Policy-FILTER

DISCOVER THE INCENTIVES IN YOUR AREA

Incentive programs help decrease the cost generating solar power.

Ontario and Saskatchewan have the best programs in Canada.

California has the best program in the United States.

The energy policy in your area can dramatically affect how much a solar energy system costs. In general, there are two types of incentive programs. Capital rebate programs give you cash towards the purchase and installation of a solar energy system. Operational rebate programs (such as net metering and feed-in-tariff) give you cash or credits as your system generates power.

At Solar Consultant, we focus on programs aimed towards solar panels. However, it should be mentioned that there are great programs for solar thermal systems as well.

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Alberta is one of the sunniest provinces in Canada. The province currently offers both Net Metering as well as direct financial rebates.

As power generation is privatized in Alberta, each company has their own program when it comes to Net Metering. See below for more details on the most popular programs:

When it comes to direct financial rebates, Alberta is offering incentives through their Residential and Commercial Solar Program. This program provides the following incentive levels (subject to eligibility):

  • $0.75/W rebate for residential systems. The maximum grant amount is the lesser of 30% of eligible system cost or $10,000.
  • $0.75/W rebate for commercial systems. The maximum grant amount is the lesser of 25% of the eligible system cost or $500,000.
  • $0.75/W rebate for non-profit systems. The maximum grant amount is the lesser of 25% of the eligible system cost or $500,000.

Last Update: July 2017

British Columbia has a “Net Metering” program through BC Hydro which allows residents to export any excess solar power they generate to the grid.

The excess solar electricity that is exported to the grid is deducted from your electricity bill. For example, if you consumed 1,000 kWh and exported 200 kWh in a month you would only be charged for only 800 kWh worth of electricity.

  • The program details are available here.

There are currently no direct financial rebates for solar panels in BC.

Last Update: July 2017

Manitoba has a Net Metering program as well as direct financial rebates through Manitoba Hydro.

When it comes to Net Metering, power from systems with 200 kW of capacity or less is purchased at the standard residential rate. For systems larger than 200 kW, a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) must be negotiated.

  • The program details are available here.

When it comes to direct financial rebates, Manitoba Hydro offers the following:

  • $1 per watt installed capacity.
  • Incentive is paid at the end of the project.

The full financial rebates and eligibility requirements can be found here.

Last Update: July 2017

New Brunswick has a Net Metering program, called NB Power Net Metering, which allows residents to export any excess solar power they generate to the grid.

The excess solar electricity that is exported to the grid is deducted from your electricity bill. For example, if you consumed 1,000 kWh and exported 200 kWh in a month you would only be charged for only 800 kWh worth of electricity.

  • The program details are available here.

There are currently no direct financial rebates for solar panels in New Brunswick.

Last Update: July 2017

Newfoundland and Labrador has no incentives or programs of any kind. The main reason is the combination of abundant clean energy (through hydroelectricity) and the lack of a provincial on-grid system policy.

There are solar panel installations in the province, but they are mostly off-grid systems primarily servicing remote cottages.

Last Update: November 2015

Nova Scotia has a “Net Metering” program through Nova Scotia Power which allows residents to export any excess solar power they generate to the grid. The excess solar electricity that is exported to the grid is deducted from your electricity bill. For example, if you consumed 1,000 kWh and exported 200 kWh in a month you would only be charged for only 800 kWh worth of electricity.

If you have produced more electricity than you have consumed at the end of the year, Nova Scotia Power will provide you with a cash payment for the excess electricity.

  • The program details are available here.

There are currently no direct financial rebates for solar panels in Nova Scotia.

Last Update: November 2015

Ontario has the most developed solar incentive programs in Canada. The province has two popular programs:

With FIT (Feed-in Tariff), you are paid a guaranteed price for any solar electricity you generate for the duration of the contract. In general, the FIT program is available for renewable energy systems with less than 500 kW of generation capacity. The program has a detailed price schedule that depends on both the system size as well as the type of renewable energy.


Ontario Solar Incentives

Ontario Renewable Energy Incentives


Net Metering allows residents to export any excess solar power they generate to the grid. The excess solar electricity that is exported to the grid is deducted from your electricity bill. For example, if you consumed 1,000 kWh and exported 200 kWh in a month you would only be charged for only 800 kWh worth of electricity. If you produce more than you consume, the credits can be carried forward for up to twelve months.

Last Update: July 2017

Prince Edward Island has a “Net Metering” program through Maritime Electric which allows residents to export any excess solar power they generate to the grid. The excess solar electricity that is exported to the grid is deducted from your electricity bill. For example, if you consumed 1,000 kWh and exported 200 kWh in a month you would only be charged for only 800 kWh worth of electricity.

  • The program details are available here.

There are currently no direct financial rebates for solar panels in PEI.

Last Update: November 2015

Quebec has a “Net Metering” program through Hydro Quebec which allows residents to export any excess solar power they generate to the grid. The excess solar electricity that is exported to the grid is deducted from your electricity bill. For example, if you consumed 1,000 kWh and exported 200 kWh in a month you would only be charged for only 800 kWh worth of electricity.

  • The program details are available here.

There are currently no direct financial rebates for solar panels in Quebec.

Last Update: November 2015

Saskatchewan has a “Net Metering” program through SaskPower which allows residents to export any excess solar power they generate to the grid. The excess solar electricity that is exported to the grid is deducted from your electricity bill. For example, if you consumed 1,000 kWh and exported 200 kWh in a month you would only be charged for only 800 kWh worth of electricity.

In addition, Saskatchewan offers a one-time rebate of 20% of the costs (maximum payment of $20,000) for a net metering project.

  • The Net Metering Program details are available here.
  • The Net Metering Rebate details are available here.

Last Update: November 2015

Policy-FILTER

DISCOVER THE INCENTIVES IN YOUR AREA

INTRO TO ENERGY POLICIES

Why Energy Policies Are Important

The energy policy in your area can dramatically affect how much renewable energy such as solar panels cost.

Types of Energy Policies

In general, there are three types of policy tools that governments can utilize to promote renewable energy.

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EXAMPLES OF SUBSIDIES

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FEED-IN-TARIFF (FIT)

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TAX INCENTIVES

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EXAMPLES OF TAXATION POLICIES

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CARBON TAX

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CAP AND TRADE

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EXAMPLES OF DIRECT REGULATION POLICIES

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BANNING COAL POWER PLANTS

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RENEWABLE FUEL STANDARDS

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