Take advantage of the Government of Alberta Solar Rebates and Energy Efficiency Programs!
I encourage you to check out the Energy Efficiency Alberta website as it has been recently updated with an easy interface providing lots of information about all the energy savings programs currently being offered to Albertans.
It also a good place to inform yourselves about what the Energy Efficiency Agency does and to learn some tips on being efficient with your energy usage.
The Residential and Commercial Solar Program will offer rebates to homeowners, businesses and non-profits that install solar photovoltaic (PV) systems. The details have not been finalized yet but we can expect to see this program launching as early as Summer 2017. We should expect to see it provide rebates of up to 30% for residential and up to 25% for commercial/non-profit PV installations.
This solar incentive program is creating a lot of consumer buzz about the Alberta Solar industry these days that coincides well with the Renewable Electricity Program(REP) . With the Alberta Government and the Alberta Electric System Operator (AESO) launching the REP, Alberta will see up to 400 MW of new solar pv generating capacity installed onto the electricity grid, presenting viable opportunities for some utility scale solar production in Alberta.
These two initiatives will definitely contribute towards the government’s goal of Alberta’s electricity grid being supplied by up to 30% renewable energy by 2030.
If you have more interest in solar pv systems, the Solar Energy Society of Alberta is a great resource but also stay tuned to info from Park Power on how you can start taking charge of your electricity usage with solar power. Below you will find information about the other incentive programs available to Albertans.
If you have not already, consumers can still sign up for the Residential No-Charge Energy Savings Program. This program offers direct, no-charge installation of energy efficient products across the province, in rural and urban houses, apartments and condos. Whether you own or rent your home, an Energy Efficiency Alberta installer will visit your home and conduct a walk through to identify potential opportunities for energy-efficient upgrades at no charge. Most homes can be upgraded in one to three hours.
Another way that Energy Efficiency Alberta is trying to get consumers to be more energy efficient is through the Instant Savings Program. On their webpage, they even provide a Store Locator to allow you find the participating retailers near you.
Albertans who plan on purchasing a new refrigerator, clothes washer, or smart thermostat, are able to upload receipts of purchases made on or after April 28, 2017 to apply for rebates on their purchases.
For those Albertans that are thinking about some larger improvements to their homes, the Home Improvements Program is offering rebates on the purchase of new insulation, windows, and tankless hot water heaters.
Energy Efficiency Alberta is also offering programs for commercial, non-profit, and institutional consumers. The Business, Non-Profit and Institutional Energy Savings Program offers incentives to encourage organizations to replace outdated and inefficient equipment faster than they may normally, to help reduce emissions.
There you have it, plenty of incentives for Albertans to become more energy efficient and reduce their carbon footprint. After which they can Sign Up with Park Power to get lower rates on their electricity and natural gas usage.