Program Details

Rebates Available

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

Residential and Commercial Solar Program Rebate Rates

Energy Efficiency Alberta agrees to pay a prescriptive per-watt rebate 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.

Residential

($/watt)

Commercial or Non-Profit

($/watt)

0 to 15 kW

$0.75/watt

0 to 5 MW

$0.75/watt

Maximum payable incentive

The lesser of $10,000 or 30% of eligible system costs

The lesser of $500,000 or 25% of eligible system costs

Expenses

Eligible Expenses

Eligible expenses incurred by the applicant will be used to calculate the rebate value as described above and must be outlined by the applicant in the Residential and Commercial Solar Program Application. To be included in the rebate calculation, eligible expenses must be incurred by the applicant 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

Expenses that are ineligible for reimbursement through the Residential and Commercial Solar Program include:

  • Goods and Services Tax (GST);
  • expenses for the operation and maintenance of a project;
  • lease payment expenses incurred after the project is energized;
  • expenses incurred by the applicant to complete the Residential and Commercial Solar Program Application;
  • expenses incurred by the applicant to prepare documents, process invoices, or other administrative and internal costs; and
  • any other expense deemed by Energy Efficiency Alberta to be ineligible.

Incentive Disbursement

The approval and allocation of qualified funds will occur on a first-come, first-served basis based on Application Part I approval dates. Applicants will be placed into the first-come, first-served queue in the order in which they submit a completed Residential and Commercial Solar Program Application to the satisfaction and approval of the program administrator. All residential systems must be completed and interconnected within 6 months of their Part I approval date and all commercial and non-profit systems must be completed and interconnected within 12 months of their Part I approval date. Any systems that do not complete their system and their Part II application within these time frames is subject to removal from the payment queue and must reapply if they still wish to participate in the program. When available funding is fully committed, applicants 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 systems on the waiting list queue.

The Residential and Commercial Solar Program rebate will be paid to the applicant by direct deposit to their bank account after the applicant has completed Part II of their application and provided all supporting documentation that the program administrator requires to verify that the project is complete.



Download the full Energy Efficiency Alberta Residential and Commercial Solar Program Guidebook here

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