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.
Emissions Reduction Alberta Energy Savings for Business
Emissions Reduction Alberta (ERA) has launched (February 1st, 2021) a new Energy Savings for Business Program. The program offers funding opportunities to support small- and medium-scale industrial and commercial businesses and is awarding up to $55 million for cost-saving and emissions-reducing projects. Some of the details include:
Solar PV Must:
Comply with Microgeneration regulation (Alberta Reg 27/2008). Submission of Form A is required before project pre-approval. The interconnection approval is received within one year of the application date.
All PV energy output must be used within the facility.
Minimum Solar yield must be 75% of a system design with optimal azimuth and tilt at that location.
The installation contractor must be a member in good standing with Solar Alberta, the Canadian Renewable Association, or the Electrical Contractor Association of Alberta. (Which SkyFire is.)
Must comply with the “Additional Eligibility Requirements for PV Systems” within the Participant Terms and Conditions.
For incentive determination, the system size will be determined at: Less than 15 kW, $0.65 to a maximum of 25%, and for systems 15 kW to 2 MW. $0.50 to a maximum of 25%
Learn more about this exciting opportunity here: Energy Savings for Business
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 Program – Please 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 Solar PV Incentive Program is a post-install rebate program, with funding based on the size of the solar system installed. Eligible participants install a solar PV system on their home or business, and then receive a financial rebate from the Town, based on the size of the solar system installed. The Town provides eligible participants with a rebate of $750/kilowatt (kW) of solar capacity installed, to a maximum of 7.5 kW. 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 20189 but will resume in 2020. 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 = $0.90/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.
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.
Residents are eligible for up to $20,000 in rebate funding. and businesses, community governments, Indigenous governments, and non-profit organizations are eligible for up to $50,000.
The rebate amount you receive will be the lower of:
50% of the total eligible costs of your project
A calculation based on the amount of money and greenhouses gases that your project will save (see the program guidelines for more information)
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.
SaskPower Net Metering Program:
System size criteria: Up to 100 kW (dc). This allows you to install a solar PV system which will generate energy to decrease your monthly power bill and receive credits for excess power generated.
You will now receive 7.5 ¢/kWh (instead of the standard retail rate) for any excess power you use and provide back onto the SaskPower power grid.
When you’re using the power your system produces, you’re offsetting power from the grid at your standard retail rate (e.g. 14.54¢/kWh for residential customers in 2019).
You can carry forward any unused credits on your bill until you move or close your account. Please note that the credits are non-refundable and will not be paid out.
More information here.
Summerland Net Metering Program:
The District of Summerland has relaunched its 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.
Clean BC Communities Fund:
The CleanBC Communities Fund supports the cost-sharing of infrastructure projects in communities across the province. These projects will focus on the management of renewable energy, access to clean-energy transportation, the improved energy efficiency of buildings, and the generation of clean energy. Municipalities, Regional Districts, Indigenous Ultimate Recipients, Not for Profit, and for Profit businesses may qualify. Full details can be found here.
PST Tax Exemption:
The following materials and equipment are exempt from PST in British Columbia: 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.
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.
Federal Solar Rebate for Small- and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) –the application process is now closed
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.