Solar Tax Credits, Incentives and Solar Rebates in Canada

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Continuous reductions in PV system costs and a handful of provincial incentive programs are slowly, but surely, changing Canada's residential electricity landscape. Motivated by environmental as well as financial reasons, more and more Canadians are switching to solar power.

With its generous rates, Ontario's feed-in-tariff program created a solar boom in this province. Currently, the vast majority of installed solar capacity in Canada is located in Ontario. However, Ontario's MicroFIT program is no longer considering applications, so homeowners that install solar panels will now be part of the province's net metering program. In Canada's other provinces and territories interest in solar energy is growing, in part as a result of new incentive programs that are designed to stimulate the demand for solar power.

Unfortunately, Canada does not have a federal tax credit for solar energy. In our opinion, a program modeled on the U.S. Federal Investment Tax Credit can be particularly effective, sending a clear message to Canadian consumers. In Canada, available incentives programs are mostly at the provincial/territorial level with a few local/municipal programs. These financial incentives and regulatory programs can significantly improve the financial feasibility of installing solar panels for your home, cottage or business. For more information on how to pay for your solar panels in Canada, click here.

Click on the map above or the table below to learn more about the available programs in your province or territory.

Links to Incentive Programs in Each Province/Territory

Click on your province/territory to get more details on incentive programs and see if solar power can save you money.

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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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