Alberta is the second sunniest province in Canada, fast-behind Saskatchewan, and Calgary ranks number one as Canada’s sunniest large city. Receiving an average 2396 hours of annual sunshine (in comparison to Vancouver at 1937 hours), Calgary is prime real estate for setting up solar panels. Below of some major solar incentives offered in Alberta…
Energy Efficiency Alberta's Residential and Commercial Solar Program provides incentives of $0.90/watt, $0.75/watt, and $1.00/watt for Residential, Commercial, and Non-Profit systems respectively. Incentives are subject to cost sharing limits.
Alberta Agriculture and Forestry’s On-Farm Solar Photovoltaics Program is similar to the Residential and Commercial solar program. Depending on the system size, a Farm-rated facility may be eligible for a $0.75/watt incentive.
Alberta Municipal Solar Program (AMSP) funding is specifically available to municipally owned facilities or land. The project must also participate in a public engagement process to be eligible. Depending on the solar system’s total installed capacity, rebates range from $0.55/watt for large Megawatt installations to $0.90/watt for smaller kilowatt systems.
Alberta Indigenous Solar Program (AISP) applies to Indigenous community or organization owned facilities. AISP funds up to 80% of solar system expenses and allows grant stack funding up to 100% to be topped up by non-Government of Alberta programs.
The project must also comply with Alberta’s Micro-generation Regulation, recently updated this fall of 2018.
To be eligible, projects must also comply with Alberta’s Micro-generation Regulation that was recently updated this fall of 2018. This regulation allows Albertans to generate their own electricity (up to five megawatts) from renewable or alternative energy technology. It also requires solar systems to be grid connected so that on not-so-sunny days when solar panels are shaded from the sun, your building can still receive electricity from the grid.