Details released as Alberta’s solar rebate program becomes active

The new program that will allow homeowners to receive up to 30 percent off solar panel installation costs–to a maximum rebate of $10,000–is now active.

The province made the announcement mid-Wednesday June 21st 2017 as the Energy Efficiency Alberta $36-million Residential and Commercial Solar Program launched.

What the program offers:
With this new Alberta solar rebate program funded through the province’s carbon tax revenue, homeowners living in the province of Alberta can receive up to 30 percent off when they install a solar energy system on their property.

This, to a maximum rebate of $10,000.

Rebates are based on the size of the installation and calculated at $0.75 per watt.

Businesses and non-profit groups are also eligible for up to 25 percent of system costs, to a maximum rebate of $500,000.

The Details:
All applicants to the two-year program must own or have long-term rights to their property, says the province.

Systems must also be designed and installed by qualified installers using CSA-approved panels and components or applicable certification to Canadian standards.

Once a system is installed, inspected and connected, homeowners can expect to receive a direct deposit in 10 to 15 business days.

To ensure a project is eligible, homeowners can apply directly at Energy Efficiency Alberta for pre-approval.

Systems installed prior to April 15, 2017, are not eligible for a rebate.

Why it matters:
“Solar electricity puts the power in Albertans’ hands, making life more affordable while diversifying the economy and reducing carbon pollution,” said Alberta Environment Minister Shannon Phillips, in a statement.

“Alberta’s been a late bloomer on energy efficiency,” added Phillips, “but we are making up for lost time.”

By 2020, the number of solar installations on rooftops in the province of Alberta is expected to increase from 1,800 to 10,000 systems, which will create about 900 jobs and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by a half million tons.

This is the same as taking 100,000 cars off the road.

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