Solar Incentives

Alberta

Currently, small Micro Generation producers in Alberta will automatically receive a 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 bi-directional 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  – Please note funding for this program has been discontinued.

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 centers and more. Projects up to 5MW of installed capacity will receive the full AMSP rebate. The rebate provided by the MCCAC will not exceed 30% of eligible expenses. The Alberta Municipal Solar Program started accepting applications on March 1, 2016.

On-Farm Solar Photovoltaics ProgramPlease note funding for this program is on hold.

The On-Farm Solar Photovoltaics Program provides funding towards solar photovoltaics on Alberta farms. This enables producers to conserve non-renewable fossil fuels and reduce carbon emissions, ultimately reducing the environmental footprint of Alberta’s agriculture industry. The Solar Photovoltaics Program addresses two important industry priorities: 1) Improved environmental stewardship. When producers make investments in clean energy and reduced carbon emissions, they are recognized for their commitment to sustainable practices. 2) Improved energy management. Producers who install photovoltaic systems tend to take a renewed interest in their electricity usage; this leads to additional efficiency investments.

Banff Solar PV Incentive Program

The Town of Banff has aligned its Solar PV Incentive Program with the new provincial solar rebate program. The Town of Banff Solar PV Incentive Program will now provide an up-front solar rebate, which matches the provincial rebate at $0.75/Watt. This is equivalent to $750/kW of installed solar capacity. The maximum system size up to which the Town will provide a rebate is set at 7.5 kW. Participants in the Banff municipal Solar Incentive Program are also eligible to receive the provincial solar rebate. Click here for more information.

Canmore Solar PV Incentive Program

A limited number of solar incentives of $1,250 are available to residents and businesses to help offset the cost of purchasing and installing a solar electric system in Canmore. Eight incentives are available and drawn by lottery. The application process is closed for 2018 but will resume in 2019.  All projects must meet building and electrical safety code requirements, and the minimum installation requirement is a 2.5kW solar electric system. Click here for more information.

Medicine Hat Solar PV Incentive Program

The Solar Electric Incentive Program (the Program) offers rebates to residential utility customers to purchase and install solar PV systems on their homes. The rebate amount is awarded based on the size of the installed system. For more information visit the City of Medicine Hat.

Edmonton Solar PV Incentive Program 

The City of Edmonton is currently offering an incentive of $0.40/watt towards the cost of installing a residential system.  Click here for more information.

Brazeau County Solar PV Incentive Program

REBATE = $0.75/WATT (UP TO $10,000) Only one application per landowner within the County as a whole. Further applications may be considered in future program initiatives. For residential service, the solar photovoltaic (PV) system must be grid-connected in accordance with Alberta’s Micro-generation Regulation (AR27/2008). The system must not be eligible for the Alberta Municipal Solar Program (AMSP) or the Alberta Indigenous Solar Program. Click here for more information.

Solar for Schools Program

The Solar for Schools (SFS) Program provides financial rebates to Alberta Public School Authorities who install solar photovoltaic (PV) systems on existing school facilities or land in their jurisdiction and complete a student education initiative as part of the project. For detailed information on eligibility requirements, available funding, and how to apply, please refer to the Municipal Climate Change Action Centre.

Equs Solar Preferred Supplier Program

Through a Request for Proposals process, EQUS has selected SkyFire Energy as the preferred solar supplier. This is to help easily connect EQUS members who are interested in becoming micro-generators with a reputable contractor to supply and install a solar system for them. It also provides a streamlined process from start to finish, helping make the application and installation process as smooth as possible. For more information visit the Equs Website.

Northwest Territories

The Arctic Energy Alliance (AEA) is currently offering the following energy efficiency incentive program:

Residential Renewable Energy Fund (RREF) The Residential Renewable Energy Fund is part of the Alternative Energy Technologies Program (AETP) offered through the AEA. Through this program, NWT residents can receive a rebate on the purchase of any renewable energy generation system.

The rebate can be claimed for up to 33% of the total system costs including installation to a maximum funding amount of $5,000. The rebate only applies to residents living in communities powered by thermal power and/or are off-grid. Communities power by hydro can no longer apply for the RREF.

Apart from solar photovoltaic systems, the rebate can also be applied towards wind turbines, ground-source heat pumps, Solar thermal (hot water and air), hydro, and pellet and wood furnaces. Visit Arctic Energy Alliance for more details.

Saskatchewan

SaskPower Net Metering Rebate (Extended until November 30, 2021):

  • Offers a one-time rebate of $0.61 per Watt, which is equivalent to 20% of eligible costs.
  • 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

New updates to the SaskPower Net Metering Program as at December 2018:

  • Participants will now have up to three years (instead of one) to use their banked kWh credits
  • Contracts will now be for 10 years (instead of two years) with the option to renew for an additional 10 years

*NEW* Federal Solar Rebate for Small- and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) – Climate Action Incentive Fund:

  • Applies to SMEs in Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario and New Brunswick
  • Application period is 90 days starting July 17, 2019, or until funding is exhausted
  • Up to 25% of project’s total eligible costs
  • Minimum $20,000 up to a maximum of $250,000 per project and per recipient
  • More information here

British Columbia

Summerland Net Metering Program:

  • The District of Summerland has relaunched their Distributed Generation (Net Metering) Program! This program allows customers with small (30kW or less), inverter–based, distributed generation (DG) solar PV systems or wind turbines to be connected to the Summerland Distribution System (Summerland’s electric grid).
  • Summerland electrical utility customers who participate in the program are able to completely offset their own electricity needs each calendar year, after which the District of Summerland will purchase any excess energy that is put back onto the grid at the wholesale rate.
  • Full details on the program and the current retail rates (under Fees & Charges Bylaw) can be found here.

PST Tax Exemption:

  • The following materials and equipment are exempt from PST: Solar photovoltaic collector panels, and wiring, controllers, and devices that convert direct current into alternating current, when they are sold with, and as part of, a system that includes solar photovoltaic collector panels. Solar thermal collector panels, and wiring, pumps, tubing, and heat exchangers, when they are sold with, and as part of, a system that includes solar thermal collector panels

Federal

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.

*NEW* Federal Solar Rebate for Small- and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) – Climate Action Incentive Fund:

  • Applies to SMEs in Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario and New Brunswick
  • Application period is 90 days starting July 17, 2019, or until funding is exhausted
  • Up to 25% of project’s total eligible costs
  • Minimum $20,000 up to a maximum of $250,000 per project and per recipient
  • More information here

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.

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