Solar Rebates & Energy Efficiency Incentives British Columbia
(Complete Guide 2019)
British Columbia Energy Incentives
British Columbia currently has an abundance of energy and energy efficiency incentives available at the provincial, regional, and utility levels – with solar rebates and incentives available at the provincial and regional levels.
The solar energy rebates on this page are denoted by a sun symbol (), energy and energy efficiency rebates are denoted by a bolt symbol (), and electric vehicle rebates are denoted with a car symbol ().
You can read from top to bottom, or simply jump to your preferred energy incentive category by selecting it below:
If you’ve read this page, the Complete British Columbia 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
Alternative Energy Sources PST Exemption
The PST Exemption for alternative energy products is the only province-wide solar incentive available in BC. The exemption, offered by the Government of British Columbia covers all solar photovoltaic and solar thermal panels, as well as any necessary equipment (wiring, controllers, inverters, pumps, tubing, etc.) required to install them provided they are sold together as a single package. The PST exemption will reduce the upfront cost of your installation.
Home Renovation Rebate and EfficiencyBC Program
The Home Renovation Rebate and EfficiencyBC Program is jointly administered by BC Hydro, FortisBC, and the Province of BC. Rebates range from $50 to $5,500 on energy upgrades to windows, heat pumps, EnergGuide appliances, insulation and much more!
The only requirement is that you’re a BC Hydro, FortisBC, or municipal energy customers. The current program details that energy upgrades must be complete by Sept 2018, however, we expect this program to renew this year. This also applies to the Oil to Heat Pump Program run by the province.
Clean Energy Vehicle Program (CEVforBC)
The CEV Program is a one-time, point-of-sale cash incentive available during purchases of an electric, hybrid, or hydrogen fuel cell vehicles. The rebate breaks down as follows:
- $5,000 for Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV)
- $6,000 for Fuel Cell Vehicle (FCV)
- $5,000 for Plug In Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV) or Extended Range Electric Vehicle (E-REV)
- Battery capacity above 15kWh
- $2,500 for Plug In Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV) or Extended Range Electric Vehicle (E-REV)
- Battery capacity below 15kWh but above 4kWh
The CEV program is due to run until March 2021 or until funds run out.
The province also runs a separate cash rebate called the Specialty Use Vehicle Incentive Program. This program is available to individuals for the purchase of a low-speed vehicle and electric motorcycles. The maximum rebate amount is equal to 35% of the vehicle Manufacture’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP).
There exists two other privately funding EV incentive programs in the province that is available to all BC residents. This is the Scrap-It Program which offers incentives to scrap high polluting vehicles and the ZapBC program which offers free Level 2 ChargePoint EV chargers.
Regional Energy Incentives
Nanaimo and Lantzville Renewable Energy Systems Program
The Renewable Energy Systems Program is available for residents living in the Nanaimo and Lantzville who are interested in purchasing a:
- Solar Hot Water Heater
- Solar Photovoltaic System
- Geothermal System
- Micro and Small Wind System (1-10kW)
The incentive is a one-time payment that varies between $250-$400 depending on if you are required to obtain a development variance permit.
The Renewable Energy Systems Program is part of the Green Building Incentives Program which also offers rebates on a wide range of energy upgrades including oil to heat pumps, electric vehicle charging stations, home energy assessments and more!
North Cowichan & Duncan Tap by Tap Program
The Tap by Tap Program is available to residents in Cowichan and Duncan who are interested in reducing their energy and water usage. Residents can head to their local program office and claim their free water and energy saving kit which often includes a high efficiency showerhead and aerators for kitchen and bathroom faucets.
City of Nelson EcoSave Program
The EcoSave Program is a unique offering for Nelson homeowners who would like access to a free energy audit and thermal imaging showing where heat is leaving the house (identifying gaps in insulation). Homeowners also have access to various rebates for home energy efficiency upgrades.
Utility Energy Incentives
BC Hydro’s Rebates currently apply towards the purchasing of Energy Star appliances as well as for home renovation and various energy efficiency upgrades. The rebates range from $25 to $2,000 depending on upgrade.
Fortis BC Rebates are structured similar to BC Hydro’s. You can get back between $50 to $2,700 for various home renovation and energy efficiency upgrades as well as by purchasing Energy Star appliances.
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 British Columbia.
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