SolarHomes Terms and Conditions

Rebate:

  • The current SolarHomes rebate can be found on the Efficiency Nova Scotia SolarHomes website: efficiencyns.ca/SolarHomes.
  • Rebates are based on the nameplate wattage of the solar panels (DC).
  • Rebates are capped at $0.60/Watt (installed DC capacity) up to 25% of eligible system costs (excluding HST) or $6,000 whichever is less.
  • Efficiency Nova Scotia reserves the right to decline a project proposal where it is determined that the system will not meet a reasonable level of performance for the projected expense.
  • Efficiency Nova Scotia acknowledges the importance of equal access to affordable renewable energy (including solar PV systems) to all Nova Scotians, regardless of income, geographical location, or housing type. On this basis, Efficiency Nova Scotia reserves the right to change incentive levels, amend the eligibility criteria, or end this program to achieve this objective at any time.
  • The rebate is conditional upon the participant operating the equipment for a minimum period of 36 months following submission of the rebate application. If the participant ceases to use the equipment prior to the expiry of the 36 month period, the participant shall repay to Efficiency Nova Scotia a prorated payment equivalent to 1/36th of the total rebate, multiplied by the number of months or partial months remaining in the 36 month period.
  • The rebate you get approved for may increase by up to 5% of the approved amount, if the final installed system size or eligible cost change from this application. Any changes in system size or cost in excess of this rebate amount may be subject to rebates available at the time your rebate application is submitted.

Participant Eligibility:

  • Program participants are only eligible to participate in the SolarHomes Program once and cannot receive a rebate for more than one property.
  • The home must be owned by the program participant and either used as their principle residence or as their principle seasonal property. Rental properties are not eligible.
  • Single family homes (including detached, semi-detached, townhouses and rowhouses, mobile homes) located in Nova Scotia are eligible.
  • In the case of a new home that has not yet been constructed, the program participant must be the homeowner who will reside in that home.
  • The program participant must own the equipment (financed and lease-to-own systems are eligible).
  • First Nations Band-owned homes and Co-operative Housing are eligible.
  • For electrical grid-connected homes, the participating home must have a residential utility account and the utility must allow net metering.
  • Expansions to existing systems are permitted only if they meet the minimum size requirement of 1 kW.
  • Participants receiving approval from Efficiency Nova Scotia will be given 12 months during which time the rebate will be reserved. If this timeline expires without the system being installed and all final documentation received by Efficiency Nova Scotia, the participant will need to submit a new application. Rebate levels are subject to change following expiry of this timeline.
  • Participants must be willing to participate in site visits from Efficiency Nova Scotia and/or their third-party representatives for quality assurance and evaluation purposes.
  • Where system performance data is collected, participants agree to share with Efficiency Nova Scotia and/or their third-party representatives.
  • Rental properties, multi-unit residential, non-profit (non-residential use), commercial, institutional or industrial buildings are not eligible for the SolarHomes rebate. Other incentives may or may not be available. Please visit efficiencyns.ca for details.
  • This rebate is designed to be a stand-alone rebate and not combined with other forms of direct government incentives. It is the responsibility of the participant to ensure they are not combining (i.e. stacking) multiple financial government incentives.

Solar Photovoltaic System Eligibility:

