Grant Name: Solar City Program

Status:

Active

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Deadline:

Ongoing

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Description

The Solar City program offers property owners in the municipality access to innovative solar energy options, which can be financed through a solar collector account with the Halifax Regional Municipality. After the completion of the pilot program, Halifax Regional Council approved the continuation of the program which aims to:

  • offer an innovative financing option to avoid the large, upfront cost of solar energy installations
  • offer the option to install three unique solar energy systems
  • provide support and guidance to ensure the selected technology is best suited for their energy consumption needs
  • meet the municipal Community Energy Plan objectives
  • meet the municipal Economic Strategy objectives
  • meet the municipal Regional Plan objectives by supporting healthy, sustainable and vibrant communities

Eligibility

Who can access the solar city program?

  • residential property owners
  • non-profit organizations
  • places of worship
  • co-operatives
  • charities

How to Apply?

Step 1: Register for the Solar City Halifax program

  • Property owner registers online for the Solar City program
  • Solar city office confirms property owner eligibility

Step 2: Select a solar contractor and request a solar energy assessment

  • Property owner sources solar contractors to obtain a solar energy system proposal that best meets their energy consumption habits and obtain quotes
  • To help select a contractor, please refer to our Tips for Choosing a Solar Contractor and the Nova Scotia Go Solar Guide. A list of Atlantic Canadian solar companies registered with Solar Nova Scotia is available.
  • If you intend on installing a solar electric system and obtaining the SolarHomes rebate, you are required to select an approved contractor from the Efficiency Trade Network.
  • It is recommended that you obtain quotes from at least three solar contractors and evaluate each based on quality, experience and price as this is significant, long-term investment. The municipality is not responsible for selecting a contractor on behalf of Property Owners. It is solely the responsibility of the Property Owner to follow best practices while selecting a reputable contractor to complete the work.
  • When satisfied a with solar contractor and their proposal, property owner emails the Solar City office with selection

Step 3: Solar contractor review and execute property owner agreement

  • Solar City office completes a detailed third party review of the chosen solar contractor and system proposal
  • Solar City office approves the financing for the proposed project and forwards the property owner a Solar City Participant Agreement for review and signature

Step 4: Solar Contractor completes installation

  • Solar contractor completes solar energy system installation

Step 5: Project Completion Report and Close Out

  • Solar contractor submits the signed Certification of Completion to the Solar City office along with proof of passed final inspections and monitoring access information (if applicable)
  • Solar City office reviews and approves Certification of Completion

Step 6: Payment

  • Solar city office reimburses solar contractors for work completed
  • Property owner receives a Local Improvement Charge (LIC) invoice and schedule of payments from the municipality

Funding Amount

Determined based on individual applications

Contact Information

Solar City Program Office
Email: solarcity@halifax.ca
Phone: 902.490.6821

Processing Fee

N/A

Location/Classification

Nova Scotia
Energy

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