Incentives & Rebates

FEDERAL SOLAR INCENTIVES

Businesses can depreciate installed solar equipment by 50% per year, which lowers taxes payable. A 50% accelerated CCA is provided under Class 43.2 of Schedule II to the Income Tax Regulations for specified clean energy generation equipment. Eligible equipment includes solar thermal, solar air and solar photovoltaic equipment while project size restrictions have been eliminated.

By Province:


Alberta SOLAR Incentives

Growing Forward
This rebate program is for Growing Forward registered farmers. The rebates for grid-tied solar systems (off-grid systems are not eligible) are as follows:

  • 60¢/W for contractor installed systems include an energy assessment
  • 45¢/ for contractor installed systems
  • 30¢/W for self-installed systems that include an energy assessment
  • 15¢/W for self-installed systems

Maximum grant is $50K. Contractors must be listed in SESA’s Solar Providers Directory. The Growing Forward 2 Program has a list of Energy Assessment Providers (upper right corner). The program is open for applications on Feb. 8, 2016. A Micro-generation interconnection agreement is required to be submitted with the grant application.

The Alberta Municipal Solar Program (AMSP)
As part of Alberta’s Climate Leadership Plan the AMSP is dedicating $5M of previously collected carbon levy revenue to encourage solar installations on municipally owned buildings such as libraries, fire halls, arenas, administration buildings, and recreation centres.

The rebates will be as follows:

  • 75¢/W for <10kW solar PV systems
  • 60¢/W for 10-150kW solar PV systems
  • 45¢/W for 150kW – 1MW solar PV systems
  • Maximum rebate is $300K.


British Columbia Solar Incentives

The Province of BC provides provincial sales tax (PST) exemptions on renewable energy equipment including solar energy equipment.

BC Hydro allows net metering for solar systems up to 100 kw, which allows someone to install PV on a home or business and feed a summer surplus into the grid, which becomes your battery.

At the end of the year BC Hydro or FortisBC will do a reckoning, and if you have produced more electricity than you have consumed over the year they will pay you 9.99 cents kWh.


Manitoba Solar Incentives

Power Smart Solar Energy Program

  • Available to residential, commercial, and industrial customers
  • Rebate of $1 per watt installed (as per the DC rating of the solar PV system)
  • Minimum 1 kW and maximum 200 kW system size.

Residential Earth Power Loan

  • 4.9% interest rate with a maximum of $30,000 financing towards residential solar projects.


New Brunswick Solar Incentives

Efficiency NB
The Province of New Brunswick offers a number of energy efficiency incentives and may pertain to solar energy installations, including residential, commercial, industrial and community projects. For more information visit Efficiency NB (http://www.efficiencynb.ca/enb/home.jsp).

NB Power Net Metering Program
NB Power has created a Net Metering Program which allows distributed renewable energy projects to connect to the electrical grid system. For more information visit NB Power.

New Brunswick Solar Companies and Organizations
For more information on solar companies and organizations visit the Member Industry Directory


Newfoundland Labrador Solar Incentives

The Province of Newfoundland Labrador currently has no solar incentives.


Northwest Territories Solar Incentives

Energy Efficiency Incentive Program (EEIP)
This program provides up to a 50% rebate to residents for new energy efficient products in addition to other energy efficiency incentives.

For more information visit the Government of Northwest Territories (http://www.enr.gov.nt.ca/_live/pages/wpPages/EEIP.aspx)

Alternative Energy Technologies Program
The Alternative Energy Technologies Program (AETP) is designed to promote the use of renewable energy sources in the NWT. The funding is split into three sections:

  1. Community Renewable Energy Fund (CREF)
  2. Medium Renewable Energy Fund (MREF)
  3. Small Renewable Energy Fund (SREF)

For more information visit the Government of Northwest Territories (http://www.enr.gov.nt.ca/_live/pages/wpPages/aetp.aspx)


Nova Scotia Solar Incentives

Commercial/Industrial Solar Hot Water & Solar Hot Air Rebate
Efficiency Nova Scotia provides a rebate of $600 per panel installed of a solar water heating system for institutional, industrial or commercial use. Efficiency Nova Scotia also provides a rebate for solar air heating system for institutional, industrial or commercial use. The rebate is determined on a project-by-project basis.

