Solar power is a perfect example of the good things efficiency brings.
There is something amazing about using the sun’s rays to both power your home and reduce your electricity bills.
And soon, Efficiency Nova Scotia will be offering incentives to make solar power more affordable than ever before.
Starting in mid-August, Nova Scotian homeowners will be able to take part in the SolarHomes program. Full details will be available at that time; the basics are below.
If you’re a residential customer, you can sign-up here to receive details when the program is launched.
If you’re a contractor interested in the program, click here.
Applications will be available in mid-August. Rebates will be paid for solar photovoltaic systems that meet all program criteria and are pre-approved by Efficiency Nova Scotia. Your solar installers must also be pre-approved by Efficiency Nova Scotia.
Installing a solar photovoltaic system on your home can save you, on average, $1,300 a year on your electricity bill. The SolarHomes program helps Nova Scotians purchase solar energy systems by offering a rebate on a pre-approved solar photovoltaic system. SolarHomes gives homeowners more choices and more control over their energy future, while reducing carbon emissions and improving air quality.
Most Nova Scotia homeowners will be eligible. Further details will be made available when the program launches.
Only systems installed by an approved contractor will be eligible for rebates under this program. Efficiency Nova Scotia will work with the solar industry to have this list established for the August launch of the program.
Other solar programs
The SolarHomes program will complement Halifax Regional Municipality’s (HRM) Solar City Program, and rebates will be made available to HRM Solar City participants whose systems are connected on or after June 25, 2018. This means eligible homeowners will be able to access financing through HRM and receive a rebate.
The rebate is $1.00/watt for eligible solar photovoltaic systems. For most systems, the rebate will equate to approximately 30% of the cost of the system.
The average rebate is expected to be about $7,000. The maximum rebate is $10,000.
In mid-August, additional criteria will be announced for system requirements, installation requirements, etc.
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.