map showing provinces that have solar incentives

Canadian Solar Incentives, Rebates and Tax Credit Programs

Financial Incentives by Province (A-Z)

map showing provinces that have solar incentives

Alberta

  • Alberta Residential and Commercial Solar Program

This incentive program is available to Albertan’s with residential, commercial or non-profit properties within the province. The objective of this program is to make solar power installs more affordable by rebating up to 30% of eligible system costs for residential and up to 25% for commercial. Applications are no longer being accepted for this program.

https://www.efficiencyalberta.ca/solar/

  • On-Farm Solar Photovoltaics Program

This program aims to reduce the environmental footprint of Alberta’s agricultural industry and is available to any resident with a Distribution Rate Class of Farm, Irrigation, Grain Drying, or equivalent. The funding comes in the form of a grant and is calculated based on system size, related system expenses and previous grant funding received by the applicant. Click the link below for full details:

https://www1.agric.gov.ab.ca/general/progserv.nsf/all/pgmsrv464

  • Alberta Municipal Solar Program (AMSP)

The AMSP provides rebates to municipalities within Alberta who install grid-connected solar photovoltaic systems on municipal buildings or land. The following link is a helpful guide to application.

http://mccac.ca/sites/default/files/amsp_guidebook_4.pdf

  • The Alberta Indigenous Solar Program (AISP)

Indigenous communities or organizations in Alberta who install solar photovoltaic systems on facilities owned by said community or organization are eligible for an AISP grant. Check out the following link for more information and details on how to apply.

http://indigenous.alberta.ca/documents/AISP-Application-Guidelines.pdf?0.12241912122023191

  • The Alberta Indigenous Green Energy Development Program (AIGEDP)

This program assists Indigenous communities and organizations in the process to obtaining an ownership stake in Alberta’s renewable energy sector. The submission window is now closed for this program.

British Columbia

  • PST Tax Exemption

In British Columbia certain materials and equipment related to the residential generation of solar energy are exempt from PST. Check out the following link for more information and details on how to apply.

https://www2.gov.bc.ca/assets/gov/taxes/sales-taxes/publications/pst-203-energy-conservation-ice-fund-tax.pdf

  • Home Renovation Rebate and EfficiencyBC Program

Rebates from $50-$5500 on eligible energy upgrades to windows, heatpumps, appliances, insulation and more. Click on the link for details

https://betterhomesbc.ca/rebates/cleanbc-better-homes-and-home-renovation-rebate-programs/

  • Regional District of Nanaimo Energy System Incentive $250

This program enables homeowners in RDN Electoral Areas and the District of Lantzville to save money while upgrading to energy efficient technology in their home. Homeowners that install a solar PV system are eligible to receive the $250 -$400 incentive. Check out the following link for more information.

https://sunmetrix.com/incentives-in-canada/9/Regional-District-of-Nanaimo-Renewable-Energy-System-Incentive-250/British-Columbia/

  • Clean Energy Vehicle Program (CEVforBC)

One time, point-of-sale cash incentive available for the purchase of an electric, hybrid, or dydrogen fuel cell vehicle. Rebates range from $2500-$6000.  For details, click the link:

https://energyhub.org/incentives/british-columbia/

Manitoba

  • Residential Earth Power Loan

This loan is designed for homeowners wishing to make energy efficient upgrades who have an active Manitoba Hydro account in good standing. There is a minimum loan amount of $500 and a maximum of $30,000 for solar photovoltaic upgrades which is paid back as an addition to your monthly energy bill. Check out the following link for more information and details on how to apply.

https://www.hydro.mb.ca/your_home/earth_power_loan/index.shtml

  • Power Smart for New Homes

This program offers financial incentives and energy design assistance for those constructing new homes which must be 20% more energy efficient than conventional homes. Power smart offers a prescriptive path and performance path options, so applicants can choose the one best suited to there house design. Once construction is complete the homes will be assessed depending on which option has be chosen and will receive incentive in the form of a rebate.  Check out the following link for more information and details on how to apply.

https://www.hydro.mb.ca/your_home/new_homes/index.shtml

New Brunswick

  • Energy Smart Commercial Buildings Retrofit Program

This program offers up to $3000 towards the evaluation of a commercial business building and up to $75,000 towards energy upgrades. Check out the following link for more information and details on how to apply.

