Complete Guide For Solar Power Saskatchewan 2019

Congratulations! You’ve found the ultimate guide for going solar in Saskatchewan!

Saskatchewan is currently ranked as being the worst province in the country for installing a solar power system, scoring as one of the worst provinces for incentives, financing options, and net metering policies.

This page contains all available information about installing solar in Saskatchewan including solar incentives, regional geography, electrical utilities, and access to solar, as of 2019.

You can read from top to bottom, or skip to your preferred section by clicking on it below:

Overall Solar Rating

Overall Provincial Solar Rankings

We’ve ranked Saskatchewan as being tied Canada’s worst province for solar power in 2019. Saskatchewan’s scores have plummeted (it was ranked #3 in the country) after SaskPower cancelled the incentive program and change the net metering policy.

However, Saskatchewan still has reasonably high electricity prices and the highest levels of sunlight in the country.

Curious to see how and why we rank the provinces the way we do? Check out the Solar Rankings Page to find out more.

Basic System Information

When thinking about solar power, the first questions that often come to a person’s mind are:

  • “How big does my solar system need to be?”
  • “Can I completely offset my electricity usage?”
  • “How much will it cost?”

This section is intended to answer these basic questions before going into the details about installing solar in Saskatchewan.

Sizing Your System

Determining the size of system you need is as simple as knowing how much energy you use during the course of a year. Your monthly SaskPower Bill will show your usage (in kWh) similar to the photo below:

Saskpower Electricity Bill

You’ll need to figure out how much energy you use in a year by adding up the amount shown for 12 consecutive months. Note that taking one month and multiplying by 12 won’t work because energy use fluctuates depending on the season.

After you know how much energy you use, you can easily calculate the size of the solar power system that you’ll need by using the following equation:

Size of system needed (in kW) = yearly energy use (in kWh) / 1,330h

(where 1,330h equals the annual average equivalent of full sunlight hours in Saskatchewan)

So let’s pretend you added up your power bills and determined that you use 10,000kWh over the course of a year, you would then do the above calculation and determine that you need a 7.52kW solar panel system!

10,000kWh / 1,330h = 7.52kW

System Location

Now that you know the size of your system, you’ll want to determine the best place to put it. Most residential homeowners in Saskatchewan put the solar panels on their roof, while most rural homeowners put them on the roof of their house, shop, or on the ground in their yard.

If you’re putting solar panels on your roof, you should know:

  • A south facing roof is best, east and west facing are good, north facing is just OK
  • Output on panels are guaranteed for 25 years, so you may need to replace your shingles (or entire roof) before installing
  • If you’re concerned about snow, know that roof mounted panels are harder to clean off
  • Your roof’s pitch (slope) is not the most optimal angle for solar production

If you’re putting solar panels on the ground, you should know:

  • These systems are more expensive upfront due to piling requirements, mounting materials, and power line trenching…
  • … But are cheaper in the long term because they are more efficient (see next point)
  • They can be easily placed to avoid shading, to the optimal direction (south), and to the optimal angle (~45°)
  • Systems can be much larger than roof mounted ones

Cost of Installation

Cost of Solar Power Canada 2019

The last piece of basic information that you’ll want to know is an approximation of how much your system will cost. To calculate this you’ll need to know the size of the system you plan to install (see previous section).

The rough calculation is simple. Just take the size of your system and multiply it by the $3.18/Watt (the average cost of installing a solar system in Saskatchewan). Using the example from the sizing section, we can see that a 7.52kW system would cost approximately $23,914 to install.

System cost = size needed x cost per installed watt

= 7,520Watts x $3.18/Watt

= $23,914

Please note that the exact price of the system depends on several factors including the system size, the quality of equipment used, and the complexity of the job. Even the range in the chart above is just for the average – installation prices can easily go as high as $3.50/Watt for premium equipment installed by the highest quality installers.

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Solar Incentives

Solar Energy and Energy Efficiency Incentives Canada

Major Program: None

Savings: None

Expiring: N/A

Saskatchewan recently had one of the best solar rebate programs in the country, however, as of November 1st – this program has ended completely.

Solar Rebates & Tax Credits

As mentioned, this program is now cancelled.

The SaskPower Solar Rebate is the largest solar incentive in the province offering a rebate of $0.61/Watt up to a maximum rebate amount of $20,000.

Here is what the savings would look like if we used the same size system from the sizing section:

(7,520 watts) x ($0.61/watt) = $4,587

The average Saskatchewan homeowner can offset their power consumption with a 7.52kW system (7,520 Watts) which will come with a rebate of $4,587.

Other Energy Incentives

Unfortunately, Saskatchewan is the only province/territory in the country without incentives for energy efficiency home upgrades.

Businesses can now use the Federal Tax Provision for Clean Energy Equipment to fully expense their solar system. This means a CCA rate of 100% and the abolishment of the first year rule.

Remember, also has a special solar incentive. It’s not huge, but it’s easy to claim – just send us a picture of your installation or purchase agreement with one of our certified energy installers. Full details on the Cash Incentive Page.

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Regional Geography

Solar Irradiation and Energy Use Canada

Production Efficiency: 1330kWh/kW/yr

Average Energy Use: 20MWh/yr

In terms of available natural resources and homeowner energy demand, Saskatchewan is the best provinces in the country to install solar. This section briefly covers the amount of sunlight that Saskatchewan receives (solar irradiation) as well as energy demand from homeowners.

Solar Irradiation

Saskatchewan has the highest potential to produce solar energy in all of Canada, receiving more solar irradiation than any other province or territory!

According to data from National Resources Canada, the average solar system in Saskatchewan can produce 1330kWh of electricity per kW of solar panels per year.

