Canada’s Nova Scotia hits a major solar installation milestone

The SolarHomes rebate program has received more than 1,000 applications

An ongoing solar rebate program in the Candian province of Nova Scotia offers rebates to homeowners for installing eligible solar systems, using installers approved by the program.

Under the program, homeowners can receive a rebate of up to $8,500 on the cost of installation.

As a successful result of the program, residential solar installations have nearly tripled over the past 12 months.

“The program provides a great opportunity for homeowners … we have been thrilled with the growing interest,” said Stephen MacDonald, chief executive officer, EfficiencyOne—an independent nonprofit organization that operates Efficiency Nova Scotia.

Efficiency Nova Scotia administers the program for the province, and regulatory oversight is provided by the Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board.

Mr. MacDonald adds that they have had more than 1,000 applications to the program.

Anne Giovannetti, a rebate recipient, installed a system on her home in Sydney River; making her the 500th home connected under the SolarHomes rebate program.

“My experience through this process has been exciting and it has been rewarding to be able to help make Canada greener,” said Anne Giovannetti. “I have not paid for electricity since my panels were installed and would do it all over again in a heartbeat.”

The SolarHomes program is a solar incentive funded by the Government of Canada’s $56 million-dollar commitment to Nova Scotia from the Low Carbon Economy Leadership Fund.

“When we started the SolarHomes program a year ago, there were 13 approved solar installers in the province,” said Derek Mombourquette, Nova Scotia’s Energy and Mines Minister. “Today, there are 57.”

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