https://canadabusiness.ca/programs/energy-smart-commercial-buildings-retrofit-program-1/

Northwest Territories

  • The Alternatives Energy Technology Program (AETP)

This program offers funding assistance to NWT residents, commercial businesses, and local communities who wish to make energy efficient installments. Check out the following link for more information and details on how to apply.

http://aea.nt.ca/programs/alternative-energy-technologies-program

Quebec

  • Heating with Green Power

This program allows home owners to apply for financial assistance to replace central heating or hot water heaters, which consume fossil fuel, with systems that run off electricity or renewable energy sources. Homeowners must first register for the Green Power program to have their home and heating system evaluated and if they are eligible they can then apply for financial assistance. Check out the following link for more information and details on how to apply.

http://www4.gouv.qc.ca/EN/Portail/citoyens/programme-service/Pages/Info.aspx?sqctype=sujet&sqcid=2934

  • RenoVert Tax Credit

This tax credit is applicable to owners or co-owners of a dwelling that is their primary residence and has received recognized eco-friendly home renovations. The dwelling must have been initially constructed before January 1, 2016 and the eco-friendly renovations must have been completed by a qualified contractor. Check out the following link for more information and details on how to apply.

https://www.revenuquebec.ca/en/citizens/tax-credits/renovert-tax-credit/

Saskatchewan

  • Solar or Wind-powered Water Pump Grant for Farms

Solar or wind energy can power water pumps in remote locations and are great for remote wells, dug-outs and streams. SaskPower offers a grant to any businesses who purchase solar or wind-powered water pumps from Saskatchewan based suppliers. You must submit your application with proof of your purchase and it must be approved by a SaskPower business manager. Check out the following link for more information and details on how to apply.

https://www.saskpower.com/efficiency-programs-and-tips/business-savings-programs/savings-incentives/solar-and-wind-powered-pump-grant

Yukon

  • Rural Electrification and Telecommunications Program

This program offers financing to rural residents in the Yukon who wish to extend electrical or telecommunication services to their property that otherwise wouldn’t be available. Eligible projects include single-site connections, group-installations, and alternate energy systems; additionally, financing is available up to a maximum of 25% of the assessed property value. Check out the following link for more information and details on how to apply.

http://www.community.gov.yk.ca/property/ruralelec.html

  • Good Energy Residential Incentives Program

The Good Energy program is run through the Yukon government’s Energy Solutions Centre and offers rebates on renewable energy system installations up to $5000. Check out the following link for more information and details on how to apply.

http://goodenergyyukon.ca/energy-systems

Federal Incentives and Programs

  • Capital Cost Allowance (CCA) Renewable Energy

The CCA provides business tax incentive to those in industry who are utilizing systems that produce energy by using renewable sources or fuels from waste, or conserve energy by using fuel more efficiently. Such equipment is eligible for accelerated capital cost allowance according to the Schedule II of the Income Tax Regulations under classes 43.1 and 43.2. This means that eligible equipment under class 43.1 may be written-off at 30 percent per year on a declining balance basis. Equipment that is eligible under class 43.1 that was acquired after February 22, 2005 and before year 2020 may be written-off at 50 percent per year on a declining balance basis under Class 43.2.

Natural Resources Canada provides a technical guide to Classes 43.1 and 43.2:

https://www.nrcan.gc.ca/sites/www.nrcan.gc.ca/files/energy/pdf/Class_431-432_Technical_Guide_en.pdf

  • Canadian Renewable and Conservation Expenses (CRCE)

The CRCE provides income tax incentives for certain start-up expenses associated with clean energy generation and energy conservation projects. Income Tax Regulations allows such expenses to be fully deducted in the year they are incurred, carried forward indefinitely and deducted in future years, or transferred to investors through a flow-through share agreement.

  • Natural Resources Canada provides a technical guide to CRCE:

https://www.nrcan.gc.ca/sites/www.nrcan.gc.ca/files/energy/pdf/CRCE%20Technical%20Guide%202014_en.pdf

  • Energyhub.org Solar Cash Inventive

A small rebate program for solar installations. Only $152, but the process is simple. Click the link for the details:

https://energyhub.org/cash-incentive-program/


For information on Canadian Net Metering Programs, go to:  Net Metering – Grid-Tie Solar by Province

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