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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.

CONTACT US if you have any questions regarding the incentives in your area.

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Alberta is one of the sunniest provinces in Canada. The only incentive at this time is the “Micro-Generation Regulation”. This essentially allows residents to sell any excess electricity they generate via solar back onto the province’s electrical grid. The residents sell the electricity to the grid at the same price they buy.

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

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

Last Update: November 2015

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: November 2015

Manitoba has a “Net Metering” program through Manitoba 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 sold at the same price the consumer is charged for grid electricity.

  • The program details are available here.

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

Last Update: November 2015

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: November 2015

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 microFIT, you are paid a guaranteed price for any solar electricity you generate over a twenty year period. For systems under 10 kW, system owners are paid 38.4 cents per kWh which is a significant premium over the retail electricity price.

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 eleven months.

Last Update: November 2015

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

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