Alberta announces $36M rebate program for solar panels on homes, businesses

The Alberta government is putting up $36 million over two years for a rebate program to encourage rooftop solar panels on homes and businesses.

Environment Minister Shannon Phillips says more details are to come and the rebates are to be available as early as this summer.

Phillips says the use of solar panels has doubled since 2015 and the goal is to have new panels on 10,000 Alberta rooftops within three years.

“Albertans are keen on solar. Today’s announcement … will keep the momentum going,” Phillips said Monday.

“Energy efficiency matters to Albertans, and the province is way overdue.”

The program is expected to create 900 jobs in the next few years, and reduce solar installation costs by up to 30 per cent for homes and 25 per cent for businesses.

Phillips says the solar panels would reduce greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to taking 100,000 vehicles off the road.

The program is part of Alberta’s larger climate change plan that includes a broad-based carbon levy on home heating bills and gas at the pumps.

Edmonton Alberta Environmental Grants

Environmental Grants

Whether you are an individual, school or community group, there are a number of environmental grants you can apply for.

  • Alberta Conservation Association (ACA)
    Annual grants for projects that benefit Alberta’s wildlife and fish populations and their habitats.
  • Alberta Council for Environmental Education (ACEE)
    Grants and and awards listing
  • Alberta EcoTrust
    Various grants for delivery of programs, projects and results that advance environmental missions.
  • BP
    A+ for Energy offers teachers up to $10,000 per project to make their energy projects become a reality.
  • City of Edmonton: EcoCity Edmonton
    Community sustainability grants for non-profits, community leagues, schools and charities to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
  • EcoAction
    EcoAction offers funding to community-based, non-profit organizations for projects related to clean air, clean water, climate change or nature.
  • Emerald Foundation
    Youth Environmental Engagement Grant offers micro-grants up to $400 for group projects to support environmental engagement activities.
  • Environment Canada
    EcoAction Community Funding Program offers funding for the following themes: clean air, clean water, climate change and nature.
  • Learning for a Sustainable Future
    EcoLeague offers funding for schools to engage in an action project that focuses on a local sustainability issue.
  • Mountain Equipment Co-op
    Community Contributions offers grants and product donations for a variety of themes.
  • TD
    Friends of the Environment Foundation offers funding for a variety of environmental themes.
  • World Wildlife Foundation (WWF)
    Go Wild! Community Grant offers grants from $1,000 to $7,000 to support creative ideas on how to protect, restore, monitor, education and celebration nature.

For More Information

City of Edmonton Environmental Strategies

8th Floor, HSBC Bank Place
10250-101 Street NW
Edmonton, Alberta
T5J 3P4


Growing Forward 2 Alberta

There are no changes to the On-Farm Solar Photovoltaics program’s grant funding levels or maximums.

Please note, however, that the program has benefitted from the recent enhancements to the On-Farm Energy Management program by an increase to the overall program budget. The program anticipates being able to fund many more solar projects with this increase to program budget.

Program purpose statement

The program provides funding towards solar photovoltaics on Alberta farms. This enables producers to conserve non-renewable fossil fuels and reduce carbon emissions, ultimately reducing the environmental footprint of Alberta’s agriculture industry.

The Growing Forward 2 Solar Photovoltaics Program addresses two important industry priorities:

  1. Improved environmental stewardship. When producers make investments in clean energy and reduced carbon emissions, they are recognized for their commitment to sustainable practices.
  2. Improved energy management. Producers who install photovoltaic systems tend to take a renewed interest in their electricity usage; this leads to additional efficiency investments.

What kinds of PV Systems are eligible?

To be eligible for funding, a Photovoltaic system must be:

  • Grid-tied, not off-grid,
  • Approved under Alberta’s Micro-Generation Legislation,
  • Positioned to optimize sunshine and minimize shading,
  • Have manufacturer-warranties on: Solar modules, Racking, Inverters and/or Micro-inverters,
  • Producing power that is used in the production of a primary commodity, and
  • Purchased after April 1, 2013, including already-installed systems.

How are costs shared?

Grants are calculated based on an eligible system’s nominal wattage, up to a maximum percentage of system cost. Third-party contractor-installed systems are funded at a higher rate than self-installed systems. A maximum of 100 kW of solar PV or capacity$50,000 per applicant is available through the program.