Alberta announces $36M rebate program for solar panels on homes, businesses

Program to reduce solar installation costs by up to 30 per cent for homes and 25 per cent for businesses

The Canadian Press Posted: Feb 27, 2017 8:09 PM MT Last Updated: Feb 27, 2017 8:09 PM MT

The Alberta government has yet to roll out its incentive program for residential solar panels.

The Alberta government has  roll out its incentive program for residential solar panels

Alberta's long awaiting Solar Rebate Program offers $0.75/watt for home and business owners connecting solar systems to reduce their electrical bills. Set to launch in June, the rebates are retroactive for any system with interconnection agreements made after April 15, 2017.

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The Alberta government is putting up $36 million over two years for a rebate program to encourage rooftop solar panels on homes and businesses.

Environment Minister Shannon Phillips says more details are to come .

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Alberta Municipal Solar Program - click here for more info

The Alberta Municipal Solar Program (AMSP) provides financial rebates to Alberta municipalities who install solar photovoltaics (PV) on their municipal buildings.

Who can participate in the AMSP?

  • Municipalities within the province of Alberta
  • Solar PV must be installed on municipal buildings
  • Examples of eligible buildings include: arenas, administration buildings, police stations, fire halls, recreation centres, libraries, public works shops, and community centres
  • Community related organizations (CROs), such as community leagues, are also eligible to participate. However, they must occupy municipally owned buildings and municipalities must apply to the AMSP on their behalf.
  • All projects must be in compliance with Alberta’s Micro-Generation Regulation. Click here to review the Micro-Generator Application Guideline.

Ineligible projects:

  • Projects located on privately owned buildings, schools, universities, or hospitals
  • Solar PV installations that are financed through leasing
  • Solar PV installations completed before February 5, 2016How much funding is available?

    The program provides a rebate ($/watt) based on installed solar capacity to a maximum of 20% of capital costs or $300,000. To receive funding, participants must install solar PV and conduct public outreach following completion of the installation. The rebate will be issued to municipalities after project completion is verified.

    Solar CapacityRebate
    <10 kilowatts$0.75/Watt
    10 kilowatts to <150 kilowatts$0.60/Watt
    150 kilowatts to 1 Megawatt$0.45/Watt

    Note: Funding is available on a first come, first served basis. Municipalities are eligible to submit multiple applications.

    How do I apply?
    Applications for the AMSP will be accepted beginning March 1, 2016. Application details will be posted on the MCCAC website.

    Where do I find additional information?
    Inquiries may be directed to contact@mccac.ca

Growing Forward 2 (On-Farm Solar Photovoltaics – On-Farm Energy Management Sub-Program)

Growing Forward solar program for agricultural producers

The program provides funding towards solar PV systems on Alberta farms, enabling producers to generate their own electricity and save on energy costs while reducing their carbon emissions. The Growing Forward 2 Solar Photovoltaics Program application window reopened on July 5, 2016.

On-Farm Energy Management

Terms & Conditions

Funding List

Application Form  

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Program purpose statement

This program shares the cost of investments that improve energy efficiency on Alberta farms. This enables producers to conserve energy and reduce carbon emissions, ultimately reducing the environmental footprint of Alberta’s agriculture industry.

The Growing Forward 2 On-Farm Energy Management Program addresses three important industry priorities.

  1. Increased industry competitiveness. When producers make investments that improve energy usage on their farms, the result is a more competitive, adaptable, and sustainable provincial agriculture industry.
  2. Improved environmental stewardship. When producers use energy more efficiently, they are recognized as reliable stewards of Alberta’s resources.
  3. Improved energy management. Producers who install on-farm submeters are better aware of their energy usage and how to manage it to improve their bottom line.

What kinds of projects are eligible?

Eligible projects include (but are not limited to):

  • Construction projects that install high-efficiency equipment from the program’s Funding List
  • Retrofit projects that improve the operation’s energy usage per unit of production
  • Installation of submeters to monitor on-farm electricity and/or natural gas usage
  • More sector-specific examples can be found in the factsheets to the right.

How are costs shared?

For most items the program covers 35% of eligible costs, to a maximum of $50,000. Some items are funded on a square-footage or formula basis. The program also covers 100% of the cost for each applicant’s first three submeters.

Not eligible are residences and buildings used primarily for non-farm activities.

Who can participate?

Producers in Alberta with a minimum of $10,000 farm commodity or livestock production income.

How do I start?

Submit an application to the On-Farm Energy Management Program complete with quotes for any equipment you are looking to purchase.

On-Farm Solar Photovoltaics – On-Farm Energy Management Sub-Program

Terms & Conditions

Application Form

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Additional Site Sheets

Program purpose statement

The program provides funding towards solar photovoltaics on Alberta farms. This enables producers to conserve non-renewable fossil fuels and reduce carbon emissions, ultimately reducing the environmental footprint of Alberta's agriculture industry.

The Growing Forward 2 Solar Photovoltaics Program addresses two important industry priorities:

  1. Improved environmental stewardship. When producers make investments in clean energy and reduced carbon emissions, they are recognized for their commitment to sustainable practices.
  2. Improved energy management. Producers who install photovoltaic systems tend to take a renewed interest in their electricity usage; this leads to additional efficiency investments.

What kinds of PV Systems are eligible?

