Solar incentives for Alberta residents have been steadily increasing over the past few years. Recently Alberta unveiled an ambitious goal of 10,000 new rooftop solar installations by 2020, and Energy Efficiency Alberta (EEA) has rolled out a new Residential and Commercial Solar Program on June 21st, 2017.
Currently, thermal sources account for the majority of Alberta’s installed generating capacity: coal-fired plants make up about 38 per cent, and natural gas 44 per cent. At the same time solar energy, biomass, hydro and wind account for only 1%, 3%, 6%, and 9% respectively. The Alberta government is planning to change that and has recently announced that it will be investing $36 million over a two year period in a rebate program designed to encourage rooftop solar panels on homes and businesses. The program is expected to create more than 900 jobs in the renewable sector over the next few years and will reduce solar installation costs by up to 30% for homes and 25% for businesses. As per Climate Leadership Plan, coal-fired electricity generation will be phased out completely by 2030.