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Renewable energy—now more affordable.

Energy Efficiency Alberta’s Residential and Commercial Solar Program has increased the incentives levels for all types of eligible participants who wish to install solar photovoltaic (PV) systems:

 Participant Category Residential Commercial & Institutional Non-Profit & Charities
$/Watt $0.90 $0.75 $1.00
Maximum payable incentive The lesser of $10,000 or 35% of eligible system costs The lesser of $1,000,000 or 35% of eligible system costs The lesser of $1,000,000 or 35% of eligible system costs

Illuminating the benefits of solar in homes, businesses and non-profits.

  • Protect your organization from rising energy costs. Solar is an unlimited renewable source of energy. This gives businesses the power to reduce operating costs by taking control of their individual energy needs. By investing in a solar PV system, businesses can stabilize their electricity costs and protect against potentially unpredictable increase in utility bills.
  • Reduce your energy bills. A solar array on your roof can generate up to 100 per cent of your electricity needs, while the Alberta Micro-Generation Regulation allows you to remain connected to the Alberta electric grid providing your home with electricity when the sun isn’t shining.

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

Bolster your savings with additional municipal incentives.

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?

The City of Edmonton is currently offering an additional incentive of $0.15/watt towards the cost of installing a residential system, paired with $0.90/watt from Energy Efficiency Alberta, you can save approximately one third of the cost of going solar. Learn more.

Other participating municipalities include:

Brazeau County

The Town of Banff

City of Medicine Hat

The Town of Canmore

The EQUS Rural Electrification Association Solar Incentive Financing Program 

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 35 per cent for residences
  • Cut solar installation costs by up to 35 per cent for businesses and non-profits
  • Reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the province by about half a million tonnes—the equivalent of taking 70,000 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

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 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) from 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 must 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.

Questions?

Do you have more questions? Read our FAQ.

Contact us at solar@efficiencyalberta.ca.

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