  • Solar panels and inverters must be new and include a permanently affixed nameplate that states the manufacturer and model number.
  • The solar installation is meant to be either a new system or increase the capacity of, but not replace, currently operational solar equipment.
  • The minimum system size needed to qualify for a rebate is 1 kW.
  • While there is no set maximum system size, the maximum rebate will be the lesser of $6,000 or 25% of total eligible system costs. Eligible system costs include:
    – Expenses (excluding HST) for the purchase of the solar PV equipment for the project (i.e. solar PV modules, racking, inverters, transformer (if any), cabling, conduit, fittings, disconnects and monitoring interface and where applicable, batteries, charge controller);
    – Expenses (excluding HST) for the installation of the project;
  • Solar PV systems can be net-metered (connected to the grid), or they can also be independent of, and not connected to the grid (also known as off-grid).
  • If the system is net-metered, there must be compliance with net metering procedures, including completion of the Interconnection Request and Equipment Information Form.
  • All Equipment must meet applicable provincial, federal and municipal licenses, permits and approvals. Approved Solar Installers will work with participants to ensure these requirements are met, including adherence to the equipment criteria outlined below.
  • All solar PV equipment installed, including array and ancillary equipment, and all installation work must be in compliance with the Canadian Electrical Code (CEC) and have a CSA or other internationally recognized standards agency symbol. This includes compliance with CEC CSA 22.2 No. 107.1 and be inspected prior to being energized.
  • Applicable Solar PV system equipment standards for Nova Scotia include:
    • CSA – C61215 (revised 2013) – Crystalline Silicon Terrestrial PV Modules;
    • CSA – C61646.10 – Thin Film PV Modules;
    • CSA – C62817.15 – Design Qualifications for Solar Trackers (only applicable for ground mounted systems using solar tracking systems);
    • CSA – C61730 – PV Module Safety Qualifications;
    • UL1741 Standard for Inverters, Converters, Controllers and Interconnection System Equipment for Use with Distributed Energy Resources;
    • UL 2703 Standard for Mounting Systems, Mounting Devices, Clamping/Retention Devices, and Ground Lugs for Use with Flat Plate PV Modules and Panels;
    • IEC 62109 – Central Inverter Safety Qualifications; and
    • UL 1703 – PV System Safety Qualifications. (UL 1703 and IEC 61730 are being merged to create one recognized international standard for PV system safety for all future equipment).
    • Note: UL certification indicates compliance with the National Electrical Code in the United States. Any supplier displaying only a UL symbol should be asked to prove compliance with CEC.
  • Ancillary equipment for a solar PV system includes the following: AC and DC cabling, combiner boxes, switches, meters, panels, and transformers required to allow the array to feed AC power to the customer’s building or to the grid. Installations must follow CSA SPE-900-13 Solar PV rooftop installation best practices guideline (2013).
  • Grid connected installations must comply with CEC section 64 as well as Nova Scotia Power interconnection guide, corresponding with section 84 of CEC.
  • Off-grid connected systems should follow all generally accepted industry best practices including CSA SPE–900-13, as well as be in compliance with the CEC Section 64 for renewable energy systems.
  • Modules must carry a minimum warranty of 20-year power performance and 10-year manufacturing.
    Grid connected inverter(s) and/or micro-inverter(s) must carry a minimum 10-year manufacturing warranty. For off-grid systems, inverter(s) must carry a minimum 2-year manufacturing warranty.

Solar Photovoltaic System Installation Requirements:

  • Systems must be designed and installed by an Efficiency Nova Scotia Approved Solar Installer. Residents are not permitted to install the system themselves.
  • Equipment must be installed on a rooftop or ground-mounted. Systems installed on portable or temporary structures are not eligible. This would include, for example, recreational vehicles and trailers.
  • Equipment must be either installed or connected on or after June 25, 2018 to be eligible for a rebate. The date on the signed final electrical inspection will be used to verify the equipment installation date and the date that the bi-directional meter was installed will be used to verify the connected date.

Participant terms and conditions:

  • I am the owner of the home indicated above and I reside in this home.
  • I have read and agree to all program eligibility criteria.
  • The above information is true to the best of my knowledge. Any willful misstatement may
    be cause for the rejection of my application and cancellation of the rebate.
  • Efficiency Nova Scotia and its agents or auditors may contact me for the purposes of program
    administration, implementation and evaluation and/or provide me with further information on
    this or other conservation-related programs.
  • My current electrical utility is hereby authorized to release to Efficiency Nova Scotia my billing account
    information, including such details as the name of the account and the number of kilowatt hours of electrical
    consumption pertaining to the residence of the above noted homeowner.
  • I permit Efficiency Nova Scotia and my solar installer to discuss and share details of my solar installation.
  • I understand that Efficiency Nova Scotia does not endorse the services of any contractor or any specific
    product and accepts no liability in the selection of materials, products, contractors or performance of
    work.
  • If I am an HRM Solar City participant, I permit HRM to submit this application on my behalf and allow
    Efficiency Nova Scotia and HRM to discuss and share details of my solar installation.
  • If I am applying for net-metering, I allow Efficiency Nova Scotia and my electrical utility to exchange
    information about my net-metering application.
  • Where collected and available, I agree to share my solar production data with Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC) for the purpose of including it into their Community Solar Database. Efficiency Nova Scotia may provide my contact information (including name, phone number, and email address), and solar system information (such as type of modules, inverters, roof slope and orientation, estimated energy production, and other system-related information as required) to NSCC, who may communicate with me or my solar installer to facilitate including my solar production data into their Community Solar Database.
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