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What is the Change Homes for Climate – Solar Program?

The City of Edmonton is helping Edmontonians install solar systems on their homes to produce renewable energy.

The City is offering Edmonton homeowners $0.40/watt towards the cost of the system, which covers approximately 15% of the costs of going solar! Rebate stacking is allowed with Canada’s Greener Homes Grant program up to a maximum of 100% of the total investment made by the homeowner.

Newly constructed homes and residential buildings are also eligible for a City of Edmonton rebate of $0.30/watt.

Generating local renewable energy is one of the most impactful ways of taking action on climate change.

See the program Terms & Conditions for full eligibility criteria. Applications can be submitted via the program portal.

Why Participate?

Turn your home into a tiny power plant.

With 2,300 hours of sun in an average year, Edmonton is one of the sunniest cities in Canada. Solar panels can supply anywhere from a few percent up to 100% of your electricity, and while electricity only accounts for 16% of the energy used in Edmonton, it produces around 40% of the Greenhouse Gas Emissions.

With rooftop solar, you’re not just protecting yourself from the ups and downs of energy prices, you’re reducing the carbon footprint of your home and your community.

How to Participate and get the Rebate

Work with a qualified solar provider to take advantage of existing residential rebates.

1 Hire a qualified Energy Advisor to complete a pre-retrofit EnerGuide evaluation. Choose one from this list and be sure to tell them you are interested in solar. Learn more here.

2 Hire a qualified solar provider listed on the Solar Providers Directory of either the Solar Energy Society of Alberta or the Canadian Renewable Energy Association. If you need help choosing the right one for you, view these further resources:

3 Your installer will be able to answer all of your questions about:

  • the economics of solar for your home
  • the technical aspects of how your system will work
  • the most up-to-date information about available rebates and eligibility

4 Your installer will take care of all approvals, permits and claiming your rebates. Most often they will submit your application on your behalf to the program portal. Once your installation is complete, you will need to call your Energy Advisor for a follow-up EnerGuide post-retrofit evaluation. This will update your EnerGuide label to reflect your home upgrades.

All pre- and post-retrofit EnerGuide evaluations will be shared on Edmonton’s Home Energy Map. If you have more questions, please view the Program Terms & Conditions or the FAQ page.

You can also contact the program administrators by emailing solar@edmonton.ca or calling 1 (587) 287-1903.

Another useful tool is this solar potential map. See the solar potential of your home, including estimates of the environmental and financial benefits of going solar.


 

Solar Rebate Program