The Alberta government has officially launched the $36-million rebate program for new solar PV installations on residential, multi-residential and commercial buildings. The Residential and Commercial Solar Program is expected to create roughly 50 megawatts of solar capacity and support the creation of 900 jobs in Alberta’s solar sector by 2019.
Since 2015, solar uptake has doubled in Alberta mainly due to the ongoing Alberta Municipal Solar Program, the On-Farm Solar PV Program and the Indigenous Solar Program. Over the next five years, the Residential and Commercial Solar Program aims to build on these existing programs.
“This solar program helps Albertans lower their utility bills and invest in their homes. Solar jobs are growing and the industry is putting Albertans back to work. Solar electricity puts the power in Albertans’ hands, making life more affordable while diversifying the economy and reducing carbon pollution.”
– Shannon Phillips, Minister of Environment and Parks and Minister Responsible for the Climate Change Office
“This is an exciting day for solar in Alberta. This program will create good jobs in engineering, project management, manufacturing, sales, construction and more. It will also help Albertans reduce emissions, save on electricity costs and add value to their homes and businesses.”
– David Vonesch, COO, SkyFire Energy
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. Starting June 21, 2017, homeowners, businesses and non-profit organizations will be able to receive the following solar rebates:
Residential Solar Rebate: $0.75/Watt up to 15 kW (Rebate cannot exceed 30% of eligible expenses or $10k)
Commercial Solar Rebate: $0.75/Watt up to 5 MW (Rebate cannot exceed 25% of eligible expenses or $500k)
If you are interested to install a solar PV system for your home or business, please contact us for a free estimate as soon as possible as we expect demand to be extremely high. Take advantage of these incentives and begin harvesting Alberta’s sunshine as soon as possible!
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SkyFire Energy installed its first grid tied solar PV system in Alberta in 2001. Since then, we have installed 33% of all grid tied solar in Alberta (as of end January 2017) and completed projects in 8 provinces and territories. To learn more about our company, please click here.
Click here to view the official announcement by the Minister of Environment and Parks and the Minister Responsible for the Climate Change Office.