Canadian Solar Rebates, Incentives and Tax Credits

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The renewable energy industry across Canada has seem some big steps in the last couple years. Check out the programs below to learn what energy programs and incentives are available federally, provincially, and municipally when planning your next solar install. 

The renewable energy industry across Canada has seem some big steps in the last couple years. Check out the programs below to learn what energy programs and incentives are available federally, provincially, and municipally when planning your next solar install. 

There are several Canada-wide solar power incentives including:

  • Clean Energy Investment Tax Credit: A refundable tax credit of 30% on the capital costs of investments until 2034. 
  • The Federal tax provision for clean energy (extended until 2025): under this provision, businesses (including farms) can depreciate the cost of their solar power system at an accelerated capital cost allowance rate of 100% in the first year, exempt of the half-year rule.
  • Agriculture Clean Technology Program: the Adoption Stream will provide non-repayable contributions (up to 50% of $2M) to support the adoption of clean technology by Canadian farmers and processors, to reduce carbon emissions. Find out more
  • Canada Greener Homes Grant: the federal government’s Greener homes grant encourages home owners to make energy efficient updates, creates new job and grows Canada’s domestic green supply chain. Find out more
  1. Grants available of up to $5,000 for upgrading heaters, installing solar panels, and replacing windows and doors. EnerG
  2. EnerGuide Evualuations (up to $600) and expert advice
  3. Recruitment and training of EnerGuide Energy Advisors 
  • Canada Greener Homes Loan: offering interest-free financing in additional to the Canada Greener Homes Grant to help you complete some of the more major retrofits recommended by your energy advisor. Find out more
  1. Up to $40,000 loan, with a repayment term of 10 years interest-free 
  • Smart Renewables and Electrification Pathways Program: Find out more
  1. Provide direct financial support to eligible renewable energy and grid modernization projects during the construction phase.

Provincial and municipal solar programs help Canadians to affordably find the means to go solar and reduce their energy bills. While not all provinces offer cost savings programs, check with your municipality to ensure you are not missing out on a local solar rebate program.

Read our blog post about how energy rebates in Alberta can help you save money!

Embrace Renewable Energy in Alberta with HERA and Solar Incentives

In Edmonton, there is a program available called the Edmonton’s Home Energy Retrofit Accelerator Program  that grants $0.40 per watt for the installation of solar energy systems. This incentive covers approximately 15% of the total initial expense associated with transitioning to solar power.

Go Solar and Save with Banff's PV Rebates

The Town of Banff provides eligible participants with a rebate of $750/kilowatt (kW) of solar capacity installed, to a maximum of 20 kW. 

Harness the Power of the Sun with the Solar Offset Program in Alberta

The Solar Offset program is one of the local incentives available to homeowners and landlords in Alberta. This program allows participants to offset their electricity usage by installing solar panels and selling their excess energy back to the grid. 

Light Up Alberta – Solar Club Loyalty Program

The Solar Club offers more advantageous and flexible rates for selling excess energy and provides a 2.0% cash back on annually imported electricity from the grid. Members have the option to switch between a high-export rate of 30.00 ¢/kWh when exporting exceeds importing and a low-export rate of 12.50 ¢/kWh during cloudier months when importing surpasses exporting.

Going Green in Edmonton Can Benefit Your Wallet and the World

Homeowners in Edmonton are provided with a financial incentive of $0.40 per watt, up to a maximum of $4,000, to offset the expenses associated with installing solar energy systems. 

Clean Energy Improvement Program (CEIP): Paving the Way for Clean Energy in Alberta

The Clean Energy Improvement Program (CEIP) aims to support and promote clean energy initiatives by offering a convenient and accessible way to finance energy-related projects. Through CEIP, property owners can secure financing that covers up to 100% of the project costs.

Canmore Solar PV Incentive Program

A limited number of solar incentives of $1,250 are available to residents and businesses to help offset the cost of purchasing and installing a solar electric system in Canmore.

Alberta Ecotrust Climate Innovation Fund Grant Program

Alberta Ecotrust, a leading organization in environmental initiatives, is proud to announce the launch of the Climate Innovation Fund Grant Program. Currently in 2023, they support a diverse range of activities in both Calgary and Edmonton, and projects can request up to $100,000 in funding.

Although BC does not currently have a solar rebate at the provincial level, it is the only province with a TAX exemption for all solar panels. The Alternative Energy Sources PST Exemption also covers any necessary equipment needed for installation including wiring, controllers, and inverters. The innovative clean energy fund is designed to support BC’s energy, economic and environmental priorities and to advance their clean energy sector.

Energy, Energy Conservation and the ICE Fund Tax Learn more

Summerland Net Metering Program

Residential customers are able to offset their own electricity needs each calendar year, after which the District of Summerland will purchase any excess energy that is put back onto the grid at the wholesale rate. Learn more

Net Metering

Net metering is a renewable energy program offered to electricity users in Ontario. It is available to businesses and homeowners who generate energy equal to or less than 500 kWh.

Greener Homes Grant

The Greener Homes Grant enables Ontario homeowners to save money on energy-efficient upgrades, including renewable energy installations, new windows, and doors. Eligible property owners can receive up to $5,000 for energy-efficient retrofits and up to $600 to cover the cost of home energy assessments.

Solar Tax Credit Ontario

The government of Canada has proposed a refundable tax credit on capital investments in solar panels, low-carbon heating equipment, and stationary electricity storage systems. The tax credit is set at 30% of the total installation cost until 2032. After 2032, the credit amount gradually decreases to 26% in 2033 and 22% in 2034.

Solar Rebate Program 

Efficiency Manitoba has recently announced their new rebates on solar PV systems for homes and business connected to their Hydro Grid:

  • For your home: Receive up to $5,000 in rebates, $0.50 per DC watt installed, up to a maximum of 10kW and $5,000 per home 
  • For your business: Receive up to $25,000 in rebates, $0.50 per DC Watt installed on businesses, up to a maximum of 50 kW and $25,000 per building 

New Brunswick has several programs currently available:

Total Home Enegy Savings Program (THESP)

The Total Home Energy Savings Program (THESP)  offered by Energy NB Power is one of the most comprehensive energy incentive programs in all of Canada.

Plug-In NB

Electric Vehicle rebates are available to individuals who purchase or lease a qualifying new or used electrical vehicle are eligible to receive a rebate on both the purchase of the vehicle and the installation of a home chargin station. Learn more

The Solar Homes Program is administered by Efficiency Nova Scotia.  

Low Carbon Communities Program

Supports community-led, innovative solutions to create long-lasting greenhouse gas reductions. Project funding categories include building effiency, clean electricity, clean transportation, and education. Low Carbon Communities funding will cover up to 75% of the total project cost. Learn more

Efficiency PEI’s Solar Electric Rebate Program provides incentives for Island homeowners, farms and businesses to install solar PV panels. 

SaskPower Net Metering Program allows you to install a solar PV system which will generate energy to decrease your monthly power bill and receive credits for excess power generated. You'll receive 7.5 ¢/kWh (instead of the standard retail rate) for any excess power you use and provide back onto the SaskPower power grid. 

The Arctic Energy Alliance (AEA) provides funding for renewable energy such as solar, wind, wood pellet heating, biofuel/synthetic gas and ground source heat pumps. Residents are eligible for up to $20,000 in rebate funding, while businesses, community governments, indigenous governments and non-profit organizations are eligible for up to $50,000.