Residential Solar Program – Terms and Conditions

CHANGE HOMES FOR CLIMATE – SOLAR PROGRAM

Terms and Conditions

The City of Edmonton reserves the right to change these Terms and Conditions at any time without prior notice, in its sole discretion.

1.0 Program Overview

The Change Homes for Climate Solar Program provides financial incentives to Edmonton homeowners who install solar photovoltaic (PV) systems on their homes in the City of Edmonton.

2.0 Eligibility

2.1 Eligible Participants

The following people are eligible to participate in the Change Homes for Climate – Solar Program (“CHCSP”):

a. Anyone proposing to install and own a solar PV system on a Residential Property in the City of Edmonton. 

Residential Property” means a residential property located within the municipal boundaries of the City of Edmonton that has one of the following residential uses under the City’s zoning bylaw #12800:

(i) Apartment Housing;

(ii) Duplex Housing;

(iii) Row Housing;

(iv) Semi-detached Housing;

(v) Single Detached Housing;

(vi) Stacked Row Housing;

2.2 Eligible Projects

To qualify for funding under the CHCSP, all projects must comply with the following criteria:

a. The system must be grid connected and compliant with the Government of Alberta’s Micro-generation Regulation (AR27/2008), as amended from time to time;

b. The system must be designed and installed by a qualified installer (not self installed) and all system components must meet the Canadian Standards Association (CSA) requirements for electrical safety or an equivalent certification to applicable Canadian standards.

A qualified installer is defined as: 

A business listed on the online listing of either the:

i. Solar Energy Society of Alberta Solar Providers Directory and/or the

ii. Canadian Solar Industries Association Alberta Qualified Providers directory

Use the Solar Energy Society of Alberta’s Solar Providers Directory or the Canadian Solar Industries Association’s (CanSIA) Alberta Qualified Providers Directory to find a qualified provider in your area.

c. The system must be a new installation that has an interconnection approval from the wire service provider signed within one year of CHCSP application submission. Additionally, all components must be new and not previously used in an energized solar array;

d. Residential Properties that previously received an incentive for a solar PV system under this program or another provincial solar incentive program are ineligible, including but not limited to the Energy Efficiency Alberta Residential and Commercial Solar Program.

e. The following equipment must carry these minimum warranty levels:

Modules: 20-year power performance and 10-year manufacturing

Inverter(s) and/or micro-inverter(s): 10-year manufacturing

f. The system must be designed to produce a solar yield that is at least 70% of a system with optimal azimuth and tilt at that location. The solar yield is automatically calculated in the Part 1 application screen.

2.3 Ineligible Projects

The following project types are ineligible for the CHCSP:

a. Projects located on temporary structures;

b. Off-grid solar PV systems;

c. Self-installed (not installed by a qualified installer) solar PV projects;

d. All solar thermal projects;

3.0 CHCSP Application Deadlines

Applications must be completed and received within one year of the interconnection approval by the applicable wire service provider. 

Projects on existing residential homes must be energized and interconnected within 6 months of the Part I approval date.

4.0 Financial Incentive

4.1 Incentive Rates

The City of Edmonton agrees to pay a rate of $0.40 per watt based on the total installed system capacity up to a maximum amount of 40% of the eligible system costs or $4,000 per application, whichever is lesser.

Please note that systems sized in this document refer to cumulative project size (sum of DC watt capacity of all modules under Standard Test Conditions). PV module capacity is determined from the Canadian Standards Association (CSA), UL, or equivalent Canadian certification approval labels.

There is a limit of 5 applications per year for each participant whose business is the for-profit construction of residential homes.

A limited number of incentives are available each calendar year.

4.2 Eligible Expenses

Eligible expenses incurred by the participant will be used to calculate the incentive value as described in Section 4.1 and must be outlined by the applicant in the CHCSP Application. To be included in the incentive calculation, eligible expenses must be incurred by the applicant prior to project Part II approval.

The following expenses are eligible for inclusion in the calculation of the maximum payable incentive:

a. expenses 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);

b. expenses for the design, development, energy modelling, engineering (structural, electrical, civil, geotechnical), specification, procurement, and construction of the project;

c. expenses for obtaining the required electrical permit and grid-connected approvals, and any required building and development permits;

d. expenses for completing the required electrical inspection and building inspection for the project; and

e. Expenses borne by the applicant for transmission and distribution system upgrades necessary to obtain interconnection approval.

4.3 Ineligible Expenses

The following expenses are not eligible for inclusion in the calculation of the maximum payable incentive:

a. Goods and Services Tax (GST);

b. expenses for the operation and maintenance of a project;

c. lease payment expenses incurred after the project is energized;

d. batteries or battery storage units connected to the solar PV system;

e. expenses incurred by the applicant to complete the CHCSP Application;

f. expenses incurred by the applicant to prepare documents, process invoices,or other administrative and internal costs; and

g. any other expense deemed by the City of Edmonton to be ineligible.

