Alberta has long been leading the pack with energy, so it’s no surprise that they’re doing the same with Solar. They’re one of the only provinces that provides more value for homeowners who want solar.
Alberta, ‘Strong and Free’ is helping everyone secure their independence with renewable energy.
There are several ways to get solar here. No matter which option you choose, you’ll be able to take advantage of the same incentives, they will just be applied in different ways. Our Solar Recommendation System is set up in order to be able to find the perfect option for your house. The best panels, the best location, the best savings program. Every bit is included.
For solar, the goal is to generate exactly enough power to cover your own electricity needs. If you produce less than your total usage with solar, you have to pay for extra power. If you overproduce, you save less.
Below is a breakdown of the reasons to go solar in Alberta.
Going solar means two things: Generating your power from a clean, renewable energy source AND saving money. This is done through a process called net-metering. Net-metering is the method where your home solar system is connected to your electric meter, which sends the excess energy from the solar panels to the grid when you aren’t using it.
Alberta is based off of an annual net-metering program. Your utility tracks the extra electricity you produce, and you get to use the same amount later. If you produce the same amount of power that you use over the whole year, your electric costs are covered.
Keeping it simple, you need a system that covers your average yearly electricity usage. If you don’t produce all of your electricity from solar, you have to buy the extra power from your utility. If you overproduce, your utility company will treat you like a tiny power plant and pay you at the wholesale rate of power. You pay the retail rate. Not economical.
Locational Marginal Price (LMP)
Locational Marginal Price (LMP) is the cost of supplying the required electricity at a specific location on the electric power grid, considering both supply and demand and the and the cost of delivery itself. This is the cost of power that your utility buys power for from large scale electricity producers.
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There are several different incentives available throughout Alberta. The provincial solar rebate can lower the cost of getting solar by as much as $10,000. There are tons of local incentives, which is why we’ve developed our Solar Recommendation System to help track them.
To keep it simple, it usually works out to a rebate of $1.25 per watt installed for any solar system that is 10kW or less. As an example, for a 10kW system, the rebate would be $12,500.
These incentives are applied for purchasing and installing solar. Don’t have the money to buy solar? Let us figure it out for you.
Alberta has waived all sales taxes for renewable energy projects. A solar system that priced at $25,000 costs $25,000.
Unlike other property renovations like a home extension or a basement remodeling, when you install solar it won’t impact the assessed value of your property.
The benefit to this is that if you decide to sell your home, you still include the value of solar into your sale price!
All things considered, the cost of going solar in Alberta is the best it’s ever been. If you have the pocket change lying around, you can buy solar. If not, no problem. It’s possible to get into certain programs that have no out of pocket costs. Let us find out for you.
If we can get you solar right away, we’ll tell you. If anything else can be done, we’ll help you with that to. Let’s start with solar.