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 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 (Available Now)
The Alberta government has launched a $36-million rebate program for new solar PV installations on residential, multi-residential and commercial buildings. 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. All eligible solar systems installed after April 15, 2017, will receive the provincial solar rebate. Residential Solar Rebate: $0.90/Watt (Rebate cannot exceed 35% of eligible expenses or $10k) Commercial Solar Rebate: $0.75/Watt (Rebate cannot exceed 35% of eligible expenses or $1M) More details about the Residential and Commercial Solar Program can be found here. 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 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 25% of eligible expenses. The Alberta Municipal Solar Program started accepting applications on March 1, 2016.
On-Farm Solar Photovoltaics Program
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.
This program will help producers generate their own electricity and save on energy costs while reducing their carbon emissions. The grant program was recently updated with the following terms:
1. Retroactive projects will no longer be accepted. If a project has been initiated (ordering or purchasing equipment, equipment delivery, component construction, etc.) prior to the approval of the application, it will NOT be accepted. ALL installed equipment will be held to the following standards:
- The system’s modules must have at least a 20-year pro-rated warranty from the manufacturer;
- The system’s inverter(s) and/or micro-inverter(s) must have at least a 10-year warranty from the manufacturer;
- Solar racking must be manufactured by a qualified commercial racking company
2. The grant rate has changed to align more closely with the Residential and Commercial solar programs. Grant funding is calculated as follows: ≤100 kW: $0.75/Watt to maximum 35% eligible cost share 100.01 – 150 kW: $0.56/Watt to maximum 27% eligible cost share
3. In order to qualify for the On-Farm Solar PV grant program, an applicant must have an Electrical Distribution Rate Class that is rated as Farm, or equivalent. Proof of this rate class will be required and can be found either on your electrical bill or obtained from your electricity retailer.
4. If you do not have an Electrical Distribution Rate Class that is rated as Farm, or equivalent, please refer to Energy Efficiency Alberta to determine if you may qualify under other provincial solar programs.
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 80% 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 20% of the project costs. The maximum funding stacking level is 100% of eligible costs.
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.
Edmonton Solar PV Incentive Program
The City of Edmonton is currently offering an incentive of $0.15/watt towards the cost of installing a residential system, paired with $0.90/watt from Energy Efficiency Alberta, you can save approximately one-third of the cost of going solar. 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). System must not be eligible for the Alberta Municipal Solar Program (AMSP) or the Alberta Indigenous Solar Program. 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.
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
Manitoba Hydro’s Power Smart Solar Energy Program has come to an end.
Click here for more information.
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
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.