4.4 Incentive Disbursement

The approval and allocation of qualified funds will occur on a first-come, first-served basis based on Application Part I approval dates. Applicants will be placed into the first-come, first served queue in the order in which they submit a completed CHCSP Application to the satisfaction and approval of the program administrator.

All systems must be completed as per Section 3.0. Any systems that do not complete their system and their Part II application within these time frames are subject to removal from the payment queue and must contact the program administrator if they still wish to participate in the program. When available funding is fully committed, applicants will be automatically placed on a waiting list in their order of Part I approval and any additional funds that become available will be distributed to systems on the waiting list queue.

The CHCSP incentive will be paid to the applicant by direct deposit to their chosen bank account after the applicant has completed Part II of their application and provided all supporting documentation that the program administrator requires to verify that the project is complete. The application process is described in Section 5.0.

If you choose to partake in the CHCSP, you may send us an email or use our contact form to ask questions of the program administrators. 

To apply for the program you must use the application portal. As part of the application process you will be providing us with personal information including your name, email address, mailing address, phone number and direct deposit banking information.

The banking information that is collected consists of the financial institution (bank) number, bank branch (transit) number, and the account number, and is the same data that appears on the front of a cheque.

Your personal information  is collected in accordance with 33(c) of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy (FOIP) Act. Your name, email address, mailing address, phone number and direct deposit banking information will be used to administer the Change Homes for Climate Solar Program and associated rebates. If you have any questions about the collection and use of your personal information, contact the Senior Project Manager at changeforclimate@edmonton.ca, 780-944-7520, Energy Transition Unit, 9th Floor, City of Edmonton Tower, 10111 104 Ave NW, Edmonton, AB T5J 0J4.

5.0 How to Participate

All applications for the program will be completed through the program’s online application system at changeforclimate.ca/solar. The application can be completed by either the applicant or the applicant’s installer, contractor, designer, or designated representative. The applicant may opt to assign the payment of the incentive directly to the contractor upon project completion with an Assignment of Incentives Form signed by the applicant.

The application is a two-part process. Upon completion of Part I, a conditional approval will be issued by email. This will guarantee distribution of funds if the project is completed per the conditions of Part I approval within the allotted time frame. Once the project has been completed and interconnection approval received, the applicant can complete Part II of the application, which will trigger payment of the incentive.

Both Part I and Part II approvals can be expected within one week of submission unless additional information is required. Payment by direct deposit can be expected to arrive in the customer’s bank account within 5 to 10 business days of Part II approval.

Applicants who require additional assistance with the application process can contact the program administrators at solar@edmonton.ca & (587) 287-1903.

5.1 Step 1: Complete a Part I Application

The applicant (For example: installer/contractor/designer/designated representative/solar pv system owner) (herein the “Applicant”) must create an account at http://www.solarab.ca/. An installer or contractor may also create a single account to submit multiple applications on behalf of each of their customers. Once an account has been created, the following information is required to complete the Part I application:

Solar PV System Owner Information:

  • Name
  • System host 
  • Location
  • Site ID
  • Wire Services Provider (WSP)
  • Average annual electricity consumption in kilowatt hours (Kwh)

Project Details:

  • Total project costs
  • Solar installation company name and business number
  • Estimated or actual milestone dates: application, permitting, interconnection, online, inspection (if applicable)
  • Financing information (if applicable)

System Details and Performance:

  • Solar module nameplate capacity (DC rating)
  • Solar inverter nameplate capacity (AC rated output)
  • Array azimuth
  • Array tilt
  • Type of array mounting used
  • PV module manufacturer
  • PV module model number
  • PV module quantity
  • PV module warranty length
  • Inverter manufacturer
  • Inverter model number
  • Inverter quantity
  • Inverter warranty length
  • Solar yield (calculated)

The Part I application will be reviewed once submitted and the program administrator will contact the Applicant by email if any additional information is required. Applicants will be able to check the status of their Part I approval on their dashboard at http://www.solarab.ca/. Any additional required information should be emailed to the program administrator at solar@edmonton.ca.

The Applicant will be notified by email when their Part I application is approved, at which time their funding will be reserved subject to project completion as submitted and approved and within the allowable time frame.

