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

Efficiency Nova Scotia offers incentives to make solar power more affordable than ever. The SolarHomes program helps Nova Scotians harness the sun’s energy by offering a rebate on an approved solar PV systems. Homeowners have more choices and more control over their energy future, while reducing carbon emissions, and improving air quality. Solar powered homes can help you reduce your energy bills by up to $1,500 per year.

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 power.

Step 1

After reviewing program details and eligibility, it is recommended that you reach out to at least 3 approved solar installers for quotes. Look for this logo to ensure the installer is approved for participation in the SolarHomes program. Also contact your home insurance provider 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 rebates. Once approved, purchase and installation of equipment can proceed.

Please note: You must receive approval and complete the installation in the required timeline (6 months for existing homes and 12 months for homes under construction) in order to receive a rebate.

Step 4

Once installation and final electrical inspection have been completed, get your solar installer to submit the SolarHomes REBATE application as well as all required documents. Your rebate cheque will be in the mail 6 – 8 weeks after receiving all final documents.

Please Note:

  • It’s recommended that you contact your home insurance provider to ensure your proposed solar PV system is covered by your policy.
  • Please ensure that you obtain all applicable permits and follow local building and electrical code requirements.
Getting Started

SolarHomes offers rebates to Nova Scotia homeowners for installing eligible solar photovoltaic (PV) systems, using installers approved by Efficiency Nova Scotia. To be eligible for rebates, approval is required from Efficiency Nova Scotia prior to installing equipment.

Approval applications will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis. Receiving approval from Efficiency Nova Scotia provides program participants with assurance that a specific rebate amount will be offered to the participant within the timeline indicated in the approval (6 months for existing homes and 12 months for homes under construction).

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 Solar Equipment Rebates 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.

Available Rebates
Choose from a variety of upgrades

Available Rebate
The average rebate is expected to be about $6,800. The maximum rebate is $8,500, or 35% of eligible system costs (excluding HST).
The rebate is $0.85/Watt (installed DC capacity) up to 35% of eligible system costs (excluding HST) or $8,500, whichever is less. For many systems, the rebate will equate to approximately 30% of the cost of the system.
Rebate changes may occur periodically to help achieve these objectives and help support sustainable long-term growth in Nova Scotia’s solar industry.
Program rebate levels are subject to change over time.

Funding for the 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.