From wanting greater control over their electricity to doing something positive for the environment, more Albertans are looking at solar as an alternative source of their energy.
We've helped connect people in one of Canada's sunniest provinces to the power of the sun for years.
If you’re interested in solar for your home, take a few moments to answer a few questions. We’ll connect you with a solar professional to help answer your questions.
General, micro generation credit or billing questions: Phone:
1-877-571-7111 (Outside Alberta)
Support for current ENMAX solar lease customers:email@example.com
For information about connecting to the grid:Visit our Distributed Generation page
If you’re considering solar there are a number of grants and incentives available to help:
*Updated December 2021
Offers up to $5000 rebate ($1000/kW capacity installed up to 5 kW).
Offers $400 per kW installed for existing homes or up to $300 per kW installed for new builds. Total grant per home is up to 40 per cent of expenses or up to a maximum of $4000, whichever is lesser.
Offers $750 per kW installed up to 20kW.
Alberta’s Clean Energy Improvement Program (CEIP) is a municipality-led program, administered by the Alberta Municipal Services Corporation (AMSC). It’s designed to help support energy efficiency improvements.
The City of Calgary announced its intention to offer CEIP support for projects including solar installs starting in late 2022.
For information on CEIP and locations it’s offered in Alberta
visit their website.
How can solar help the environment?
By using a renewable source of electricity like solar for even a portion of what you consume you’re decreasing the amount of power that needs to come from non-renewable sources of generation.
If you’re ready to take the first step towards switching your home to solar, respond to our
What does it cost to install a solar system on my home?
If your goal is to install enough panels to match your annual energy consumption, the cost for a home that typically consumes between 600 kWh to 800 kWh of electricity per month has an average cost range of $12,000 - $20,000. This includes the cost of the equipment, installation, permitting and commission. The condition of your roof, any required electrical upgrades, or other project-specific considerations may affect the cost.
Applying for solar grants can help offset these costs.
Of course, you could install a smaller system or partially offset your consumption. This may be a better fit for your budget; and, as time passes, you can always add to your system.
Respond to our
solar questionnaire and we’ll connect you with a solar installer in your area for a quote and answers to your questions.
Will I save money on my monthly bills?
Using a solar system to generate electricity can help you save the money you would typically pay for the electricity you consume. Depending on the size of your system, you could offset all or a portion of your monthly electricity usage. Because your system is still connected to the grid, you’ll need to pay for other charges such as Transmission and Distribution, applicable taxes and similar fees.
If you create more electricity than you consume, then that surplus will be sold to the grid at the same rate as you pay for incoming electricity to create a credit.
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Are special permits required to install a solar system?
Different communities may have guidelines or specific permits related to solar installations. Once you’ve connected with a solar installer in your area, they’ll be able to answer your questions and handle all permitting required for your installation.
Respond to our
solar questionnaire and we’ll connect you with an experienced solar installer.
Is there a warranty?
Installers will offer a warranty on labour and installation. Manufacturer warranties are included with the panels and other equipment.
Do I need to connect my system to the grid?
Generally solar systems in Alberta remain connected to the grid through a bi-directional meter. This way you can send any excess energy produced to the grid, while also ensuring you have electricity during the night, or when sunlight is limited.
Will I be paid for any extra electricity my solar system generates?
Yes, if your system generates more electricity than you need, the extra will be sent to the grid and your account will be credited at your current electricity rate.
Customers are free to purchase natural gas services or electricity services from a retailer of their choice. For a list of retailers, visit ucahelps.alberta.ca or call 310-4822 (toll free in Alberta).