Solar Rebates & Energy Efficiency Incentives Alberta
(Complete Guide 2019)
Alberta Energy Incentives
Alberta is one of the most abundant provinces in the country when it comes to solar and energy incentives, with rebates existing at the provincial, regional, and utility levels. The solar energy rebates on this page are denoted by a sun symbol () while the energy and energy efficiency rebates are denoted by the bolt symbol ().
You can read from top to bottom, or simply jump to your preferred energy incentive category by selecting it below:
Some important things to keep in mind while reading about Alberta solar rebates:
1) Per Watt. Most solar rebates in the province are awarded on a per watt basis. This means that the amount of money you get back is directly dependent on the size system that you install (in units of watts). You can easily calculate the size of the solar system you need by using the simple formula in the Sizing Section of the Alberta Solar Guide.
2) Eligible Costs. Most rebates have a maximum funding amount that is based on a percentage of total eligible expenses. In general, eligible expenses include the full cost of materials and installation, but not the cost of taxes.
3) Qualified Installation. Finally, rebates in Alberta must meet certain installation qualifications. This often includes the stipulation that the system must be approved under Alberta’s Micro-Generation Legislation and be installed by a qualified installer with CSA approved electric equipment.
If you’ve read this page, the Complete Alberta Solar Guide, and are interested in installing a system with a qualified installer, you can request an estimate by filling out the form here. Our pre-screened installers are eligible for all rebates and can fill out the necessary paperwork on your behalf.
Provincial Energy Incentives
Energy Efficiency Alberta’s Residential and Commercial Solar Program
Alberta’s largest solar rebate is the incentive offered through Energy Efficiency Alberta. This is a one-time rebate that can be applied for at the time of system installation. The rebate is based on the size if the system you install (in units of watts) and is awarded as follows:
- Maximum of $10,000 or 35% of eligible costs, whichever is less
Commercial & Institutional
- Up to max of $1,000,000 or 35% of eligible costs, whichever is less
- Up to max of $1,000,000 or 35% of eligible costs, whichever is less
The government of Alberta has set aside a total of $36 Million for the incentive program and its due to expire when the funds run out, or in March 2021, whichever is sooner.
Note, if you qualify for any of the next three provincial solar rebate programs (see the next three sections below), then you are ineligible to receive funding through the Energy Efficiency Alberta program.
Energy Efficiency Alberta also has several Residential Incentive Programs for home efficiency improvements, smart thermostats, EnerGuide appliances and more.
Growing Forward On-Farm Solar Photovoltaics Program
The On-Farm Solar Program is issued through Alberta Agriculture of Forestry and is designed for all Albertan farms with a distribution rate class of Farm, Irrigation, Grain Drying, or equivalent.
The rebate is based on the size if the system you install (in units of watts) and is awarded as follows:
System Size ≤ 100kW
- Up to max of 35% of eligible costs
System Size 100.01kW – 150kW
- Up to max of 27% of eligible costs
This rebate also required some additional qualifications. The solar system being installed must:
- Be positioned to optimize sunshine and minimize shading (usually ground-mounted)
- Have manufacturer warranties on all modules, racking, and inverters.
Farmers who qualify for the On-Farm Solar Program can NOT apply for the Energy Efficiency Alberta Solar Rebate.
Alberta Indigenous Solar Program (AISP)
The Alberta Indigenous Solar Program is a one-time rebate program open for indigenous and first nations settlements, councils, and organizations.
The rebate is granted based on the total system costs. Funding is available for up to 80% of eligible expenses (provided the system costs less than $3.25/watt) and up to a maximum of $200,000 per project.
Indigenous projects that qualify for the Alberta Indigenous Program can NOT apply for the Energy Efficiency Alberta Solar Rebate.
Alberta Municipal Solar Program (AMSP)
The Alberta Municipal Solar Program is designed for Albertan municipalities wishing to install a solar photovoltaic system.
The rebate is granted based on the size of the system installed and breaks down as follows:
- $0.90/Watt for systems <10kW
- $0.75/Watt for systems 10kW to <150kW
- $0.60/Watt for systems 150kW to <2MW
- $0.55/Watt for systems 2MW to 5MW
- In all cases, the maximum rebate amount must not exceed 30% of eligible system expenses.
Municipalities who qualify for the On-Farm Solar Program can NOT apply for the Energy Efficiency Alberta Solar Rebate.
Regional Energy Incentives
Alberta is also home to several regional rebate programs that CAN be combined with the Energy Efficiency Alberta Solar Program. These smaller rebates offer an additional incentive to switching towards solar in the province.
Banff Solar Photovoltaic Production Incentive
This Solar Production Incentive is open to residential and commercial property owners in the Town of Banff. The incentive paid to property owners based on the size of the system being installed at a rate of $0.75/Watt up to a maximum rebate amount of $5,625.
The Town of Banff also offers Residential Environmental Rebates for studded bike tires, Energy Star appliances, energy audits and more!
Brazeau County Municipal Energy Efficiency Rebate Program
The Energy Efficiency Rebate Program is open to all landowners residing in Brazeau County. The incentive is paid based on the size of the system being installed at a whopping rate of $0.75/Watt up to a maximum rebate amount of $10,000.
Canmore Solar Incentive
This Solar Incentive is available for a residents and businesses in the Town of Canmore wishing to install a solar photovoltaic system. The incentive is a one-time cash payment of $1,250 with a minimum system installation size of 2.5kW.
Note, details for 2019 incentive amounts will be released in February.
Edmonton Change Homes for Climate Solar Program (CHCSP)
The Change Homes Solar Program is open to residential property owners within the City of Edmonton. The incentive paid to homeowners based on the size of the system being installed at a rate of $0.15/Watt. The total incentive amount is capped at 50% of eligible costs or $6,500, whichever is lesser.
Medicine Hat Solar Electric Rebate
This Solar Electric Rebate is open all residential property owners in the City of Medicine Hat. The incentive is paid to homeowners based on the size of the system being installed at a rate of $0.70/Watt up to a maximum rebate amount of $5,000.
The City of Medicine Hat also offers HAT Smart Rebates for EnerGuide, and Energy Star, and air sealing upgrades.
Utility Energy Incentives
EQUS Solar Incentive
This Solar Incentive is open to all EQUS customers in 26 municipalities across the province. The incentive is paid our based on the size of the system installed at a rate of $0.10/Watt up to a maximum of $500.
Federal & Other Energy Incentives
EnergyHub.org Solar Cash Incentive
The Solar Cash Incentive offered by EnergyHub.org can be claimed in addition to any rebate program offered on this page. The total rebate amount is relatively small ($152), but it’s super easy to claim.
Federal Tax Provision for Clean Energy Equipment
The Federal Tax Provision for Clean Energy Equipment is a tax policy offered through the federal government that allows Canadian businesses to fully expense their clean energy equipment purchases (solar included). This means a CCA rate of 100% and the abolishment of the first year rule.
Please visit National Resources Canada for more solar and energy incentives for business and commercial applications in Alberta.
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