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The Residential and Commercial Solar Program offers incentives to homeowners, businesses and non-profits that wish to install solar photovoltaic (PV) systems. Bolstered by other initiatives like the Alberta Municipal Solar Program and the On-Farm Solar PV Program, solar uptake has doubled in the province since 2015. Albertans are keen on solar, and this program keeps the momentum going!

Looking to learn more about solar? Take a look at The Going Solar Guide.

Do you live in Edmonton? The City of Edmonton is currently offering an incentive of $0.15/watt towards the cost of installing a residential system, paired with $0.75/watt from Energy Efficiency Alberta, you can save approximately one third of the cost of going solar. Learn more.

Did you know that the following municipalities offer solar PV incentives that can be combined with Energy Efficiency Alberta’s Residential and Commercial Solar Program?

Brazeau County

The Town of Banff

The Town of Medicine Hat

The Town of Canmore

What will the impact be?

By 2019, the program is expected to:

  • Support the creation of jobs in Alberta’s solar industry
  • Cut solar installation costs by up to 30 per cent for residences
  • Cut solar installation costs by up to 25 per cent for businesses and non-profits
  • Reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the province by about half a million tonnes—the equivalent of taking 100,000 passenger vehicles off the road

This program is just one more example of Alberta taking the lead on energy efficiency and renewable energy, which will protect pocketbooks, make life more comfortable, create good jobs, and help diversify our economy.

Installation Process

Wondering how to get approval and install a solar PV system? Learn about the process here

Incentive Levels

  Residential ($/watt) Commercial or Non-Profit ($/watt)
$/Watt (DC) $0.75 $0.75
Maximum payable incentive The lesser of $10,000 or 30% of eligible system costs The lesser of $500,000 or 25% of eligible system costs

Find a Provider

Use the Solar Energy Society of Alberta’s Solar Providers Directory or the Canadian Solar Industries Association’s (CanSIA) Member Directory to find a qualified provider in your area.


This program is available for residential, commercial and non-profit customers with properties in Alberta that meet the following requirements:

  • *NEW* Complete Terms and Conditions can be found here.
  • Interconnection approval from the Wire Service Provider (WSP) signed no earlier than one year prior to the RCSP Part 1 application submission date.
  • 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), the Alberta Indigenous Solar Program, Growing Forward On-Farm Solar Photovoltaics Program, or any other provincial solar incentive program that may follow.
  • Must not have received an incentive for a solar PV system on the same parcel/property (based on site ID) another provincial solar incentive program
  • Combined incentives from government programs must not exceed 100% of eligible system cost
  • The applicant must own the property or have long-term rights to the property where the solar PV system will be installed
  • The system must be designed and installed by a qualified installer (not self-installed) and system components meet the Canadian Standards Association (CSA) requirements for electrical safety or equivalent certification to applicable Canadian standards.
  • When available funding is fully committed, applicants will be automatically placed on a waiting list in their order of Part I approval and any additional funds that become available will be distributed to systems on the waiting list queue.


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