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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.

Please note the following program application deadlines:

For applications that receive Part I approval before July 30, 2022, the project must be energized and interconnected, and all supporting information for the Part II application must be submitted within nine months of the Part I approval date.

For applications that receive Part I approval on or after July 30, 2022, the project must be energized and interconnected, and all supporting information for the Part II application must be submitted by January 31, 2023.

Total Solar Program Rebate Funds Committed

Program Update as of September 2, 2022

The Change Homes for Climate Solar Program is fully subscribed and no longer accepting new Part I applications to the waitlist.

Applications on the program waitlist will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis if any applications withdraw and space becomes available.

When the program’s rebate funds have been fully allocated to eligible projects, any applications remaining on the waitlist will be notified by email that the program’s funds are fully committed and the rebate is no longer available.

Clean Energy Improvement Program Applications
Please note that projects participating in the City of Edmonton’s Clean Energy Improvement Program (CEIP) residential financing pilot program must still apply for the Solar Program rebate, as separate funds are available to support these CEIP pilot projects. Applicants already pre-qualified for CEIP financing should continue submitting rebate applications for these projects.

Continuing to go Green
We encourage interested Edmonton residents to continue embracing solar energy and apply to the Government of Canada’s Greener Homes Initiative to access grants and interest-free loans for renewable energy systems.

Total Number of Solar Program Participants

1,212

Current as of September 2, 2022. While these numbers are updated monthly, they do not guarantee that rebate funds will be available. Participants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

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.

All EnerGuide labels 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