Alberta

The Alberta government has committed to $36 million to their Residential and Commercial Solar Program, Alberta Municipal Solar Program, and the On-Farm Solar PV Program. The break-down for each program is as follows:

Residential Solar Program:

  • $0.75 per Watt
  • Anything below 15 kW in size
  • The full amount being less than 30% of the total cost or $10,000

Commercial Solar Program:

  • $0.75 per Wattage
  • Anything below 5 MW in size
  • The full amount being less than 25% of the total cost or $500,000

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

  • The system must be grid-tied
  • The project must be compliant with Alberta’s Micro-generation Regulation (AR27/2008)
  • The system must not be eligible for the Alberta Municipal Solar Program, the Alberta Indigenous Solar Program, On-Farm Solar PV 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 property under this program or other provincial solar incentives
  • Combined incentives from government programs must not exceed 100% of system cost
  • Must own the property or have long-term rights to the property with sufficient solar exposure
  • The 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.

Alberta Municipal Solar Program:

  • $0.90 per Watt above 2 kW but below 10 kW
  • $0.75 per Watt above 10 kW but below 150 kW
  • $0.60 per Watt above 150 kW but below 2 MW
  • $0.55 per Watt above 2 MW but below 5 MW

This program is available for municipalities that want to install grid-connected solar PV systems on municipal facilities or land along with completing public engagement for the project. In order to be eligible, the following requirements must be met:

  • The system must be grid-tied
  • The project must be compliant with Alberta’s Micro-generation Regulation (AR27/2008)
  • The system must have been installed after February 5, 2016
  • The system must not be eligible for the Residential and Commercial Solar Program, the Alberta Indigenous Solar Program, On-Farm Solar PV 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 property under this program or other provincial solar incentives
  • Combined incentives from government programs must not exceed 100% of system cost
  • Must own the property or have long-term rights to the property with sufficient solar exposure
  • The 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.

On-Farm Solar PV Program

  • $0.75 per Watt to a maximum of 35% eligible cost share below 100 kW
  • $0.56 per Watt to a maximum of 27% eligible cost share above 100 kW but below 150 kW

For this program to be eligible, the following requirements must be met:

  • The system must be grid-tied
  • The project must be compliant with Alberta’s Micro-generation Regulation (AR27/2008)
  • The applicant must have an Electrical Distribution Rate Class that is rated as farm or equivalent
  • The system must have been installed after April 15, 2017
  • The system must not be eligible for the Residential and Commercial Solar Program, the Alberta Municipal Solar Program, the Alberta Indigenous Solar 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 property under this program or other provincial solar incentives
  • Combined incentives from government programs must not exceed 100% of system cost
  • Must own the property or have long-term rights to the property with sufficient solar exposure
  • The 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.

Reference: Energy Efficiency Alberta, Residential and Commercial Programs: (www.efficiencyalberta.ca/solar)

Edmonton

The City of Edmonton has introduced the Change for Climate rebate program to help make installing solar more affordable for single and multi-family homes. The break-down for this program is as follows:

  • $0.15 per Watt
  • The full amount being less than 50% of the eligible system costs or $6,500

For this program to be eligible, the following requirements must be met:

  • The system must be installed on a “Residential Property”
  • The system must be grid-tied
  • Combined incentives from government programs must not exceed 100% of system cost
  • Must own the property or have long-term rights to the property with sufficient solar exposure
  • The 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.

Reference: The City of Edmonton, Change Homes for Climate Solar Program: (http://ace.edmonton.ca/energuide/residential-solar-program-terms-and-conditions/)

If you are interested in finding out more information about possible incentives or you are interested in installing a solar PV system on your property, please contact us!