For further information please visit Efficiency Nova Scotia http://www.efficiencyns.ca/product-category/commercial-solar-water-heating/

Residential Solar Hot Water Heating Program
Efficiency Nova Scotia provides homeowners with a $1,250 rebate OR up to $15,000 in zero interest financing for the installation of Solar Hot Water. This is only available to electrically heated homes.

For more information visit Efficiency Nova Scotia http://www.efficiencyns.ca/products/solar-water-heating-equipment/

Residential Solar Air Rebate
Efficiency Nova Scotia provides a $500 rebate of the installed cost of a solar air heating system for residential use. This is only available to electrically heated homes.

For further information please visit Efficiency Nova Scotia http://www.efficiencyns.ca/products/solar-space-heating-equipment/
Nova Scotia Power Net Metering Program
To provide more options when it comes to renewable energy, Nova Scotia Power has launched a new program called “Net Metering”. Residential and commercial customers are now able to connect small renewable energy generating units (100 kilowatts or less) to Nova Scotia Power’s electrical grid.

The program provides Nova Scotians with a risk free way of meeting their own energy needs from renewable sources while still having the security of being able to draw from the provincial power grid when needed.

For further information please visit the Government of Nova Scotia (http://www.gov.ns.ca/energy/electricity/net-metering.asp).

Nova Scotia Solar Companies and Organizations

For more information on solar companies and organizations visit the Member Industry Directory


Nunavut Solar Incentives

Nunavut Energy Retrofit Program
The Government of Nunavut offers a variety of Energy Retrofit Programs. For information visit them on their website (http://cgs.gov.nu.ca/en/energy-services/nerp)


Ontario Solar Incentives

Feed in Tariff (FIT) Program
This program pays solar energy producers a rate of 44.3 cents to 80.2 cents per kilowatt hour for grid tied solar power over a contract life of 20 years for projects under 10 megawatts.

For more information contact your local electrical distribution company for details and the Ontario Power Authority. (http://fit.powerauthority.on.ca/)

Home Energy Savings Program
To help homeowners save energy, save money and help reduce greenhouse gas emissions, the Ontario government has created the Ontario Home Energy Savings Program. More than $2500 in available Federal and Provincial incentives is available for the installation of a solar domestic hot water system.

For more information visit the Government of Ontario. (http://www.mei.gov.on.ca/en/energy/conservation/homeenergyon/)

Ontario Solar Thermal Heating Initiative (OSTHI)
This initiative is complements the existing Federal ecoENERGY Renewable Heat Program for institutional, commercial and industrial projects. The program allows eligible project

For more information visit NRCan. (http://www.ecoaction.gc.ca/ecoenergy-ecoenergie/heat-chauffage/on-osthi-ioscst-eng.cfm)

Net Metering Program
Electricity consumers in Ontario who produce some of their own power may take advantage of “net metering”, an initiative of the Ministry of Energy. Net metering allows you to send electricity you generate from renewable sources to the distribution system for a credit toward your energy costs. In essence, it’s a “trade” of electricity you supply against electricity you consume.

For more information please visit the Government of Ontario (http://www.mei.gov.on.ca/en/pdf/renewable/NetMeteringBrochure.pdf) and contact your local electrical utility company.

Electricity Retrofit Incentive Program (Commercial)

The Ontario Power Authority (OPA) through the Every Kilowatt Counts initiative has developed a commercial incentive program. Commercial building owners/tenants can retrofit their building with solar hot water heaters and other electricity saving equipment and receive a rebate from the OPA. For more information visit the OPA and the Electricity Retrofit Incentive Program.

Ontario Solar Companies and Organizations

For more information on solar companies and organizations visit the Member Industry Directory


Prince Edward Island Solar Incentives

Office of Energy Efficiency
The Government of PEI provides a number of energy efficiency incentives through their Office of Energy Efficiency. For more information visit the PEI Office of Energy Efficiency.

Sales Tax Exemption
There is a Provincial Sales Tax (PST) exemption on small-scale renewable energy equipment. Items which are exempt from provincial sales tax include solar thermal and solar photovoltaic systems.

For more information please visit the PEI Office of Energy Efficiency.

