Residential and Commercial Solar Program

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Renewable energy—now more affordable.

The Residential and Commercial Solar Program offers rebates to homeowners, businesses and non-profits that 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!

What will the impact be?

By 2019, the program is expected to:

  • Support the creation of 900 jobs in Alberta’s solar sector
  • 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? This chart will walk you through the process.

For more on this process, download this pdf.

 

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Learn about available incentives and get your rebate.

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.

Eligibility

This program is available for customers with electricity service and properties located in Alberta that meet the following requirements:

  • Interconnection approval from the Wire Service Provider (WSP) signed on or after April 15, 2017
  • 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), 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) under this program or another provincial solar incentive program
  • Combined incentives from government programs must not exceed 100% of eligible system cost
  • Must own the property or have long-term rights to the property with sufficient solar exposure
  • System is 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.
  • Complete Terms and Conditions will be available at program launch.

Incentive Levels

Residential ($/watt) Commercial or Non-Profit ($/watt)
0 to 15 kW $0.75/watt
0 to 5 MW $0.75/watt
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

 

Join us at an Information Session

We are inviting contractors, installers, and manufacturers who sell and install solar photovoltaic equipment to partner with Energy Efficiency Alberta to help facility owners and homeowners understand options to offset energy costs and reduce upfront capital costs in small-scale renewable energy. We will be holding a number of online information sessions to explain more about the program.

Customers are also welcome to join and learn more about how to participate.

What can I expect to learn at an information session?

During these sessions, we will share:

  • Customer eligibility information
  • Details on which system components are eligible for rebates
  • Incentive levels
  • How the application process works
  • Guidance on how to work with the program to grow your business through increased sales and installations of solar photovoltaic systems

When and where will these information sessions take place?

The Energy Efficiency Alberta team will be conducting information sessions online and in-person throughout the summer. For those who cannot attend the in-person or online sessions, we have recorded the following session for your information:

What if I have questions?

Questions can be asked during the webinar, or you can send them to solaralberta@inclimesolutions.ca and a Program Manager will respond.

Are you an energy efficiency product or service provider?

The Alberta Energy Efficiency Alliance and Energy Efficiency Alberta are surveying product and service providers to help shape the design of future EEA programs and to update existing programs.

Call 1-844-357-5604 to participate

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