Thursday, September 19, 2019

City of Edmonton announces incentives for the installation of solar panels

Edmontonians can now apply for solar installation rebates through the City’s Change Homes for Climate – Solar Program. The new incentive rate of $0.40/watt will cover roughly 15 per cent towards the cost of a home solar energy system installation. Previously, Edmontonians applied for solar rebates through Energy Efficiency Alberta, with $0.90/watt coming from the province and a top-up of $0.15/watt from the City of Edmonton.

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The City is committed to delivering a solar program to help Edmontonians invest in local, renewable energy generation while continuing to help create economic opportunities in the solar energy sector.

“While the costs of solar have fallen dramatically in recent years, our climate targets, like those in the Edmonton Declaration, require us to move further and faster than ever before,” said Mayor Don Iveson. “Creating incentives for renewable energy sources like solar power is one of the most impactful ways of building a climate resilient city while also creating jobs and diversifying Edmonton’s local economy.”

Edmonton is one of the sunniest cities in Canada with approximately 2,300 hours of sunshine per year. This makes it a great place to invest in solar technology with panels supplying up to 100 per cent of electricity home needs.

Every solar installation helps bring down the collective carbon footprint of the city, improve air quality and create a stable source of energy that shields homeowners against energy price fluctuations.

Past solar programs in Edmonton have resulted in more than $15 million in local economic activity and reduced more than 3,000 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions per year—the equivalent of taking 1,000 cars off the road.

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