What incentives are available for solar panel installation in Alberta?
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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If you live on a farm, and have the appropriate Electrical Distribution Rate Class for Farms, you are eligible for funding! The incentives for the On-Farm Solar Photovoltaics Program are as follows:
- For systems ≤ 100kW, receive $0.75/W to a maximum of 35% of eligible cost share
- Fort systems 100.01kW – 150kW, receive $0.56/W to a maximum of 27% of eligible cost share
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The Alberta Indigenous Solar Program (AISP) is a program that provides grants to Alberta Indigenous communities or Indigenous organization to install solar photovoltaic (PV) systems on facilities owned by the community or organization. The 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.
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)
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.