Solar Grants and Rebates

Discover Solar Grants, Incentives, and Rebates

A range of solar grants, incentives, and rebates are periodically available throughout BC and Canada. They range in value, are often first-come first-serve and are capped at either a number of applicants or a dollar amount.

Canada Greener Homes Loan (June 2022 – current)

The Greener Homes Loan program offers interest-free financing to help homeowners complete some of the more major energy retrofits recommended by an energy advisor.

The loan can only help you finance eligible products and installations that are part of a retrofit that is both recommended by an energy advisor and eligible for the loan.

To begin work in your home, a portion of the loan can be delivered to you up front. Contractors often require a down payment for these types of projects. The balance of the loan will be delivered upon successful completion of the retrofits, and verification through a post-retrofit evaluation.

Summary of the Greener Homes Loan

  • Minimum loan of $5,000, Maximum loan of $40,000
  • Repayment term: 10 years, interest-free
  • Loan type: Unsecured personal loan on approved credit 
  • A maximum of one loan is available per eligible property and homeowner.

*In order to apply for the loan, you must be eligible. Check your eligibility and submit an application at the link below.

Learn more by visiting the Greener Homes Loan webpage.


CleanBC Go Electric rebates for homes and workplaces (October 2023 – current)

The EV charger rebate program for homes, workplaces, and multi-unit residential buildings has successfully supported British Columbians in making clean transportation choices.

Funded by the Government of B.C.’s Ministry of Energy, Mines and Low Carbon Innovation, and at times with financial support from the Government of Canada, BC Hydro administers the CleanBC Go Electric Electric Vehicle (EV) Charger Rebate Program for Homes and Workplaces. The program provides rebates for the purchase and installation of EV chargers and infrastructure to get homes and workplaces across B.C. ready for EVs.

The Province of B.C. has approved $6.59M in fiscal year 23/24 funding to fully re-open the CleanBC Go Electric EV Charger Rebate Program for Homes and Workplaces. Starting October 31, 2023, all program offers will begin accepting applications again. Funding is limited and will be allocated until it’s exhausted. Funding is distributed on a first-come first-served basis.
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Clean Technology Investment Tax Credit and Clean Electricity Investment Tax Credit (March 2023 – current)

The 2023 Federal Budget has allocated over $70 billion in funding for clean energy projects over the next five years, including two new tax credits to support adoption of renewable energy technologies.

The Clean Technology Investment Tax Credit offers a 30% refundable tax credit for taxable entities on investments in solar PV and energy storage technologies, while the Clean Electricity Investment Tax Credit provides a refundable 15% tax credit on renewable energy investments by Indigenous communities, municipally-owned utilities, and Crown corporations.

These tax credits will help businesses and communities make the switch to clean energy while reducing electricity costs and reducing carbon emissions from energy generation.

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PST Exemption for Renewable Energy Products (2013 – current)

With the dissolution of the HST in 2013, renewable energy products were granted PST exemption.

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Reduced Electrical Permit Fees ( January 2019 – current)

Prior to January 1, 2019, electrical permitting fees for renewable energy systems were typically in the range of $700 to $1400, depending on system size. After consultation with the industry, Technical Safety BC reduced permit fees for all residential and commercial renewable energy systems.

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Canada Greener Homes Grant (May 2021 – February 2024)

The Canada Greener Homes Grant is no longer accepting new applicants. Homeowners who have already completed their online registration and have an application number are encouraged to proceed in a timely manner with their retrofits and will continue to be eligible for funding and support through the Canada Greener Homes portal.

In May 2021, the federal government released the Greener Homes Grant Initiative, which assisted homeowners to complete energy retrofit projects and improve the efficiency of their homes. These retrofits contribute to reducing greenhouse gas emissions and assist in reducing their energy bills. The total grant amount per homeowner was up to $5,000 for eligible energy-efficient improvements and up to $600 for EnerGuide home evaluations.

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Solar Grant for Residents of Nanaimo, RDN Electoral Area or the District of Lantzville (January 2023 – December 2023)

A limited number of rebates are available on a first-come, first-served basis. This program enables homeowners in RDN Electoral Areas to save money while upgrading to energy-efficient technology in their home.

Eligibility – Applicants must be homeowners in an RDN Electoral Area or the District of Lantzville. The following systems are eligible for this incentive:

Solar Hot Water, Photovoltaic, Geoexchange (ground-source or water-source), Micro (under 1 kW) and small wind (1 to 10 kW)

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Lowered Permit Fees ( January 2019 – current)

Prior to January 1, 2019, electrical permitting fees for renewable energy systems were typically in the range of $700 to $1400, depending on system size. After consultation with the industry, Technical Safety BC reduced permit fees for all residential and commercial renewable energy systems.

Learn more


 

This page is updated on a regular basis with new renewable energy initiatives for BC residents. If you don’t see what you are looking for, please check back or get in touch with our team.

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