Saving with Solar in Alberta.
Alberta encourages its residents to use solar to reduce their power consumption. As needs grow province wide, expensive upgrades and new cleaner generation will be needed. Alberta utilities would like customers to reduce power consumption, and considers self-generation from solar a key to its future.
Solar installations, whether on a residential roof, ground mounted on a acreage, or on commercial roofs, produce power for its owners at costs close to buying utility power now. If the power is not needed during the day, it can be exported back to utility as part of their micro-gen program, for a credit. The customer then uses this credit against power used at night, or during the winter.
What’s in it for Alberta customers?
- Control of current power costs: A solar system can produce 20 to 100% of the annual power needed to run a home. With the incentives the electricity off the roof is close to the same as buying power from Alberta utilities. Add future rate increase and the solar electricity gets cheaper every year.
- Investment: A solar system typically yields 5-10% rate of return on the cash invested. Since solar systems last 30 years or more, it’s like a long term GIC.
- Commercial customers can take advantage of Class 43.2 Accelerated Capital Cost Allowance for an even better rate return.
- Empowerment: Now you are in control of your own power. Rising costs will not affect you in the same way. Plan for lower costs when you retire, and enhance the value of your property.
Alberta Support Programs:
Launched in 2021, the Energy Savings for Business (ESB) Program has incentives to help businesses install solar to reduce their consumption of utility power. The overall goal is to defer the need for Alberta to add generation facilities, and solar is clean, reliable and empowers residents to take control of the power. There is up to $250,000 in funding available per project to a maximum of $500,000 per company.
Saving with Solar in Alberta through the Residential and Commercial Solar Program
Alberta’s residential and commercial solar program is available for customers with electricity service and properties located in Alberta. The open date for the program is June 2017 with systems dating back to April 15th 2107 to be grandfathered into the program.
The residential solar program will provide an incentive rate of $0.75 per-Watt for systems up to 15kW in size. For residential customers, incentives will be limited to the lesser of 30% of eligible system costs or $10,000. The commercial/not-for-profit solar program will provide an incentive rate of $0.75 per-Watt for systems up to 5MW in size. For commercial and non-profit customers, incentives will be limited to the lesser of 25% of eligible system costs or $500,000.