Program Details

Incentives Available

Homeowners, businesses, and non-profits are eligible to receive a financial incentive for the completion of a project through the Residential and Commercial Solar Program.

Residential and Commercial Solar Program Incentive Rates

Energy Efficiency Alberta agrees to pay a prescriptive per-watt incentive based on total installed system capacity ($/W), in accordance with the rates defined in the table below. Please note that systems sized here refer to cumulative project size in nominal DC watts.

 

 

Category

Residential

($/watt)

Commercial and Institutional

($/watt)

Non-Profit Organizations

($/watt)

Per Watt Payable Incentive

$0.90/watt

$0.75/watt

$1.00/watt

Maximum Payable Incentive

The lesser of $10,000 or 35% of eligible system costs

The lesser of $1,000,000 or 35% of eligible system costs

The lesser of $1,000,000 or 35% of eligible system costs

Expenses

Eligible Expenses

Eligible expenses associated with the installation of a solar PV system will be used to calculate the incentive value as described in Section 4.1 of the Terms & Conditions and must be provided in the RCSP Application. To be included in the incentive calculation, eligible expenses must be incurred prior to project Part II approval.

The following expenses will be included in calculating the maximum payable incentive:

  • expenses for the purchase of the solar PV equipment for the project (i.e. solar PV modules, racking, inverters, transformer (if any), cabling, conduit, fittings, disconnects, and monitoring interface);
  • expenses for the design, development, energy modelling, engineering (structural, electrical, civil, geotechnical), specification, procurement, and construction of the project;
  • expenses for obtaining the required electrical permit and grid-connected approvals, and any required building and development permits;
  • expenses for completing the required electrical inspection and building inspection for the project; and
  • expenses borne by the applicant for transmission and distribution system upgrades necessary to obtain interconnection approval.
Ineligible Expenses

The following expenses are not eligible for inclusion in the calculation of the maximum payable incentive::

  • Goods and Services Tax (GST);
  • expenses for the operation and maintenance of a project;
  • lease payment expenses incurred after the project is energized, including interest expense;
  • batteries or battery storage units connected to the solar PV system;
  • expenses incurred by the applicant to complete the RCSP Application;
  • expenses incurred by the applicant to prepare documents, process invoices, or other administrative and internal costs; and
  • any other expense deemed by EEA to be ineligible.

Incentive Disbursement

The approval and allocation of incentive funds will occur on a first-come, first-served basis based on Application Part I approval dates. RCSP applications will be placed into the first-come, first-served queue in the order in which they were Part I verified to the satisfaction and approval of the program administrator. All solar PV systems must be completed as per Section 3.0 of the Terms & Conditions. Any RCSP applications that have not completed Part II of the application process within these time frames is subject to removal from the payment queue and must contact the program administrator if they still wish to participate in the program.

When available funding is fully committed, applications will be automatically placed on a waiting list in their order of Part I approval and any additional funds that become available will be distributed to applications on the waiting list queue on a first-come first -serve basis.

In any given fiscal year, EEA reserves the right to allocate a portion of incentive funds to serve residential participants exclusively.

The RCSP incentive will be paid by direct deposit to the bank account identified in the application, once Part II of the application has been completed and approved by the program administrator. The program administrator must verify that the project is complete by reviewing all required documentation, before the incentive will be paid. The application process is described in Section 5.0 of the Terms & Conditions.


Download the Energy Efficiency Alberta Residential and Commercial Solar Program Terms and Conditions here

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