To be eligible for funding, a Photovoltaic system must be:

Grid-tied, not off-grid,

  • Approved under Alberta's Micro-Generation Legislation,
  • Positioned to optimize sunshine and minimize shading,
  • Have manufacturer-warranties on: Solar modules, Racking, Inverters and/or Micro-inverters,
  • Producing power that is used in the production of a primary commodity, and
  • Purchased during the period from April 1, 2013 to March 31, 2018, including already-installed systems.

How are costs shared?

Grants are calculated based on an eligible system's nominal wattage, up to a maximum percentage of system cost. Third-party contractor-installed systems are funded at a higher rate than self-installed systems. A maximum of $50,000 per applicant is available through the program.

Who can participate?

On-Farm Solar Photovoltaics – On-Farm Energy Management Sub-Program

Terms & Conditions

Application Form

See Links and other resources below

Additional Site Sheets

Program purpose statement

The program provides funding towards solar photovoltaics on Alberta farms. This enables producers to conserve non-renewable fossil fuels and reduce carbon emissions, ultimately reducing the environmental footprint of Alberta's agriculture industry.

The Growing Forward 2 Solar Photovoltaics Program addresses two important industry priorities:

Improved environmental stewardship. When producers make investments in clean energy and reduced carbon emissions, they are recognized for their commitment to sustainable practices.

  1. Improved energy management. Producers who install photovoltaic systems tend to take a renewed interest in their electricity usage; this leads to additional efficiency investments.

What kinds of PV Systems are eligible?

To be eligible for funding, a Photovoltaic system must be:

  • Grid-tied, not off-grid,
  • Approved under Alberta's Micro-Generation Legislation,
  • Positioned to optimize sunshine and minimize shading,
  • Have manufacturer-warranties on: Solar modules, Racking, Inverters and/or Micro-inverters,
  • Producing power that is used in the production of a primary commodity, and
  • Purchased during the period from April 1, 2013 to March 31, 2018, including already-installed systems.

How are costs shared?

Grants are calculated based on an eligible system's nominal wattage, up to a maximum percentage of system cost. Third-party contractor-installed systems are funded at a higher rate than self-installed systems. A maximum of $50,000 per applicant is available through the program.

Install Type:

    - Without having had an Energy Assessment                                        -  Having had an Energy Assessment

   -  Solar PV Contractor-Installed $0.45/W                                                - solar pv contractor-installed  $0.60/w

    - to maximum 20% of project costs                                                         - to a maximum 25% of project cost 

Self-InstalledWithout having had an Energy Assessment

$0.15/W to maximum 10% of project costs


Self installed- with having had an energy assessment

$0.30/Wto maximum 20% of project costs


Grant Maximum

$50,000

Who can participate?

Producers in Alberta with a minimum of $10,000 farm commodity or livestock production income.

How do I start?

Submit an application form to the Solar Photovoltaics Program. Include:

  • A finalized quote showing:
  • All eligible project costs
  • Make & Model for Modules, Racking, and Inverters
  • An approved application to connect to the grid as a Micro-Generator

Producers in Alberta with a minimum of $10,000 farm commodity or livestock production income.

How do I start?

Submit an application form to the Solar Photovoltaics Program. Include:

  • A finalized quote showing:
  • All eligible project costs
  • Make & Model for Modules, Racking, and Inverters
  • An approved application to connect to the grid as a Micro-Generator
  • http://www.growingforward.alberta.ca/cs/idcplg?IdcService=GET_FILE&dID=618876&dDocName=AGUCMINT-536900

Currently, small Micro Generation producers in Alberta will automatically receive credit which is equivalent to their current electricity rate, for surplus electricity generated and exported to the grid. For instance, if you are currently paying 8 cents/kWh for your electricity, you will also receive 8 cents/kWh for any excess solar energy that is fed back to the grid from your PV system. The bidirectional meter which is supplied free of charge by your Wire Services Provider, keeps track of both the energy imported from the grid and the energy exported to the grid. These meter reads are processed on a monthly basis and any excess solar energy supplied to the grid will show up as a credit on your monthly electricity bill. Terms of reference are defined within the Alberta Micro-generation Regulation.


Banff Solar PV Incentive Program

The Town of Banff has launched a new solar PV incentive program, which provides residential and commercial property owners with the opportunity to pay off their solar PV system within 7 years. Click here for more information.

Northwest Territories

Small Renewable Energy Fund – residential property/buildings/assets to reduce fuel use:

  • Grant of one third of system costs up to $5,000/year. Click here for more information.

Medium Renewable Energy Fund – commercial businesses (on or off-grid) to reduce fuel use:

  • Grant of one third of system costs up to $15,000/year. Click here for more information.

Community Renewable Energy Fund – governments, departments, boards, agencies, non-profits:

  • Grant of up to 50% of system cost up to $50,000/year. Click here for more information.

 

Saskatchewan

Net Metering Rebate (Extended until November 30 2016):

  • Offers a one-time rebate, equivalent to 20 per cent of eligible costs to a maximum payment of $20,000.
  • Covers eligible costs that include capital and installation costs for the energy production meter, identified separately on the invoice; and capital and installation costs for the renewable power generation equipment.
  • Available to SaskPower, Saskatoon Light & Power and City of Swift Current electricity customers.
  • More information here

 

Federal

Section 43.2 Tax Incentives (commercial projects only):

  • 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. Depreciation of the solar asset can only be applied to solar revenues unless the business is involved in manufacturing or processing, mining or the sale, distribution or production of energy of any kind.
  • For more information please click here or contact us.

Additional information on incentives for solar, energy efficiency and water savings upgrades for all provinces may be found here: http://oee.nrcan.gc.ca/corporate/1513