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



Please note: A new SolarHomes rebate structure came into effect November 1st, 2019. All applications received after 11:59pm on October 31st are reviewed under the new and current rebate structure. Please see below for more details.

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

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 processed as soon as possible. Please allow up to 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

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. 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 (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.

Available Rebates
Choose from a variety of upgrades

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 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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