Net Metering
Newly established Net-Metering System Regulations make it more steam lined for Island homeowners, small businesses or farmers who have an interest in generating their own electricity to install small-scale generating systems (100 kilowatts or less).

For more information please visit the Maritime Electric (http://www.maritimeelectric.com/environment/env_energy.asp).

Minimum Purchase Price Regulations

The Minimum Purchase Price Regulations establish the price which utilities must pay for power produced by large-scale renewable energy generators – that is those capable of producing more than 100 kilowatts of energy. The rate has been set at 7.75 cents per kilowatt hour with 5.75 cents of that as a fixed rate and 2.0 cents as a variable rate.

Solar photovoltaic systems are eligible under this regulation.

For more information please visit the PEI Government.(http://www.irac.pe.ca/document.asp?file=legislation/RenewableEnergyActMinimumPurchasePriceRegulations.asp)


Quebec Solar Incentives

Energy Efficiency Programs
The Province of Quebec does not have any specific solar incentives however you can visit l’Agence de l’efficacité énergétique ( www.aee.gouv.qc.ca/index.jsp) for energy efficiency information.

For additional information on energy efficiency programs and incentives please visit Hydro Québec website (www.hydroquebec.com)

Net Metering Program
Hydro Québec has a net metering option which allows households or entities to feed surplus power generated from distributed systems, such as solar PV systems, into the grid. For more information visit www.hydroquebec.com/autoproduction/en/mesurage_net.html

Quebec Solar Companies and Organizations

For more information on solar companies and organizations visit the Member Industry Directory


Saskatchewan Solar Incentives

Energy Star Rebate for New Homes
Saskatchewan residents who build or purchase a newly constructed ENERGY STAR qualified or R-2000 home between after April 1, 2007 are now eligible to receive a number of rebates, including a $1,000 rebate for the installation of a solar domestic hot water heating system.

For more information please visit SaskEnergy. (www.saskenergy.com/saving_energy/energystarnewhomes.asp)

EnerGuide for Houses Program
The Government of Saskatchewan has extended and enhanced the Saskatchewan EnerGuide for Houses retrofit grant program until March 31, 2011. Individuals who qualify under this new program also qualify for the Federal ecoENERGY Retrofit.

For more information please visit SaskEnergy. (www.saskenergy.com/saving_energy/energuide.asp)

Solar Heating Initiative for Today (SHIFT)
The SHIFT program provides funding for new solar water heating systems to large, non-residential consumers of hot water in Saskatchewan. The program is available for businesses, industries, multiple-unit residential buildings over three stories, public institutions such as hospitals and schools, and municipal and provincial facilities. The SHIFT incentive matches the ecoENERGY for Renewable Heat incentive level combining to provide up to $80,000 on eligible project costs.

For more information please visit NRCan (http://ecoaction.gc.ca/ecoenergy-ecoenergie/heat-chauffage/sk-shift-eng.cfm)

Net Metering Program and 25% Rebate on Start Up Solar Projects
Net metering allows individuals who use their own renewable energy sources to offset their consumption from SaskPower. Net metering is one program in a suite of sustainable and renewable energy initiatives that is designed to ensure that the province is supplied with safe, reliable and sustainable electricity now, and into the future.

The Saskatchewan Research Council (SRC), with funding from Saskatchewan’s Green Strategy, has up to $300,000 per year, for four years, to support net metering installations within the province. SRC will pay a one-time fee of 25% of eligible start-up costs up to a maximum of $100,000 (i.e., maximum $25,000). Projects with generating capacities of 100kW or less, including solar photovoltaic projects, that comply with the local utility’s net metering policies and enter into net metering contracts with their local electric utilities are eligible for funding under this program.

For more information please visit Saskatchewan Research Council. (http://www.src.sk.ca/html/research_technology/energy_conservation/net_metering/index.cfm)

Saskatchewan Solar Companies and Organizations

For more information on solar companies and organizations visit the Member Industry Directory


Yukon Solar Incentives

Good Energy Program
The Government of Yukon does offers energy efficiency incentives and offers a $500 rebate for the installation of a qualified solar hot water heating system through its Good Energy Program. This program is also tied to the Federal ecoEnergy Retrofit Program.

For more information visit the Yukon Government (http://www.esc.gov.yk.ca/programs.html).