There’s something amazing about using the sun’s rays
to power your home.

Add solar power to your home and save

Solar power is one more way that homeowners can have more control over their energy future, while reducing carbon emissions, and improving air quality. Solar Photovoltaic (PV) systems can help you reduce your energy bills on average $1,500 per year.

 

SolarHomes Program rebate

Efficiency Nova Scotia offers incentives to make solar electricity more affordable than ever. The SolarHomes program helps Nova Scotians harness the sun’s energy by offering a rebate on  approved solar PV systems.

This solar program is funded by the Government of Canada’s $56 million-dollar commitment to Nova Scotia from the Low Carbon Economy Leadership Fund. Efficiency Nova Scotia is administering the program for the province.

Next Steps

Follow these simple steps to see the good things efficiency brings to your home through Solar electricity.

Step 1

After reviewing program details and terms and conditions, it is recommended that you reach out to at least 3 approved solar installers for quotes. You can search our directory to find an approved installer. Look for this logo solar homes logo to ensure the installer is approved for participation in the SolarHomes program.

Contact your home insurance provider to ensure your proposed solar PV system is covered by your policy, and to see if there will be any changes to your policy/coverage.

Step 2

Get your chosen solar installer to complete the SolarHomes Approval Application along with any required supporting documents.

Step 3

Wait to receive confirmation from Efficiency Nova Scotia for approval for your rebate. Once approved, coordinate with your installer to proceed with purchase and installation of equipment.

Please note: You must receive approval before proceeding, and complete the installation within 12 months in order to receive your approved rebate.

Please ensure that you obtain all applicable permits and follow local building and electrical code requirements.

Step 4

Once installation and final electrical inspection are complete, get your solar installer to submit the SolarHomes Rebate Application as well as all required documents. Your rebate cheque will be processed as soon as possible. Please allow up to 8 weeks to receive your rebate cheque.

Getting started with solar energy

The SolarHomes program offers rebates to qualifying homeowners who have eligible photovoltaic (PV) systems installed by approved contractors. To be eligible for rebates, approval is required from Efficiency Nova Scotia prior to installing equipment.

Applications will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis. When you get approval from Efficiency Nova Scotia, you can be assured that a specific rebate amount will be offered to you within the timeline indicated in the approval (12 months).

SolarHomes Approved Installers
Search our directory to find an approved installer to complete your solar installation.
We’re excited about using a renewable resource to power our home, and teaching our kids about sustainability at the same time.

The Smith family decided to explore the possibility of solar panels on their suburban detached single family home. They were eligible, and went through the SolarHomes program, receiving a rebate of $7,500 on the project. The upgrade cost the Smiths a total of $25,600, with a payback period of 10.3 years. They’ll be saving energy and money on their bills, while selling any excess power generated back to the grid for credit on their electrical bills. 

House Type: Detached single-family home | Year Built: 2001
Sq Footage:  1,865 sq ft.
Annual Savings: This system will reduce CO2 emissions by 125 tons annually, the equivalent of taking 27 cars off the road yearly.

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Available Rebate
The rebate is $0.60/Watt (installed DC capacity) up to 25% of eligible system costs (excluding HST) or $6,000, whichever is less. For many systems, the rebate will equate to approximately 25% of the cost of the system.
Program rebate levels are subject to change at any time.

Funding for the SolarHomes program

This solar program is funded by the Government of Canada’s $56 million-dollar commitment to Nova Scotia from the Low Carbon Economy Leadership Fund. Efficiency Nova Scotia is administering the program for the province.

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