Solar Rebates in Alberta

In recent years, various Governments around Canada are taking renewable energy more seriously. To boost interest and viability in cleaner power sources, governments have introduced ways to reduce investment costs for homeowners and businesses.

Canada’s Federal Government introduced solar rebates, a way to allow homeowners and businesses to reduce the initial cost of installing PV panels on their properties.

Installing solar panels for a regular-sized home in Edmonton has an average cost of between $9,000 to $18,000.

Call Gridworks Energy today so we can help you get started in getting your rebates!

Solar Incentives Won’t Last Forever

We understand that receiving kickbacks from the government or local utility is a great opportunity, but these rebates don’t last forever. The incentive system is designed for early adoption, and as more people go solar, the benefits progressively become lower until they are completely phased out.

Contact us today and we can help you go solar and build a cleaner future for everyone.

What Types of Solar Rebates are there in Alberta?

Typically, solar rebates come from three levels of Government—Federal, Provincial, and Municipal.

While we will cover these in more detail below, we have included extra reading in our resources section at the bottom of this article for you to explore.

Prepare Ahead

Getting your rebates will take some time, and to ensure nothing gets delayed, you will want to ready the necessary paperwork and requirements. Here is a recommended list of things you’ll need to keep and prepare:

  • Pre and post-retrofit EnerGuide evaluation receipts.
  • Receipts and invoices that show products purchased and installation costs are marked and/or paid in full.
  • A copy of the letter of approval or permission for interconnection issued by the local electrical or building authority. (For grid-connected solar PV systems)
  • An attestation form (if applicable for your retrofits)

While rebate programs will have different requirements, these are the go-to documents that are commonly looked for. If you have any questions, Gridworks Energy is here to help you every step of the way.

Solar Rebates in Alberta

One of the most notable rebate programs is Alberta’s Clean Energy Improvement Program, which allows property owners long-term financing through their municipality. Repayment terms are up to 25 years and are paid off through tax added to the property’s tax bill.

What makes this rebate program different, however, is that the project is attached to the property, not the owner.

Gridworks Energy can make the process convenient and hassle-free.

Commercial Solar Rebates

Note: As of October 2022, 82% of this rebate’s funds have been committed.

Edmonton introduced Edmonton’s Building Energy Retrofit Accelerator (BERA), a federal rebate program that provides commercial and institutional buildings financial incentives, to help with energy efficiency upgrades and renewable energy installations.

The rebate program is available to:

  • Large Commercial Buildings
  • Light Industrial Buildings
  • Institutional Buildings
  • Common Spaces in Multi-Family Buildings
  • Apartments
  • Condominiums

For more information regarding the rebate cap, feel free to visit Edmonton’s BERA Program.

Call us now and Gridworks Energy can help you with the process.

Residential Solar Rebates

After Canada Greener Homes Initiative was announced in 2021 to help homeowners transition to solar, it was proven to be a success. To date, there have been 182,400+ applicants, and over $1M in grants have been sent to homeowners.

The growing number of applicants means a longer wait time in the future, Gridworks Energy will help you join the bandwagon and get your chance as early as possible!

General Summary:
You can have up to $600 towards the costs of your pre and post-EnerGuide evaluation.
Available grants range from $125 to $5,000.
Interest-free loans from $5,000 to $40,000 with a repayment term of 10 years.

In order to become eligible for these, you will need to follow these steps:

  • Step 1. Apply through the Canada Greener Homes Grant Portal.
  • Step 2. Have your pre-retrofit EnerGuide evaluation.
  • Step 3. You can apply for a loan or skip this step.
  • Step 4. Submit the required documents for a post-retrofit EnerGuide evaluation.
  • Step 5. Confirm your total grant amount through e-mail and receive your grant within 30 business days.

We highly recommend reading the eligibility criteria and requirements. Feel free to browse through them in the Alberta Solar Rebates Resources section below.

Solar Rebates in Edmonton

In an average year, Edmonton clocks an average of 2,300 hours of sunlight, making it one of the sunniest cities in Canada. Going solar will help Canada’s goal of making the country cleaner, as approximately 90% of Alberta’s power comes from fossil fuels.

Currently, the city of Edmonton isn’t offering homeowners a rebate on going solar.

There are two programs that are currently closed to new applicants:

  • Clean Energy Improvement Program (CEIP)
  • Solar Rebate Program

We will update this page once these open back up to the public.

Alberta Solar Rebates Resources

Municipalities of Alberta Rebates Clean Energy Improvement Program
https://ceip.abmunis.ca/

Municipal Climate Change Action Center –
https://mccac.ca/

Canada’s Greener Home Grant Program

https://www.nrcan.gc.ca/energy-efficiency/homes/canada-greener-homes-grant/23441

Energy Saving Programs for Businesses

https://www.eralberta.ca/energy-savings-for-business/

Edmonton’s BERA Programhttps://www.edmonton.ca/programs_services/environmental/building-energy-retrofit-accelerator