The Alberta Micro Generation Regulation allows you to connect your solar array to the grid and receive credit for the electricity you export to the grid. The compensation for your exported electricity is equal to the rate that you pay for electricity from the grid. So if you are paying 5 cents/kWh for the energy you consume, you will receive 5 cents/KWH for the electricity you send back to the grid.
Energy Efficiency Alberta Residential and Commercial Solar Program
These programs have been fully subscribed and are currently under review by the Government of Alberta. Check back for updates later this year. Solar – Energy Efficiency Alberta
ALBERTA MUNICIPAL SOLAR PROGRAM
The Alberta Municipal Solar Program (AMSP) provides financial rebates to Alberta municipalities who install solar photovoltaic (PV) systems on municipally owned buildings or on municipal land. AMSP rebates are as follows, up to 10KW $0.90/watt, 10KW to 150KW $0.75/watt, 150KW to 2 megawatts $0.60/watt, 2 to 5 megawatts $0.55/watt. Rebates cannot exceed 30% of eligible expenses.
ON-FARM SOLAR PHOTOVOLTAICS PROGRAM
The On-Farm Solar Photovoltaics Program provides funding towards solar photovoltaics on Alberta farms. This enables producers to conserve non-renewable fossil fuels and reduce carbon emissions, ultimately reducing the environmental footprint of Alberta’s agriculture industry. Your project could receive up to a maximum of 35% of the project cost. Producers in Alberta with a minimum of $10,000 from commodity or livestock production income can apply. This program is for grid tie systems only.
Solar production is considerably lower in the winter months, than the summer months in Alberta, but this is due to the reduction in hours of sunlight and not due to temperatures or snow.
The Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT) has specific information to address questions regarding the impact of array tilt angles and snow accumulation on overall system production.
When you have solar panels on your roof, you can choose to run your highest demand appliances and electronics during sunlight hours when you are producing power. This allows you to use the energy your array is producing, thus, purchasing less from the grid and lowering your power bill. As a micro-generator, any excess power you produce through your solar array is sold back to the grid. Your usage and production are monitored by your local wire service provider (WSP) via a bi-directional meter.