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GreenON Solar Rebates

Sign up now for updates on GreenON’s Solar Rebates Program for Ontario homeowners and businesses.

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The Green Ontario Fund will offer rebates for Solar PV and Energy Storage systems to help Ontario homeowners use renewable electricity and reduce their greenhouse gas emissions.

Ontario businesses can also reduce their greenhouse gas emissions through rebates offered for Solar PV, and additionally, rebates offered for Solar Thermal Air projects, which are intended to reduce natural gas consumption.

The GreenON Solar Rebates Program is expected to launch Summer 2018 and will be delivered in connection with Ontario’s local hydro companies. Provide your contact information below to learn more about the program as details become available.

Who Can Participate

The following are eligible to participate in the Solar Rebates Program:

  • All Ontario homeowners who live in an existing detached home, townhouse or semi-detached home are able to take part. The rebate is also available to homeowners of new custom built homes.
  • All businesses with facilities in Ontario.

What You Can Get

Get rebates after you install eligible Solar PV, Energy Storage, or Solar Thermal Air systems for your home and business:

Home

The program provides the following incentives*:

  • $1.00 per watt for residential Solar Photovoltaic (PV) system
  • $370 per kilowatt hour for residential Storage system
  • $1.50 per watt for residential Solar PV + Storage system
  • $3.00 per watt for residential standalone off-grid Solar PV + Storage system

Business

The program provides the following incentives*:

  • $0.75 per watt for commercial Solar Photovoltaic (PV) system
  • approximately $26.00** per square foot for Solar Thermal Air installations

*approval of all Solar PV and storage rebates are subject to your local hydro company’s approval and other required inspections. A residential Solar PV project cannot exceed 10 kW (AC). A commercial Solar PV project cannot exceed 500 kW (AC). Other terms and conditions apply.

**estimated incentive only. Final incentive amount will vary based on collector performance, determined by the Testing Adjustment and Balance report. Total incentive value will not exceed 70% of the total installed system cost.


How to Get Started

GreenON Rebates makes upgrading your home easy.

  1. Provide your contact information below to receive more information about the program when it becomes available. By providing your contact details, the Green Ontario Fund can let you know when there are qualified installers registered and available in your area.
  2. Once the program begins to accept applications:
    1. Work with a participating contractor to find the right system for your home.
    2. Submit your rebate application for approval before the installation occurs.
    3. Once your local hydro company provides approval, you and your contractor will receive a notice to proceed with installation, including the estimated rebate amount.
    4. Following the installation and completion of an inspection by the Electrical Safety Authority (ESA), your local hydro company will connect your project (if applicable). Your application will then be completed and your rebate issued.

Other terms and conditions may apply.

Provide your contact information below to learn more.


Contact Information

Home Owner/Property Owner Disclaimer

Please note, the GreenON Solar Rebates Program is expected to be launched in Summer 2018. By providing your contact information, you are consenting to being contacted by the Green Ontario Fund for updates related to the Solar Rebates Program. As such, please do not commence any work with contractors at this time. You are signing up to receive additional information only and there is no guarantee of funding. Installations will have to meet the program’s minimum eligibility criteria, occur on or after the official program launch date, be installed by a registered Participating Contractor and receive local hydro company approval to be considered eligible to receive a rebate. Other terms and conditions may apply.

Contractor Disclaimer

Please note, the GreenON Solar Rebates Program is expected to begin registration of contractors in Summer 2018. By providing your contact information, you are consenting only to being contacted by the Green Ontario Fund for updates related to the Solar Rebates Program. As such, please do not commence any work with eligible applicants at this time. You are signing up to receive additional information only. The Green Ontario Fund provides no guarantees that a contractor who signs up to receive information will be a registered Participating Contractor in the Program. Installations performed by a contractor will have to meet the Program’s minimum eligibility criteria, occur on or after the official program launch date, be installed by a registered Participating Contractor and receive local hydro company’s approval to be considered eligible to receive a rebate. Other terms and conditions may apply. Provide your contact information below to learn more details on the Program when they become available.

Solar 101


Did you know?

  • Installing a Solar PV and/or energy system requires careful consideration of the best location for an installation, such as structural or natural features that can affect system performance (e.g. from shading), the orientation of the installation which can affect the efficiency of the system, the age of the roof which can impact your decision on when to install a system, and the integrity of your building’s roof and its ability to carry the weight of a solar system
  • If you are pursuing a net metering system, the value of the system will be directly linked to how much electricity you consume in your home/building. A net metered system saves you money on your electricity bill. It does not direct payments for your electricity generation. See below for more information regarding Net Metering in Ontario.
  • Speaking to a real estate agent and insurance provider can help you determine if installing a solar system on your home will impact your ability to sell your home or your home insurance premiums.
  • Some parts of Ontario’s electricity system are not able to accept the connection of additional capacity to the system. Contact your local hydro company for more information.

Solar Net Metering

Net metering, using solar technologies, is a great way to lower your electricity bills and manage your electricity consumption. Some form of net metering regulation is generally available in all jurisdictions across Canada and the United States.

Simply put, net metering is a mechanism for compensating homeowners for the electricity generated by a Solar PV system through two channels:

  1. The homeowner first consumes the electricity produced by the solar system at their home, therefore lowering their electricity bill; and
  2. The homeowner exports any excess electricity (if they generate more electricity than they use) to the local distribution grid. The excess electricity exported to the grid is credited towards the homeowner’s electricity bill, giving them credits to apply against future electricity consumption. These credits can be carried forward for a consecutive 12-month period in Ontario.

Installation Eligibility Requirements

Homeowners

  • Participants must own the Solar PV installation
  • Participants must be connected to the system of a local hydro company or be an off-grid system that is displacing existing diesel generation
  • Must be installed on an existing rooftop structure of your home, but must not be installed prior to the launch of the program
  • Other types such as ground mounted installations are not eligible
  • Must comply with net metering regulations and other legislated and regulated requirements
  • Maximum project size of 10 kW (AC)
  • Other terms and conditions may apply
  • Total residential installations in the program will be capped at 20 MW (AC)

Businesses

  • Must be a registered business within Ontario
  • Participants must own the commercial property where the project will be installed or, in leasing arrangements, have the approval of the landlord
  • Must be rooftop mounted only (Solar PV) and must not be installed prior to the launch of the program
  • Participants applying for a Solar PV incentive must have a Class A or Class B or GS<50 kW account with a local hydro company
  • Solar Thermal Air projects must be constructed on an existing commercial building and be connected to an existing HVAC system
  • Solar Thermal Air project sites must be occupied or in use during the day at least four days per week, during the months of September to May
  • Maximum Solar PV project size of 500 kW (AC)
  • Must comply with net metering regulations
  • Other terms and conditions may apply
  • Total business installations in the Program will be capped at 50 MW (AC)