What incentives are available for solar panel installation in Alberta?

The Canadian Government recently announced the “Canada Greener Homes Grant”, which is focused on making Canadian households more efficient. Through this grant you will able to get $1/Watt off of your Solar installation to a maximum of $5,000.00. This grant can also be combined with other available municipal grants.

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The City of Edmonton is increasing its solar rebate incentive from $0.15/W to $0.40/W for residential solar system installations through its Change Homes for Climate Solar Program (CHCSP). The CHCSP grants residential homeowners up to a maximum amount of 40% of eligible costs or of $4000.00 per application, whichever is lesser.

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The Town of Banff is making solar more affordable for its residents and businesses! Residential homeowners and commercial business can get a portion of their total solar system cost subsidized through the Town of Banff’s Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Rebate Program.

Interested applicants can start applying today! Applicants are strongly encouraged to contact the Town for a preliminary review of their project prior to submitting a Development Permit application.

Learn more about how the rebate works and see if you qualify.

Emissions Reduction Alberta (ERA) is helping companies invest in sustainable technologies that reduce GHG emissions while positioning Alberta for success in a lower emissions economy. ERA is providing a total of up to $55 million in funding to Alberta businesses looking for ways to be more efficient while making a positive impact for the environment. See more here: Emissions Reduction Alberta (ERA)

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The Edmonton Electric Vehicle (EV) Charging Rebate Program is one of several environmental rebate programs aimed to position the City of Edmonton’s strategic plan as a sustainable city. Edmonton residents and commercial property owners have two rebate categories to select from to help offset up to 50% of EV installations costs. Read more about it here: Edmonton Electric Vehicle (EV) Charging Rebate Program.

What about BC?

BC Hydro allows Net Metering for solar systems up to 100 kw, which allows someone to install PV on a home or business and feed the surplus into the grid. The energy exported to the grid is credited at the published retail rate and will appear as a credit on your account.

The Province of BC provides Provincial Sales Tax (PST) exemptions on renewable energy equipment including solar energy equipment. This includes panels, inverters, and supplementary wiring components.