Here is how much an average solar system can produce each month, as well as the solar irradiation potential map for Saskatchewan:

Monthly Solar Irradiation Data Saskatchewan

Solar Energy Map Saskatchewan

This yearly average decreases as you move north and east in the province and increases as you move south and west. For example:

  • A 1kW solar system in Saskatoon would produce about 1,350 kWh/yr
  • A 1kW solar system in Regina would produce about 1,361 kWh/yr
  • A 1kW solar system in Prince Albert would produce about 1,300 kWh/yr
  • A 1kW solar system in Moose Jaw would produce about 1,363 kWh/yr
  • A 1kW solar system in Lloydminster would produce 1,278 kWh/yr

Total Energy Demand

According to the Canada Energy Regulator, Saskatchewan uses approximately 20MWh of electricity per person, per year (including industrial and transportation demand)! And although only a small portion of this is used within the household, the number still demonstrates a strong need for energy generation and energy efficiency technologies.

In sum, the energy generated from an average-sized solar system can produce enough energy to offset your home’s yearly energy usage

Electrical Utilities

Electricity and Solar Setup Fees Canada

Variable Costs: $0.15/kWh

Fixed Costs: $24/mo

Setup Fees: Varies

Saskatchewan scores in the middle for switching to solar power in terms of utility related factors. This section covers how the costs of electricity as well as solar setup fees affect of the feasibility of solar in Saskatchewan.

Variable Electricity Costs

On Grid Energy Storage

Variable electricity rates determine the maximal amount of money that can be saved by switching to solar – ie. they represent the portion of your power bill that goes to zero when you don’t use any energy. Thus the relatively high rates in Saskatchewan ($0.15/Watt) means that the average homeowner has a lot to save with solar.

Fixed Electricity Costs

On the other hand, fixed electricity costs are not so good because they don’t disappear even if you switch to solar power – you’ll pay them as long as you remain connected to the grid. However, this isn’t necessarily a bad thing – $24/mo is a small price to pay for using the grid as your energy back-up and virtual energy storage device!

The only way to completely remove your fixed costs is to go off the grid, something most homeowners don’t do due to the large price and maintenance costs of battery storage. Plus, disconnecting from the grid means you won’t be able to participate in a net metering program.

Net Metering Policy

Electricity Smart MeterNet Metering is one of the most important policy mechanisms that makes solar a feasible energy generation option. Net Metering essentially means that you can send the excess energy that you produce (during the day the summer) back to the electricity grid and earn credits for that energy.

These credits can then be used to offset your energy usage during times when your solar system doesn’t produce as much energy as is needed (during the night and winter). Without this mechanism, you would need to purchase an extremely costly set of batteries.

SaskPower’s Net Metering Policies were recently updated to allow for a system of any size to connect to the grid.

However, you will no longer receive credits for excess energy production at the retail rate (like you do in most other provinces). Instead, Saskpower is essentially operating a net-billing system (like in Manitoba) and only crediting producers a small amount.

You will get paid just $0.075 for the excess energy you produce, roughly 1/2 of the retail rate! A very bad deal for Saskatchewan homeowners.

Solar Setup Fees

The fees for setting up a solar system vary depending on who you pay for your electricity, with SaskPower customers paying the most:


  • SaskPower paperwork
  • $498 new meter fee
  • $315 interconnection fee

Saskatoon L&P

  • Saskatoon L&P paperwork
  • $100 application fee

Swift Current L&P

  • SaskPower paperwork
  • No fees!

This is opposed to many provinces like Alberta where the utility covers the cost of the interconnection study and bi-directional meter.

Access To Solar

Solar Cost Financing and Installer Access

Upfront Cost: $3.18/Watt

Financing: Partial Energy Loan

Installer Access: High

A completely new section to this year’s Saskatchewan solar guide, Access to Solar explores the major accessibility factors in the province.

Cost of Installation

The upfront cost of installation is obviously one of the largest factors that determines whether or not a person is going to switch to solar. The current prices in Saskatchewan range from $2.50-$3.70 with the average price being somewhere around $3.18.

The price changes depending on a variety of factors:

  • The size of system required (larger systems are cheaper on a per Watt basis)
  • The complexity and/or specific requirements of the job
  • The type and quality of equipment used
  • The quality of the installation company

Remember, you can easily calculate the total estimated cost of your system in the Basics Section at the top of this page.

In general, aiming for the cheapest price shouldn’t be your goal. Remember that the energy output on solar equipment is guaranteed for 25 years, so you want to make sure that your installation job is good enough to support that. You’ll also want to be sure that the company you choose will be around in 5 to 10 years from now in case you need service or warranty work done.

PACE Financing

Solar and Energy Financing Options Canada

Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) is an innovative financing option that allows you to cover the entire upfront cost of your solar system (or energy efficiency upgrades) with a $0 down, long amortization period, low interest ‘loan’.

However, unlike a typical loan, this loan is attached to your property (not you) and is paid back alongside your property tax bill as a Local Improvement Charge (LIC). The only eligibility is that you need to own a certain percentage of your property.

Unfortunately, no PACE financing options exist in Saskatchewan.

Other Financing Options

Obviously though, PACE is not the only way to finance a solar system. Systems can be financed by cash, bank loans, installer financing, home equity loans, a home equity line of credit, a mortgage (for new builds), or through energy loans.

Several options exist for Saskatchewan homeowners:

Access to Installers

The final category that we ranked for this year’s Saskatchewan solar guide is access to reputable and high-quality solar installers. And fortunately, Saskatchewan has no shortage of them.

When you request an installation estimate through our contact form, we will connect you with the best installation company based on your specific system needs.Saskatchewan Solar Power

Solar Power Saskatchewan: Summary

Because of Saskatchewan’s lack of incentives and poor utility policies – we rank it as being the worst province in the country for switching to solar power.

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