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Federal Programs

Agricultural Clean Technology Program
Benefit type: GrantProgram Eligible: Net Metering ITCCoverage Area: CanadaOffered by: FederalEligible Applicants: All BusinessesSolutions: Solar
[Currently Closed] The agricultural clean technology program promotes the installation of clean energy technology, such as solar, to lower emissions in the agriculture and agri-food sector. Applicants can receive anywhere between $25,000 to $2 million for an eligible project, for a maximum of 40% of the project’s cost. Under-represented groups will be provided an additional 10% to assist with their projects. For more information, please visit https://agriculture.canada.ca/en/programs/agricultural-clean-technology-adoption-stream

Green Municipal Fund
Benefit type: Grant and loanProgram Eligible: Net Metering ITCCoverage Area: CanadaOffered by: FederalSolutions: SolarEligible Applicants: Municipalities
The Green Municipal fund offers municipalities grants and loans to assist with your transition to renewable energy. Receive between $100-500k in grants that cover 50-80% of eligible project costs. First time applicants in northern and eligible indigenous communities may even qualify for a grant of up to 100% of eligible costs. The fund also offers a loan that can be paired with the grant for up to 10 million. If you use the loan, you can only receive 15% of the total loan amount for the grant. To learn more, please visit: https://greenmunicipalfund.ca/new-funding

Clean Energy Investment Tax Credit
Benefit Type: Tax BenefitsProgram type: Net Metering + ITCOffered by: FederalCoverage details: CanadaEligible applicants: All BusinessesSolutions: Solar + Battery
Organizations who make a clean energy investment between March, 28 2023 and 2035 are eligible for an investment tax credit refund. You can receive a tax credit of up to 30% on the capital cost of eligible solar generation and storage equipment. For more information, please visit: https://www.canada.ca/en/revenue-agency/services/tax/technical-information/income-tax/income-tax-folios-index/series-3-property-investments-savings-plans/series-3-property-investments-savings-plan-folio-8-resource-properties/income-tax-folio-s3-f8-c2-tax-incentives-clean-energy-equipment.html

Accelerated Capital Cost Allowance
Benefit Type: Tax BenefitsProgram type: Net Metering + ITCOffered by: FederalCoverage details: CanadaEligible applicants: All BusinessesSolutions: Solar + Battery
The Accelerated Capital Cost Allowance empowers businesses to recoup their clean energy project costs. The allowable CCA percentage will depend on your province and business type and the total will be calculated from the cost of your eligible solar expenses. Class 43.1 offers a rate of 30% while Class 43.2 offers a rate of 50%. https://www.canada.ca/en/revenue-agency/services/tax/businesses/topics/sole-proprietorships-partnerships/report-business-income-expenses/claiming-capital-cost-allowance/classes-depreciable-property.html#class43.1

Ontario Programs

Greenhouse SaveOn Energy
Benefit Type: Rebate/IncentivesProgram type: SaveOnEnergyOffered by: ProvincialCoverage details: OntarioEligible applicants: GreenhouseSolutions: Solar + Battery
Southwestern Ontario Greenhouses are eligible for rebates on Distributed Energy Resource (DER) systems, including “Behind the Meter” rooftop solar PV systems and battery storage systems. The solar project would have to be at least 50 kW in size and must include a battery for energy storage that has a minimum size of 500kWh. Incentives include: $1,435/kW for solar PV systems $260/kWh for battery storage Please check the SaveOnEnergy site for more information and to see if your postal code qualifies for the rebate

Ottawa DER Large Solar PV Funding Incentive
Benefit Type: Rebate/IncentivesProgram type: SaveOnEnergy (Behind the Meter)Offered by: ProvincialCoverage details: Ottawa (Except k0A)Eligible applicants: All BusinessesSolutions: Solar
Businesses in Ottawa can participate in Save On Energy’s Retrofit program, intended to promote large distributed energy resource (DER) solar systems. Businesses can receive $860 per kW (AC) for a maximum of 1000 kW, totalling up to $860,000. The main requirements to be eligible for the program are: The system has the be at least 50 kW in size The system needs to be roof or wall-mounted The system has to be “behind”-the-meter“ and cannot be signed onto a net metering agreement The system size can’t surpass the maximum load of the facility

Electric vehicle (EV) ChargeON Program
Benefit Type: Rebate/IncentivesProgram type: EVOffered by: ProvincialCoverage details: OntarioEligible applicants: GreenhouseSolutions: EV Charger
Businesses in Ontario can receive up to $1,000,000 in funding from the EV chargeOn program for EV related projects. Municipalities and Indigenous businesses can get up to 75% of total project costs while other businesses can receive up to 50%. The amount you’re eligible for also depends on the type and output of your EV chargers. For more information, please visit: https://www.ontario.ca/page/ev-chargeon-program

