The City of Edmonton is offering homeowners $0.40 per watt, up to $4,000, towards the cost of the system, which covers about 15% of the costs of going solar! A $0.30/watt incentive is also available for newly constructed residences and residential structures.
Edmonton is one of the sunniest cities in Canada, with an average of 2,300 hours of sunshine per year. While electricity only accounts for 16 percent of the energy used in Edmonton, it creates roughly 40% of the Greenhouse Gas Emissions. You’re not only shielding yourself from the ups and downs of energy prices when you go solar on your roof; you’re also lowering your home’s and community’s carbon footprint.
Who Is Eligible for the Edmonton Solar Power Rebate?
Homeowners who install a solar PV system are eligible for the Edmonton Solar Power Rebate, and the rebate is available for residential and commercial properties.
Why Should you be Involved?
Transform your home into a mini-power station. Edmonton is one of the sunniest cities in Canada, with an average of 2,300 hours of sunshine per year. While electricity only accounts for 16 percent of the energy used in Edmonton, it creates roughly 40% of the Greenhouse Gas Emissions.
You’re not only shielding yourself from the ups and downs of energy prices when you go solar on your roof; you’re also lowering your home’s and community’s carbon footprint.
Edmontonians are fortunate to have several rebate and incentive programs available to help reduce the upfront cost of solar. The City of Edmonton offers a $0.75/watt rebate for grid-tied solar systems, up to $2,500. You may also be eligible for the provincial government’s 30% rebate on the cost of a solar system.
Edmonton Solar Rebate Amount
The following is a breakdown of the solar power rebate amounts in Edmonton:
- Maximum of 40% of qualifying system costs,
- $0.40/W based on total system capacity
- A maximum of $4,000 is available.
Solar PV equipment (solar panels, racking, inverters, cabling, etc.) will be eligible for design, development, modeling, engineering, permitting fees, and any fees incurred to update the transmission/distribution system (if necessary). GST, leasing payments, batteries, and administrative/internal expenditures are ineligible charges.
What Are the Benefits of Installing Solar in Edmonton?
- Edmonton is one of Canada’s sunniest cities. In a typical year, the sun shines for 2,300 hours.
- You’re lowering your household’s and community’s carbon footprints. Currently, fossil fuels provide nearly 90% of the electricity in Alberta.
- You’re defending yourself against the constant rises in energy expenses.
- Solar panels can provide all of your electrical needs.
- Thanks to current rebates, solar energy are now more accessible to homeowners.
- You contribute to the creation of more jobs in the renewable energy sector.
What is the Average Overall Cost to Install a Solar System?
Solar PV installation costs vary greatly depending on the system size (more extensive systems benefit from economies of scale), the installation firm, the roof type and configuration, and other factors.
Historically, the average total installed cost per watt (before incentives) under this scheme has been $2.49/Watt. Before incentives, the average total cost per system was $18,891. For example, a system that would have cost $17,500 before incentives at $2.50/Watt would now cost $14,700 with the $.40/Watt refund, saving the homeowner $2,800.
To achieve “net-zero electricity,” the average Alberta home would require a 6,000-watt system. This system would cost $15,000 before the rebate and $12,600 after the refund at $2.50/watt.
How to Participate and Get the Rebate?
Work with a qualified solar provider to take advantage of existing residential subsidies.
1. Engage a trained Energy Advisor to do an EnerGuide pre-retrofit assessment. Please choose one from this list and let them know you’re interested in solar energy.
2. Hire a qualified solar supplier from the Solar Energy Society of Alberta or the Canadian Renewable Energy Association’s Solar Providers Directory.
3. Your installer will be able to answer all of your questions about:
- The economics of solar for your home
- The technical aspects of how your system will work
- The most up-to-date information about available rebates and eligibility
4. Your installer will handle all permissions, permits, and rebate claims. Most of the time, they will submit your application to the program portal on your behalf.
Click on the following link to apply: https://solarab.ca/
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