Solar program launches today

Energy Efficiency Alberta’s (EEA) Residential and Commercial Solar Program is officially open to applications from homeowners, businesses and not-for-profit organizations. This $36-million program will offer rebates on rooftop solar photovoltaic (PV) units on residential and commercial buildings, installed after April 15, 2017.

This program is the result of extensive conversations and consultation sessions that took place throughout the province. Between June and October 2016, EEA held formal engagement sessions with more than 800 Albertans. Through these sessions, and through the consultations held by the Alberta Government’s Climate Change Advisory Panel in 2015, Albertans showed a clear interest in solar energy, but also expressed concern over its affordability.

EEA listened to Albertans and designed the Residential and Commercial Solar Program to help make solar PV systems more affordable.

Albertans who apply for the program can expect to receive rebates of up to 30 per cent of eligible costs for residents, and up to 25 per cent for commercial and non-profit organizations. More eligibility criteria is available on the website at: https://www.efficiencyalberta.ca/solar/

By 2019, the program should reduce greenhouse gas emissions by half a million tonnes—the equivalent of taking 100,000 passenger vehicles off the road for one year.

The Residential and Commercial Solar Program rounds out the first suite of EEA’s programs. It joins the province’s growing roster of solar programs, which includes programs for municipalities, indigenous communities, farms and public infrastructure.