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Solar Tax Credits, Incentives and Solar Rebates in New Brunswick

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by Simone Garneau

Provincial Flag of New BrunswickSolar Energy Outlook

Summary Data for New Brunswick

Province/Territory Capital Fredericton
Solar Value Index $700
Solar Energy Produced 5,603 kWh / year
Average retail electricity price (2016 data) 12.5 cents / kWh
Average annual consumption per household (2014 data) 19,392 kWh
Installed solar PV capacity (2014 data) 0.2 MW
Levelized Cost 13.74 cents / kWh
Reached grid parity? Not yet

A Few of the Solar Companies in New Brunswick

Solar Installer City Sunmetrix Solar Score Sunmetrix Cashback
Clear Power Solutions Saint John$150
Vertex Solar Solutions Shediac River$100
Epic Energy Tracyville$150

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Rooftop solar energy in New Brunswick is still fairly uncommon, at less than 50 homes with a grid-connected system as of early 2015. However, given the falling cost of solar installations and the fact that the province has set a goal of 40 per cent renewable energy generation by 2020, we expect to see that number rise significantly in the coming years.

At 12.5 cents/ kWh, the electricity prices in the province are above the national average of 12.2 cents / kWh. When it comes to average electricity consumption per household, residents of this province consume 19,392 kWh per year, above the national average of 13,300 kWh.

Currently, New Brunswick has 1 financial incentive programs and 1 regulatory programs supporting the adoption of solar energy.

Although the cost of solar power in the province didn't reach grid parity yet, the incentives listed below can significantly increase the affordability of solar energy.

List of Solar PV Incentive Programs in New Brunswick

Financial Incentives

  • Energy Smart Commercial Buildings Retrofit Program
    The Energy Smart Commercial Buildings Retrofit Program provides financial incentives of up to $3,000 towards an evaluation to determine the potential for energy efficiency upgrades in a commercial building and a maximum of $75,000 towards the energy retrofitting project costs that result in measureable electricity savings, including solar PV systems. In order to qualify for incentives, please ensure your Energy Management Service Provider has met, and will meet, the Energy Smart Program requirements. The implementation funding is on a 'per gigajoule saved' basis and is intended for projects that have not yet been started.

Regulatory Policies

  • NB Power Net Metering Program
    The NB Power Net Metering program provides customers with the option to connect their own environmentally sustainable generation unit to NB Power's distribution system. The program allows customers to generate their own electricity to offset their consumption, while remaining connected to NB Power's distribution system, so they can meet their electricity demands when their generation unit cannot. The generation unit must not exceed 100 kW. Credits cannot be carried forward beyond March of each year.

Federal Incentive Programs

    Unfortunately, there are no federal incentives for residential solar PV projects in Canada. However, if you own a business, the following programs may be applicable.
  • Capital Cost Allowance (CCA) Renewable Energy
    The Government of Canada makes clean energy projects, such as solar energy, wind energy and energy from waste, more fiscally attractive for industry by providing business income tax incentives. Under Classes 43.1 and 43.2 in Schedule II of the Income Tax Regulations, certain capital costs of systems that produce energy by using renewable energy sources or fuels from waste, or conserve energy by using fuel more efficiently are eligible for accelerated capital cost allowance. Under Class 43.1, eligible equipment may be written-off at 30 percent per year on a declining balance basis. In general, equipment that is eligible for Class 43.1 but is acquired after February 22, 2005 and before year 2020 may be written-off at 50 percent per year on a declining balance basis under Class 43.2.
  • Canadian Renewable and Conservation Expenses (CRCE)
    CRCE is designed to encourage commercial investments in clean energy generation and energy conservation projects by providing income tax incentives for certain start-up expenses associated with these projects.

Methodology Notes

  • Average monthly electricity consumption data is from the Canadian Electricity Association (2014 data).
  • Average retail electricity prices are based on studies published by Manitoba Hydro and the annual Hydro Quebec report "Comparison of Electricity Prices in Major North American Cities" and is based on 1,000 kWh/month consumption.
  • Annual solar production estimates are based on the analysis performed using our own solar energy calculator, Sunmetrix Discover.
  • Installed solar PV capacity figures are from Natural Resources Canada's report entitled "Photovoltaic Technology Status and Prospects: Canadian Annual Report (2015)".
  • The national average for utility rates in Canada excludes the rates in Northwest Territories and Nunavut.

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Written by Simone

Simone Garneau is the co-founder of Sunmetrix, an online consumer education website for residential solar energy. The goal of Sunmetrix is to help homeowners go solar and save money with our Solar Cashback Program. In addition to the 200+ articles about solar energy, Sunmetrix offers homeowners three main resources: a Consumer Report for solar energy, Discover, to preview solar energy for your home, and GO, the only solar energy test drive experience.

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