Canada Greener Homes Grant (May 2021 – Current)
The Canada Greener Homes Federal grant program of $2.6 billion over 7 years offers to allocate up to $5,000 for home retrofitting projects, including Solar PV systems. The grant program is for a number of energy efficiency and sustainability upgrades, such as insulating, glazing, weather stripping and efficient heating systems, as well as solar.
To apply/qualify for the grant, homeowners are required to have a home energy assessment completed by an accredited energy advisor. Based on the outcomes of this assessment, some funding may be possible. Up to $600 is also available to cover some or all of the cost of the assessment.
To help homeowners and take advantage of the grant program, the Federal Budget has also proposed $4.4 billion over 5 years (beginning in 2021-2022) to help up to 200,000 homeowners complete deep home retrofits through interest-free loans of up to $40,000. This funding (as of October 27th) has not yet been released but homeowners are encouraged to sign up for updates on the CMHC website.
For step-by-step instruction on how to efficiently navigate the process, and to receive a referral to an accredited Energy Auditor in your region, please reach out to us for assistance.
PST Exemption for Renewable Energy Products (2013 – current)
With the dissolution of the HST in 2013, renewable energy products were granted PST exemption.
Solar Grant for Residents of Nanaimo, RDN Electoral Area or the District of Lantzville (Jan. 1 – Dec. 15, 2021)
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)
Lowered Permit Fees ( Jan. 1 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.
Electric Vehicle Charger Rebate (2020 – current)
CleanBC Go Electric rebates for single-family homes, multi-unit residential apartments and condos, and workplaces. This program is part of the province’s CleanBC plan to make clean transportation more affordable and accessible for British Columbians.
We update this page regularly with new renewable energy initiatives for BC residents so if you don’t see what you are looking for, please check back or get in touch with one of our team.