Alberta Programs

[Program Closed] Solar for Schools Program
Benefit Type: Rebate/IncentivesProgram type: Net Metering - ITCCoverage details: AlbertaOffered by: MunicipalEligible applicants: Other (Schools)Solutions: Solar
Alberta schools can apply to receive funding for a new solar PV system. The goal is to incentivize schools to make an educational and sustainable investment that will also save money on their building’s electricity costs. Approved schools will receive a rebate based on the size of their system. Under 10 kW: $1.50/Watt Between 10 kW and 150 kW: $1.25/Watt Between 150 kW and 2 MW: $1.10/Watt Between 2 MW and 5 MW: $1.00/Watt For more information, please visit: https://mccac.ca/programs/solar-for-schools-program/

[Program Closed] Climate Innovation Grant Program
Benefit Type: FundingProgram type: Net Metering - ITCCoverage details: Edmonton and CalgaryOffered by: ProvincialEligible applicants: Non-ProfitsSolutions: Solar
Calgary and Edmonton Non-profit and qualified charitable organizations can receive up to $100,000 to install solar panels and make a positive impact on the city. For more information, please visit: https://albertaecotrust.com/grants/climate-innovation-grant-program

Banff Solar PV Incentive Program
Benefit Type: Rebate/IncentivesProgram type: Net Metering - ITCCoverage details: BanffOffered by: MunicipalEligible applicants: All BusinessesSolutions: Solar
Banff is offering a post-installation rebate for property owners who have completed the installation of a solar PV system. Customers can receive $750/kW for a maximum of 20kW. The project must meet all safety code requirements and be CSA or ULC approved for installation in Canada. For more information, please visit: https://banff.ca/807/Solar-Incentive-Program

[Program Closed] Alberta Municipal Solar Program
Benefit Type: Rebate/IncentivesProgram type: Net Metering - ITCCoverage details: AlbertaOffered by: MunicipalEligible applicants: MunicipalSolutions: Solar
The Alberta Municipal Solar Program offers Municipalities and community related organizations rebates for solar installations on their properties or land. Approved applicants can receive up to $0.90/watt (no more than 30% of the project cost). For more information, please visit: https://mccac.ca/programs/alberta-municipal-solar-program/

City of Edmonton’s Clean Energy Improvement Program
Benefit Type: FundingProgram type: Net Metering - ITCCoverage details: EdmontonOffered by: MunicipalEligible applicants: All BusinessesSolutions: Solar
Businesses located in the city of Edmonton can finance up to 100% of their solar PV system projects through the Clean Energy Improvement program. The project would have to be recommended by an authorized audit ASHREA level 2 report. The financing term is set for 20 years at a 3.13% interest rate with a minimum cost of $3000 and a maximum cost of $1,000,000. For more information, please visit https://ceip.abmunis.ca/commercial/locations/edmonton/

[Program Closed] Canmore Incentive Program
Benefit Type: IncentiveProgram type: Net Metering - ITCCoverage details: CanmoreOffered by: MunicipalEligible applicants: All BusinessesSolutions: Solar
Property owners in Canmore are eligible for incentives of up to $20,000 to install solar on existing buildings or new constructions. Applicants who apply will be picked based on a lottery system and an amount will be allotted based on your property size. For more information, please go to https://www.canmore.ca/your-community/environment/incentiveprograms#:~:text=Theresidentialincentiveis1250,aminimumof3kW.

Solar Club
Benefit Type: IncentiveProgram type: Net Metering - ITCCoverage details: AlbertaOffered by: ProvincialEligible applicants: All BusinessesSolutions: Solar
The Alberta solar club gives solar customers access to flexible export rate options to optimize the credits received through sending excess energy back to the grid. During the summer months when you’re exporting more energy, you can opt for the higher electricity rate to earn more credits. During the winter then you’re expected to use more energy than you export, you can opt for a lower rate to pay less on your bills. Members will also receive a 2% cash back annually on all imported energy. For more information, please visit: https://solarclub.ca/maximizing-your-solar/

Nova Scotia Programs

Nova Scotia Community Solar Program
Benefit Type: Payment SubscriptionProgram type: PPACoverage details: Nova ScotiaOffered by: ProvincialEligible applicants: All BusinessesSolutions: Solar + Battery
Nova Scotia Community groups and organizations can apply to become an owner of a community solar garden that sells subscriptions to other organizations or homeowners. The energy produced by these community gardens will be sent to Nova Scotia Power and divided among subscribers. Subscribers receive credits worth $0,02 cents/kWh on their bill. The garden must also have a nameplate capacity of at least 0.5 MWac and no more than 10 MWac. To learn more, please visit https://energy.novascotia.ca/renewables/community-solar-program

Sustainable Communities Challenge Fund
Benefit Type: FundingProgram type: Net Metering - ITCCoverage details: Nova ScotiaOffered by: ProvincialEligible applicants: All Businesses (Nova Scotia Municipalities/First Nations/registered non-profits and post-secondary institutions )Solutions: Solar
Nova Scotia Municipalities, First Nations, registered non-profits and post-secondary institutions can apply for the sustainable communities challenge fund to install energy generation systems. The fund supports sustainable projects that align with Nova Scotia’s environmental goals and contribute positively to the community. Applicants can receive up to 80% of the eligible project’s cost, capped at $1,000,000. The percentage your institution must contribute to the project will depend on the total project cost. For more information, please visit: https://nschallengefund.ca/about/

