mini Indy

Posted in: Solar on June 12th, 2013

On January 30th, 2013, SRP Electric’s team set to work on installing a full-scale solar system on the roof of Toronto’s 401 Mini Indy. The 300kW system is one of the most advanced distributed architecture designs in the province utilizing 10kW string inverters and TIGO module level DC optimizers for maximum performance and module level reporting.

Over the course of the installation, SRP Electric’s goal was to ensure that the project was completed in a timely manner and that the job site remained clean and orderly throughout the process. Despite ongoing weather challenges such as snow, ice and rain, the team managed to complete the installation on schedule, working indoors when the weather was inclement and taking advantage of clear days to work on the roof.

SRP Electric’s synergy with SunRise Power meant that the engineering staff was always available to deal with issues promptly. According to Rick Yates, SRP Electric is always looking for a better way to do an installation.

Here are a few pictures from the job site:

Metering cabinets and disconnects

Conduits and integrated wiring solution, DC module optimizers

250kW system using distributed 10kW string inverter architecture

Finished installation

Installing occupancy sensors in your home or business

Posted in: Residential on May 29th, 2013

When someone enters your home or business, you want to know about it. Similarly, when there’s no one around, why waste money to keep the lights on continuously?

Here’s another thing to consider: since no one wants to be left in the dark, who should be in control of the lights?

The answer is as simple as installing an occupancy sensor.

As home and business owners become more aware of the impact their habits have on the environment, as well as the rising cost of living, they begin to look for ways to save money and conserve energy. Occupancy sensors are typically installed in places in which the lights are expected to be on continuously, such as restrooms, warehouses, offices, and classrooms. After a few minutes of inactivity, the sensor automatically shuts off all lights, fans or other devices in the room, but will restart them if it detects motion.

Occupancy sensors operate using any one of the following three technologies:

1) Passive Infrared

How they work: detect heat energy.

Pros: work well in enclosed offices, warehouses and hallways where there is clear visibility and limited obstruction.

Cons: more sensitive to cross-motion than approaching motion; do not work well in restrooms or offices containing high-walled cubicles.

2) Ultrasonic

How they work: using high frequency, inaudible pressure waves that trigger the sensor when interrupted by a passing object.

Pros: work well in walled areas such as washrooms, as they are highly sensitive to any kind of movement and unaffected by physical barriers.

Cons: sensor effectiveness decreases as the distance between an object and the sensor increases.

3) Dual Technology: combines passive infrared and ultrasonic technology to prevent false on-off switching. In dual-operated sensors, both technologies are required to activate a device, but only one is needed to keep it on.

Electrical Safety Tips

Posted in: Residential on May 28th, 2013

The following tips were provided by the National Fire Protection Association.

– Replace or repair damaged or loose electrical cords

– Avoid running extension cords across doorways or under carpets

– In homes with small children, make sure your home has tamper-resistant (TR) receptacles

– Consider having additional circuits or outlets added by a qualified electrician so you do not have to use extension cords

– Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for plugging an appliance into a receptacle outlet

– Avoid overloading outlets. Plug only one high-wattage appliance into each receptacle outlet at a time

– If outlets or switches feel warm, frequent problems with blowing fuses or tripping circuits, or flickering or dimming lights, call a qualified electrician

– Place lamps on level surfaces, away from things that can burn and use bulbs that match the recommended wattage

– Make sure your home has ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs) in the kitchen, bathroom(s), laundry, basement, and outdoor areas

– Arc-fault circuit interrupters (AFCIs) should be installed in your home to protect electrical outlets


Installing a timer on your pool or spa pump

Posted in: Residential on May 23rd, 2013

A pool is a big investment and can cost a lot of time and money to maintain throughout the year. However, there are ways to save money and still enjoy your backyard when it’s convenient for you.

Most pool heaters – including those designed for above ground pools – can be outfitted with a timer to control when they run and for how long. Cycling your pool’s water at predetermined, off-peak times can help you reduce your electricity bill and spare you the trouble of remembering to check on your pool’s equipment during the day.

These aren’t the only benefits, of course. According to Rick Yates, Master Electrician at SRP Electric, pool timers can significantly reduce the length of time a pump is on, and in turn the amount of energy it uses. In addition, a timer can extend the life of your pool pump or heater, saving you money on repairs and replacements in the long run.

SRP Electric can ensure that your timer is installed properly and is performing at optimal levels. Intermatic’s diverse lineup of electronic, mechanical, and specialty controls, surge protection devices, and other accessories and enclosures can help you make the most of your pool or spa this summer.

Let SRP Electric help you with your next pool or spa installation by calling Rick Yates directly at 705-760-3270.

The T12 Lighting Ban – What You Need to Know

Posted in: Residential on May 22nd, 2013

What is a T12 light, and why is it being banned?

