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Solar Tax Credits, Incentives and Solar Rebates in Nova Scotia

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by Simone Garneau

Provincial Flag of Nova ScotiaSolar Energy Outlook

Summary Data for Nova Scotia

Province/Territory Capital Halifax
Solar Value Index $874
Solar Energy Produced 5,454 kWh / year
Average retail electricity price (2016 data) 16.03 cents / kWh
Average annual consumption per household (2014 data) 11,160 kWh
Installed solar PV capacity (2014 data) 0.6 MW
Levelized Cost 14.12 cents / kWh
Reached grid parity? Yes

A Few of the Solar Companies in Nova Scotia

Solar Installer City Sunmetrix Solar Score Sunmetrix Cashback
Wattsup Solar Weymouth$125
Appleseed Energy Inc. West Arichat$250
Doctor Solar Dartmouth$250

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Nova Scotians pay among the highest retail electricity prices in the country. While wind energy has been well supported in the province, solar energy has been less promoted. Fortunately, the province is taking steps to reduce its reliance on coal and setting a renewable energy target of 40% by 2020. Some assessments estimate the solar electric potential for Nova Scotia to be on the order of 50 megawatts. This spells good news for solar out east!

At 16.03 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 11,160 kWh per year, below the national average of 13,300 kWh.

Currently, Nova Scotia has no financial incentive programs and 1 regulatory programs supporting the adoption of solar energy.

Nova Scotia is a grid parity province, making solar power cheaper than the residential utility rates. The incentives listed below can significantly reduce the cost of installation of solar panels for your home or business.

List of Solar PV Incentive Programs in Nova Scotia

Financial Incentives

Unfortunately, there are no provincial financial incentives in Nova Scotia.

Regulatory Policies

  • Enhanced Net Metering
    Nova Scotians can install a source of renewable energy such as a wind turbine or set of solar panels - or even a small hydro or biomass generator - to help power their home or business. If your generating unit (max size 1 MW) produces more energy than you use at any one time, the extra electricity will flow onto the local grid for others to use. On the other hand, if your generator isn't producing as much as you need, you can still draw from the grid to make up the difference. When you become a net metering customer, we'll install a bi-directional electricity meter to monitor and record the flow of electricity to and from your home or business. If at the end of billing period you've produced more energy than you've used, you'll receive a credit on your next bill. If at the end of a year you've still produced more electricity than you've used, we'll provide a cash payment for the surplus energy that has not already been applied to your power bill at a rate equal to the cost of energy from the grid.

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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