Efficiency Nova Scotia Solar Non-Profit Pilot Program
Benefit Type: Rebates/IncentiveProgram type: Net Metering - ITCCoverage details: Nova ScotiaOffered by: ProvincialEligible applicants: Non-ProfitSolutions: Solar
Registered non-profit organizations or charities are eligible to participate in the Non-Profit pilot program. The program offers a rebate of $0.60/Watt (DC capacity) for up to 25% of eligible system funds or $15,000. Your system must be installed by an ENS registered installer and have a minimum size of 1 kW. For more information, please visit https://www.efficiencyns.ca/residential/services-rebates/solar-homes/terms-and-conditions/

Low Carbon Communities
Benefit Type: GrantProgram type: Net Metering - ITCCoverage details: Nova ScotiaOffered by: ProvincialEligible applicants: All BusinessesSolutions: Solar
The Low Carbon Communities Program is offering businesses up to 75% of your eligible solar project costs for a maximum of $75,000 to support reducing emissions in the community. The application deadline is July 22, 2024 and the project is required to be completed by October 31st, 2025. If your project is approved, you’ll receive 90% of the approved grant amount during the beginning of the project and the rest will be provided after its complete. For more information, please visit: https://novascotia.ca/low-carbon-communities/#:~:text=LowCarbonCommunitiesTheLowCarbonCommunitiesLCC,low-carbonsolutionsinbuildingselectricitytransportationandeducation.

HCi3 Grant
Benefit Type: GrantProgram type: Net Metering - ITCCoverage details: Primarily HRM but allows exceptions for projects led by indigenous or African NS communitiesOffered by: ProvincialEligible applicants: All BusinessesSolutions: Solar
HCi3 has allocated a total of $400,000 to help businesses fund projects that reduce greenhouse gas emissions, including renewable energy systems that benefit the community. Eligible projects can receive up to 80% of the total project costs for a maximum of $75,000. For more information, please visit: https://www.hci3.ca/grant-program?utm_source=sfmc&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=sfmc&utm_emailname=hci3-email-may24&utm_content=email

Halifax Solar City Program
Benefit Type: FundingProgram type: AllCoverage details: HalifaxOffered by: MunicipalEligible applicants: Non-profits/charities/co-operatives/place of worshipSolutions: Solar
The Halifax Solar City Program offers a convenient financing option for property owners to install a solar PV system, eliminating the need for upfront payments. Property owners will enter into an agreement with the municipality, allowing for an LIC to be placed on the property post-installation. The LIC can be paid off over a 10 year term at a 4.75% fixed interest rate. For more information, please visit https://www.halifax.ca/home-property/solar-projects/about-solar-city

PEI Solar Programs

Solar Electric Rebate Program
Benefit Type: Rebate/IncentiveProgram type: Net Metering ITCCoverage details: PEIOffered by: ProvincialEligible applicants:All BusinessesSolutions: Solar
Businesses and farm buildings in Prince Edward Island can apply for the Solar Electric Rebate Program to receive up to $35,000 for farm buildings and $10,000 for businesses. ($350/kilowatt DC installed). Your solar installer will work with you to apply for the incentive and ensure all requirements are met. To learn more please visit: https://www.princeedwardisland.ca/en/information/environment-energy-and-climate-action/solar-electric-rebate-program

British Columbia Solar Programs

British Columbia PST Tax Exemption
Benefit Type: Tax ExemptionProgram type: Net Metering ITCCoverage details: BCOffered by: ProvincialEligible applicants: All BusinessesSolutions: Solar
Purchases of a solar PV system, including wiring controllers and inverters can be exempt from PST tax in British Columbia. To learn more, please visit: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/assets/gov/taxes/sales-taxes/publications/pst-203-energy-conservation-ice-fund-tax.pdf

BC Hydro Call For Power
Benefit Type: PPAProgram type: PPACoverage details: BCOffered by: ProvincialEligible applicants: First NationsSolutions: Solar
BC hydro is calling for new renewable electricity generation sources to keep up with the growing demand in the province. The proposed project must have a minimum 25% equity ownership by one or more First Nations and should realistically be completed before 2031. We are excited to partner with interested First Nations who would like to participate in the program by installing a solar PV system. Together we will be entering into an Electricity Purchase Agreement with BC Hydro to sell electricity to the grid. For more information, please visit: https://www.bchydro.com/work-with-us/selling-clean-energy/2024-call-for-power.html?utm_source=direct&utm_medium=redirect&utm_content=2024callforpower

CleanBC Go Electric EV Charger Rebate Program
Benefit Type: RebateProgram type: EVCoverage details: BCOffered by: ProvincialEligible applicants: All BusinessesSolutions: EV Chargers
Clean BC is offering multiple incentives for businesses who want to incorporate EV chargers into their properties. You can receive up to $3000 for EV ready plans, up to $120,000 for EV ready infrastructure and up to $14,000 for EV chargers. You must be approved by your hydro company before buying and installing any equipment. For more information, please go to https://electricvehicles.bchydro.com/incentives/charger-rebates/apartment