5.2 Step 2: Complete the Part II Application 

Once a project has been completed, the Applicant must return to the application portal at efficiencyalberta.ca/solar. The following information must be submitted:

  • Copy of the signed interconnection approval (also known as an Inter-operating Agreement or Interconnection Agreement) from your wire service provider.
  • Copy of the signed Incentive Confirmation and Claim Form completed by the customer and installer (generated within the application system)
  • Final itemized invoice for the project to account for all program-eligible costs submitted in Part 1 of the application. The invoice must break out at a minimum;
  • Equipment costs
  • Permitting costs
  • Labour costs
  • GST
  • Photo that clearly shows all modules;
  • Photo of the inverter(s) or micro-inverter nameplate that clearly shows the Canadian Standards Association (CSA), UL, or equivalent Canadian certification approval; labels;
  • Photo of the module label that clearly shows the Canadian Standards Association (CSA), UL, or equivalent Canadian certification approval labels;
  • Photo of the inverter display or if micro-inverters were used, include a photo of microinverter communications unit screen that clearly show the total system production to date (kWh).
  • Applicant’s bank information for direct deposit of incentives payment.
  • Signed Data Sharing Agreement acknowledging the City of Edmonton’s request to publicly display the location of the applicants solar pv system, and PV system capacity on a map located at changehomesforclimate.ca/solar (accepted on application). 

5.3 Step 3: Direct Deposit of Funds

The program administrator will review the Part II application once submitted and disburse funds via direct deposit when all required information has been provided. The Applicant can expect the funds to be deposited into their account within 5 to 10 business days upon completion of Part II application and receipt of approval.

6.0 Reporting Requirements

The Applicant shall fully cooperate with the City of Edmonton in reporting progress on the project.

7.0 Evaluation, Measurement and Verification

7.1 Verification

Any Applicant receiving an incentive payment may be contacted by a third-party evaluator retained on behalf of the City of Edmonton to verify project installation or be asked to complete a written, oral or electronic participant survey. The Applicant must submit documentation to establish, to the satisfaction of the CHCSP administrator, that the Applicant incurred and paid all eligible expenses reported. All items on an invoice submitted by the Applicant must be listed separately, and the cost for each Eligible Expense must be clearly identified.

The Applicant must also provide any other documentation requested by the program administrator. If the Applicant fails to provide information within a reasonable time on reasonable notice, as determined by the City of Edmonton, for the audit and evaluation of the project, the Applicant may be required to refund any payments received under the Program, as well as forfeit any future payments under the Program.

7.2 Inspection

If an Application is approved, for three years following Part II approval, the City of Edmonton or its designees are entitled, at a reasonable time and upon reasonable notice to the Applicant, to attend the residence or business operation of the Applicant for the purpose of examining items pertinent to the Project in order to assess whether the Applicant is in compliance with these program conditions, and to conduct other measurement and verification activities if necessary.

8.0 Liability

8.1 Breach of Terms

Any Applicant who fails to satisfy any of the CHCSP Terms and Conditions or provides false, misleading or incomplete information, may be required to pay back to the City of Edmonton all or a portion of the funds that were disbursed by the City of Edmonton. Any amounts unpaid, after written demand by the City of Edmonton, will be a valid debt due and owing by the Applicant to the City of Edmonton. 

8.2 Right of Set-Off

The City of Edmonton may review its records with respect to business licensing, taxation, assessment and other claims prior to making any payment to the Applicant. The City may set off any claims or overdue accounts relating to the Applicant against any amounts otherwise payable to the Applicant pursuant to the Program. 

8.4 Environmental Attributes or Products

The Applicant agrees to convey ownership to City of Edmonton, or its successors, all environmental attributes and environmental products that are created or otherwise arises from this project in any jurisdiction, including but not limited to renewable energy certificates, solar renewable energy certificates, or carbon offset credits.

The City of Edmonton retains the right to adjust program guidelines in accordance with amendments to the Government of Alberta’s legislation, policies, or protocols surrounding greenhouse gas emissions, carbon accounting or the carbon offset system. The Applicant warrants that said attributes have not been claimed, sold or otherwise transferred to another party.

8.5 Limitation of Liability

The City of Edmonton’s sole liability is limited to paying the properly qualified incentives specified herein. The Applicant acknowledges that any Service Provider, solar installation contractor, or other solar provider selected by the Applicant is not an agent, contractor or subcontractor of the City. The City of Edmonton shall have no obligation to maintain, remove or perform any work whatsoever on the solar PV system or equipment installed. Neither the City of Edmonton nor any of their affiliates shall be liable to the Applicant or to any other party for a Service Provider’s and/or installation contractor’s failure to perform, for failure of the solar PV equipment to function, for any damage to the Applicant’s premises caused by the Service Provider and/or installation contractor, or for any and all damages to property or injuries to persons caused by or arising from any activities associated with this program.

Contact Us

Questions about the Change Homes for Climate Solar Program may be directed to 

Telephone: 1 (587) 287-1903

E-mail: solar@edmonton.ca