About Sue and Kelvin

Welcome to BobolinkSolar

BobolinkSolar started February 2017 as an idea from the mind of Kelvin Hodges

Welcome 2020: New battery ready inverters means Grid Tie is coming to BobolinkSolar. Stay tuned. Hot rod Victron inverters bring new cUL reliability and ease of use to off grid. Thank you for your continued support.

Welcome friends. Sue and I met in 2015. Sue has 2.5kw of grid tied solar and 2 solar thermal panels; I have 2kw of off grid solar and a farm built solar thermal panel. What a great match.

The kids on holiday. Florida 2016.
Finding great solar equipment at the right price

One of the early stories Sue and I shared was how difficult it had been to find good solar equipment.  Especially for small installs. We were both left asking “Where is the leading edge? How do you balance lowering costs vs quality and lifespan.” We didn’t have answers.

So in 2017 we started BobolinkSolar. We were going to find answers. Build systems with those interested in new equipment, using the latest technology, while looking for longer trouble free lifespans.

Our record so far

BobolinkSolar was the first to introduce lower cost lithium battery storage (SESS or solar energy storage systems). We’ve had solar racking deals and blow out solar panel bargains. We’ve price matched on Victron equipment even against US online bargain shoppes; And we continue to research new and better solutions, picking up deals as we can.

New for 2020: Grid tie

In 2020 we have begun offering grid connected solar. We have two sizes, both battery ready. A 5kwh system. And a 10kwh system.

For off grid: Our SESS continues to be among the very best available for small cabins. And our lithium knowledge is unbeatable. Remember, we don’t do it alone. Working with others helps bring you improved solar solutions. Thanks to this ongoing research, in 2019 we introduced the BlueBIRD BMS. This year we have introduced advanced battery box management. Our smarter lower cost lithium SESS is due to the help of researchers and builders from around the world. Thanks to their hard work you get more.

Off grid inverters improve!

For 2020 new inverters means robust off grid life improves. We are only offering two systems this year. The Grey Owl and the Lothlorien. More details in the systems area.

Remember, we’re committed and living solar. This site is built using solar power. Kelvin has 10 years of actual living off grid on solar experience* to draw on. Developing and installing his first a lithium SESS on July 1, 2016. Sue has 11 years of grid tied solar. If you wonder why our solutions are so meticulously detailed and robustly built; its because they have to be. First hand experience is a pretty good thing to expect of your system builder.

Thank you for joining us. Check back often as we are growing and expanding our offerings. Expect big and exciting things continuing through 2020. We welcome feedback and if you see any services or equipment you think we should be promoting or selling. Let us know.

Please remember. The time is now.

Peace and happiness
Kelvin and Sue

  • Kelvin’s system has been running without issue since 2013.

About BobolinkSolar, the name

The bird with the word on solar

First, Sue wants me to remind you, smile,
its pronounced: bob-o-link solar

About Bobolinks in general

Part of Sue and I’s commitment to our green future is maintaining 6 acres of forest, field and stream habitat for Bobolink nesting habitat (and other birds and bees).

Bobolinks are these cool little birds that fly up from South America to nest in our Canadian farm fields. Once they were on the endangered list. Today they are returning in numbers. Why? Because a few people pointed out that if farmers delay hay field harvest at the end of June for just a few days, until the baby Bobolinks are fledged and flying, why they’ll get better hay and the Bobolinks will be happier too.

This tiny behavioural change; merely delaying hay harvest for a few days, saved the Bobolink. Proof that we can change our behaviours and make a difference to the environment. Its not even hard.

This is how we feel about solar power. A little change in behaviour; and we eliminate a lot of waste, slash CO2 emissions and make everyone’s energy grid more robust and lower cost.

Electric cars. Warmer homes. Solar is bringing us freedom, independence and a better tomorrow for our children. While lowering our costs and increasing our ability to responsibly create and use energy.

The fact that we can assure electric power for your home and vehicles at a price now said to be lower than the cost of power from the grid.

Yup. The time really is now.