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Canadian Solar Incentives

The popularity of solar is skyrocketing in Canada! Declining installation costs, increasing energy costs and Canadian solar incentives are just some of the contributing factors. The decision to go solar makes sense in most of Canada whether it’s for financial or environmental reasons.

Canada also has some unique factors that make it a great location for an investment in solar such as:

  • Most provinces have a great solar resource (see solar potential map)
  • All homeowners can access federal Canadian solar incentives in the form of a grant and interest-free loan
  • Some municipalities offer an additional grant and/or loan
  • In Alberta, the solar club improves the financial case for solar significantly

For more information on each of these great reasons to get solar read on!

Canadian Solar Potential Map

(Updated: December 2023)

Federal Canada Greener Homes Program

The Greener Homes Program requires that homeowners get a two EnerGuide evaluations. One before installing solar panels and one after. A pre-solar EnerGuide evaluation typically costs $400-$600 depending on the size and location of your home. This evaluation analyzes how your home uses, wastes and creates energy. The post-solar evaluation typically costs $200-$300.

As of February 12, 2024, Canada’s Greener Homes grant program is no longer be accepting new applicants.

As of April 2024, The Greener Homes Loan program is still open! It offers a 10-year interest-free personal loan up to a maximum of $40,000. Please see our 10-Step guide to Canada’s interest free solar loan for more information on how to get started.

Alberta Solar Incentives

All solar incentives don’t have to come in the form of grants or rebates. The Solar Club™ is a non-government program that improves energy cost savings for owners of solar PV. Solar Club™ members can switch between a high electricity rate and a low electricity rate depending on seasonal variations in Solar energy production. In the summer, you are a net exporter of electricity to the grid so you use the high electricity rate to maximize the value of that electricity you sell to the grid. In the winter, you are a net importer of electricity so you drop down to the low electricity rate to minimize the cost of the electricity you are buying from the grid. The difference between the two situations can significantly improve the financials of an investment in solar panels.

Please see our Solar Club™ Info Page for more information and to see a list of energy retailers that offer it.

The Clean Energy Improvement Program (CEIP) allows property owners to finance energy efficiency projects and solar PV installations. CEIP financing is tied to the property, not the property owner. Therefore, if the property is sold, the new owner takes on the payments.

CEIP funding requires a pre and post-retrofit energy assessment in the same way as the Greener Homes Grant. CEIP funding can be combined with the Greener Homes Grant Program.

The Change Homes for Climate Solar Program is fully subscribed and no longer accepting new applications.

Home and commercial property owners in Banff can apply for a rebate of $0.75/Watt for solar PV between 2 kW and 20 kW. This program does not require energy assessments. Eligible participants should install solar then submit documentation to the Town of Banff that demonstrates the solar PV system has been installed and is generating renewable electricity.

Glean is a broker of solar quotes. We are partnered with more than 15 of the best solar installers in Alberta that we have verified and vetted. We provide you with 3 solar quotes, an easy-to-compare quote summary (that includes a detailed financial analysis) and a quote review call to answer questions. Our service is free because we collect a service fee from the installer whose quote is chosen.

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