T12 fluorescent lighting is often found in many small business offices. As an older, more inefficient type of lighting, it has been the target of numerous Canadian Energy Efficiency regulations that seek to curb the production and use of inefficient general service fluorescent (GSFL) lighting in Canadian workplaces. Once the ban takes effect, offices that currently use T12 lighting will no longer be able to buy replacement bulbs.

What options are available for small businesses?

Through the Small Business Lighting program offered by Peterborough Distribution Inc., eligible business owners* can receive up to $1,000 worth of energy-efficient lighting and equipment upgrades. The switch to T8 fixtures will provide better lighting for your office, store or workplace while saving you money on your energy bill.

The program also includes:

– A free assessment of your business’s lighting and water heating equipment

– Free supply and installation of energy efficient lighting

– Licensed electrical contractor to install the new system at a time that’s convenient for you

– Recycling and proper disposal of your old lighting

Where can I find more information?

To book your appointment for a free energy assessment, call 1-855-397-7784 or e-mail

*Businesses that have previously participated in Power Savings Blitz are not eligible

If you’re a licensed electrician, we still want to hear from you

Posted in: Residential on May 10th, 2013

Calling all electricians!

Whether you’re looking for your first job or are interested in pursuing new opportunities in your field, if you’re a licensed electrician, SRP Electric might be the place for you.

We’re currently seeking a licensed electrician to join our dynamic team. Working with us will allow you to be part of an exciting, young company that makes a real difference in the community. You’ll also have a chance to learn from experienced team members who have worked on a variety of commercial, industrial and residential electrical and solar applications.

SRP Electric isn’t just interested in projects – we’re about people and building relationships, too. We believe that customer satisfaction, community engagement and continuous learning are the sine qua nons of good business.


All interested candidates must possess:

– An electrical license

– A valid driver’s license

– Commercial experience

– Experience in solar applications is an asset

If we sound like we would be a good fit, please send your resume to or give us a call at 705-760-3270. If you are contacting us via e-mail, please be sure to include ‘Job Application’ in the subject line.

We look forward to hearing from you!

SRP Electric is hiring

Posted in: Residential on May 7th, 2013

Are you an electrician looking for work?

SRP Electric is currently seeking to grow its team and is accepting applications for licensed electricians to carry out construction, service and solar work. All applicant information will be kept confidential and will not be shared with anyone.

Interested applicants please e-mail your résumé to or call 705-760-3270.

The April/May Issue of Business Advantage is out

Posted in: Residential on May 3rd, 2013

Earlier today, we received a visit from the representative of Admax Marketing, who brought with him a stack of proofs of the April/May issue of Business Advantage magazine.

SRP Electric’s grand opening story begins on page 9 and details all of our available commercial, industrial and residential services, including our newly implemented Customer Care Program and e-newsletter that will soon be distributed to members of our mailing list.

The story also includes details about our upcoming draw to win an iPad mini as well as the opportunity for business owners to meet with Rick to learn more about SRPE’s services (free food and great conversation – how could you pass that up?)

If you can’t get your hands on a copy of Business Advantage, don’t worry – we’ll be posting a link to access the story online as soon as it becomes available, so be sure to check back on Twitter and Facebook for updates.

Until then, consider joining our mailing list so you can stay up to date on exciting news, developments and offers. It takes less than a minute and is completely free.

Thanks, and have a wonderful weekend!

Beware of these common electrical hazards

Posted in: Residential on May 1st, 2013

For new and seasoned homeowners alike, ensuring that your home’s electrical work is current and up to code can prevent costly repairs in the long run, and in some cases could even save your life.

The Electrical Safety Authority recommends that all electrical work – no matter how small the task – be carried out by licensed electrical contractors. In the event that a contractor identifies an electrical problem within your home or business, he or she will work with you ensure that the issue is resolved swiftly and in the safest manner possible.

At SRP Electric, we recommend the following tips to help keep you and your family safe from common electrical hazards.

1. Check smoke and carbon monoxide detectors regularly (annually as a minimum, though biannually is ideal) to ensure they are in proper working order. The expiry date can be found on the back of the units, which should be replaced every ten years.

2. Inspect electrical panels every five years to ensure proper fusing and confirm that all contacts are tight and safe.

3. Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI) receptacles should be installed in areas where water and moisture is close by, such as in washrooms or exterior areas. This will prevent electrical shocks in the event that water comes in contact with the outlet.

4. Limit use of extension cords. In older homes, it’s common to have only one receptacle per room, but current electrical code stipulates that there be one receptacle every 1.8m.

5. Take care when using micro-furnaces and stand-alone air conditioners. They should each be on their own circuit to avoid overloading the system.

If you have any doubts about anything in your home or business or would like to request an electrical inspection, contact an electrical contractor and arrange an appointment.