Complete Guide: Solar Power Saskatchewan 2017
Congratulations! You’ve found the ultimate guide for going solar in Saskatchewan!
This page is a summary of the complicated jargon that you can find reading elsewhere. It’s just the information you need so that you can save time, money, and the environment by switching to solar sooner.
About Solar Power In Saskatchewan
Solar Potential: 10/10
Saskatchewan is one of the two provinces in the country having the highest potential for solar energy, the other being Alberta.
According to a data collected in 2007 by National Resources Canada, the average solar system (5 kW) in Regina can produce approximately 6,805 kWh of electricity per year!
- This number increases to 7,500 kWh as we move south to Estevan, and decreases to 6,500 kWh as we move North to Prince Albert.
Here is what a 5 kW solar array looks like in residential Saskatoon:
(Photo used with love from our preferred Saskatchewan Solar Panel Installer)
Solar Popularity: 8/10
People in Saskatchewan are smart – and the trend towards switching from dirty fossil fuels to clean, sustainable solar energy is on the rise.
To date, about 400 residential homes, rural farm yards, and businesses across the province use solar power to generate their electricity.
Here is a short video of Dave from Lumsden and Robin from GTH talking about their new solar arrays:
(Video used with love from SaskPower, Youtube)
Saskatchewan Solar Power Incentives
Net Metering (9.5/10)
The biggest way so save money on your solar system in Saskatchewan is to take advantage of SaskPower’s Net Metering Program.
Up to 100 kW in size and including materials & installation, SaskPower will rebate you 20% of the total costs of your solar system up to $20,000!
In addition, you are able to credit any unused electricity to your account for the same commercial rate that you buy it for.
Here’s how SaskPower explains it:
As part of our Net Metering Program, we’re offering a one-time rebate, equivalent to 20 per cent of eligible costs to a maximum payment of $20,000, for an approved and grid interconnected net metering project. Electricity sent to the grid is banked and applied to your current month’s electricity consumption. Any excess electricity is carried over to the following month and applied against that month’s consumption. A credit appears on your monthly bill showing the net amount of electricity that has been banked. Your excess power should be used within the year; if not, at the end of 12 months on your net metering anniversary date, any credits you may have for excess electricity sent to the grid will reset to zero.
So when is your net metering anniversary date? For all Solar Photovoltaic (PV) systems, SaskPower will set your anniversary date to March or April – allowing you to maximize your credits built up over the summer season. Lucky you!
- Keep in mind that the Net Metering Rebate is only available to SaskPower, Saskatoon Light & Power and City of Swift Current electricity customers until November 30, 2018.
Power Purchase Agreement (8/10)
Other than Net Metering, SaskPower’s Small Power Producers Program is the only other way to save (and likely make) make money by switching to solar.
This is an option for individual customers or corporations to sell large amounts of energy back to grid.
In 2017, SaskPower is buying energy for 10.81¢/kWh, raising 2% each year afterwards.
The catch is that there is no 20% rebate, but the benefit is that SaskPower will pay you cash for your electricity, not just credits.
To summarize, here are the major differences between the two programs:
Net Metering vs. Small Power Producers Program
• 20% Rebate up to $20,000
• Receive Energy Credits at Commercial Rate
• Up to 100 kW in Size
• No 20% Rebate
• Receive Cash at Contract Rate
• Up to 100 kW in Size
Here is the last thing you need to know about the SaskPower Small Power Producers Program:
The Small Power Producers Program accommodates individual customers and corporate entities who wish to generate up to 100 kilowatts (kW) of electricity for the purpose of offsetting power that would otherwise be purchased from SaskPower or for selling all of the power generated to SaskPower. The total nameplate kilowatt(dc) capacity of all generators under the applicant’s name must not exceed 100 kW(dc).
In other words, when you sign up for the SPPP you have to make one of two choices:
- Sell all of the power you produce back to SaskPower, or
- Sell just the excess power of what you don’t use.
Once you choose one of the two options, you are not allowed to change in the future.
Solar Power Saskatchewan: Summary
Because of Saskatchewan’s solar potential, SaskPower rebate, and experienced solar installers – we rank Saskatchewan as being the #1 Province in the Country for switching to solar power.
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Written by Rylan Urban, Founder of Solar Panel Power Canada