The Alberta Residential and Commercial Solar Program has Launched.

Hooray!

The rebate program from Energy Efficiency Alberta is available to households, businesses, and nonprofit organizations to encourage them to become Solar People. Join us. We would love to build you a beautiful solar power system that helps you add power back to the grid.

The incentive levels are generous and reduce the upfront costs of solar power.

The Residential Rebate pays the owner of a solar power system 30% of the eligible costs including design, permitting, components and installation —everything that Solar People provides. For instance, if your solar power system cost $15,000, Energy Efficiency Alberta will send you a rebate cheque for $5,000. The maximum rebate per system is $10,000 and you can buy a lot of solar power for a house for $30,000.

The Commercial/Not-for-Profit Sector Rebate will be an incentive rate of 25% of the eligible cost of a solar power system. For commercial and non-profit customers, the maximum rebate per system is $500,000 so fill up the roof or the field, as the case may be.  This incentive program is well designed to encourage Albertans to choose solar and lower costs.

If you own a property that is connected to the grid and want to learn if solar power is right for you, contact us and become Solar People.

 

Is the TESLA roof going to be just a luxury product or eventually a mainstream energy solution?

There are potential solar home owners who would choose something more integrated into their roof instead of solar panels which I think are beautiful, especially the way Solar People install them.

There are a lot of smart manufacturers in the world that are working on building integrated photovoltaics (BIPV) they have been for years and there are some very good products that have made it to the market. Fours years back DOW Chemicals launched its solar shingles that integrate with asphalt shingle roofs. Ten years ago I installed GE solar panels that integrate with concrete roof tiles on three homes in Edmonton. They still look fantastic and the solar panels are operating maintenance free as expected. Only one BIPV roofing product is lucky enough to be promoted by Elon Musk.

Tesla is doing an extraordinary job of bringing a product to the market that even my mom knows about. Hopefully, when people decide to purchase a BIPV roof they’ll choose between three or four suppliers and not just Tesla. Like they have been for the home energy storage, Tesla is great for the industry and are helping more people realize that solar power is amazing.

Alberta Solar Incentives

Tomorrow, February 27, 2017 the Government of Alberta (GOA) will roll out its highly anticipated incentive program for small solar power. When I committed myself to changing the world one solar panel at a time back in 2002, I knew this day was just around the corner…J

Actually, what I thought then and still think now is that photovoltaics (solar PV) is the most elegant and magical energy technology ever discovered. Its capabilities continually impress me and its transformative qualities constantly inspire me.

The details of the small solar PV program still need to be announced but the GOA has provided some clear indication that it will offer a rebate program similar to what it already has put in place for Alberta municipalities.

Alberta Municipal Solar Program

In January 2017, the Energy Efficiency Alberta (EEA) Panel released a report called Getting it Right. The EEA Panel advised that The Small Solar PV program could provide financial incentives to support the installation of solar photovoltaic systems on buildings, including homes, businesses, and community structures, under the Micro-Generation Regulation and A Small Solar PV program builds on programs already available today.

Will the Government of Alberta get it right? The good news is that they can’t go wrong.

In 2014, The National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL), surveyed all of the US state incentive programs available then and reported that any targeted incentives for solar are effective at driving a small solar PV market in a jurisdiction with a strong mandate for interconnection. Since 2008, when the Micro-Generation Regulation was established, Alberta has had a robust interconnection mandate. Since 2015, Alberta has also had a plan to green its grid and transition to renewables. We are all set. Now it is time to get to work.