Currently, small Micro Generation producers in Alberta will automatically receive credit which is equivalent to their current electricity rate, for surplus electricity generated and exported to the grid. For instance, if you are currently paying 8 cents/kWh for your electricity, you will also receive 8 cents/kWh for any excess solar energy that is fed back to the grid from your PV system. The bidirectional meter which is supplied free of charge by your Wire Services Provider, keeps track of both the energy imported from the grid and the energy exported to the grid. These meter reads are processed on a monthly basis and any excess solar energy supplied to the grid will show up as a credit on your monthly electricity bill. Terms of reference are defined within the Alberta Micro-generation Regulation. Furthermore, if you decide to sign up as a SPARK Certified Green Generator, you could receive 1.85 ¢/kWh for the renewable energy attributes of your exported energy, in addition to the credit that micro-generators currently receive for the sale of their exported electricity. For more information about the SPARK Green Offset Program and how to sign up as a SPARK Certified Green Generator, please click here.
Alberta Residential and Commercial Solar Program (Coming Soon)
The Alberta government has announced a $36-million rebate program for new solar PV installations on residential, multi-residential and commercial buildings, which will be officially launched in a couple of months. Through the Residential and Commercial Solar Program, homeowners, businesses and non-profit organizations will be able to receive a partial grant for grid connected solar PV systems.
Potential Residential Solar Grant: $0.75/Watt up to 15kW (Grant cannot exceed 30% of eligible expenses or $10k)
Potential Commercial Solar Grant: $0.75/Watt up to 5MW (Grant cannot exceed 25% of eligible expenses or $500k)
(Disclaimer: These are preliminary details which were publicly announced but could possibly change.)
If you are interested to install a solar PV system for your home or business but are waiting for incentives to be announced, we strongly recommend obtaining a free estimate first so that you are fully prepared to apply for the grant once it’s made available. We expect demand to be high so preparing your solar project in advance can make sure you can begin harvesting Alberta’s sunshine as soon as possible!
To get started, please fill out our site assessment form here. We will contact you once we have received your request.
Alberta Municipal Solar Program
The Alberta Municipal Solar Program will provide rebates of up to $0.90 per watt to municipalities for installing solar on municipal buildings, such as offices, fire halls, community centres and more. Projects up to 5MW of installed capacity will receive the full AMSP rebate. The rebate provided by the MCCAC will not exceed 25% of eligible expenses. The Alberta Municipal Solar Program started accepting applications on March 1, 2016.
Growing Forward 2 – On-Farm Solar Management Program
The Growing Forward solar program for agricultural producers will provide provincial and federal funding towards solar energy systems on Alberta farms. This program will help producers generate their own electricity and save on energy costs while reducing their carbon emissions. Grants are calculated based on an eligible system’s nominal wattage, up to a maximum percentage of system cost. Third-party contractor-installed systems are funded at a higher rate than self-installed systems. A maximum of 100 kW of solar PV capacity or $50,000 per applicant is available through the program. The On-Farm Solar Management program’s application window opened on February 8, 2016.
Alberta Indigenous Solar Program
The Alberta Indigenous Solar Program (AISP) is a pilot program that provides grants to Alberta Indigenous communities or organization to install solar photovoltaic (PV) systems on facilities owned by the community or organization. AISP provides funding for up to 60% of eligible expenses up to a maximum of $200,000 per project. Applicants can access other non-Government of Alberta funded programs to cover the remaining 40% of the project costs. The maximum funding stacking level is 100% of eligible costs.
Banff Solar PV Incentive Program
The Town of Banff has launched a new solar PV incentive program, which provides residential and commercial property owners with the opportunity to pay off their solar PV system within 7 years. Click here for more information.
Small Renewable Energy Fund – residential property/buildings/assets to reduce fuel use:
- Grant of one third of system costs up to $5,000/year. Click here for more information.
Medium Renewable Energy Fund – commercial businesses (on or off-grid) to reduce fuel use:
- Grant of one third of system costs up to $15,000/year. Click here for more information.
Community Renewable Energy Fund – governments, departments, boards, agencies, non-profits:
- Grant of up to 50% of system cost up to $50,000/year. Click here for more information.
Net Metering Rebate (Extended until November 30, 2018):
- Offers a one-time rebate, equivalent to 20 per cent of eligible costs to a maximum payment of $20,000.
- Covers eligible costs that include capital and installation costs for the energy production meter, identified separately on the invoice; and capital and installation costs for the renewable power generation equipment.
- Available to SaskPower, Saskatoon Light & Power and City of Swift Current electricity customers.
- More information here
Manitoba Hydro’s Power Smart Solar Energy Program is available to all residential, commercial, and industrial customers, under the following conditions:
- you will receive $1 per watt installed (as per the DC rating of the solar PV system);
- your system size is minimum 1 kW, maximum 200 kW;
- your incentive will be limited by the annual load displacement requirement of the site;
- the incentive is paid at the end of the project, once the PV system is installed and passes inspection.
Click here for more information.
Section 43.2 Tax Incentives (commercial projects only):
- A 50% accelerated CCA is provided under Class 43.2 of Schedule II to the Income Tax Regulations for specified clean energy generation equipment. Eligible equipment includes solar thermal, solar air and solar photovoltaic equipment while project size restrictions have been eliminated. Depreciation of the solar asset can only be applied to solar revenues unless the business is involved in manufacturing or processing, mining or the sale, distribution or production of energy of any kind.
- For more information please click here or contact us.
Keep in mind that incentive programs can change quickly and the information above may not always be completely up to date. Please contact SkyFire Energy for the most up to date information.