Solar Panel Power Canada

(click on your province below to access your complete solar power guide)

Solar Power Ranked By Province:

Solar Power Canada

#4 Northwest Territories

#6 Alberta (tied)

#6 Yukon Territory (tied)

#12 Nunavut

Want to know how we rank our provinces? Click here to find out.

Incentives: Rebates & Tax Credits

Solar Power Rebates and Tax Credits Canada

Rebates and tax credits are currently one of the most important factors when it comes to installing solar power as both offer a large incentive that reduces the initial cost of the system, greatly decreasing the payback period. See our solar incentives page for more details.

Incentives: Performance Programs

Net Metering Canada

Another common incentive offered by most utilities is a performance payment program. This is often referred to as ‘Net Metering’ or ‘Net Billing’ and allows you to earn credit for any energy that you produce.

Programs differ by province depending on the rate that the electrical providers credit the energy, whether or not you get credit for excess power production (as opposed to just off-setting your bill), and the frequency and timeliness of your ‘anniversary date’. See our solar incentives page for more details.

Solar Energy Potential By Province

Solar Energy Production CanadaA province’s solar potential is defined by how much energy an average solar system can produce during the course of a year. Energy production varies by region because of changes in weather, daylight, and temperature patterns. Check out our solar maps page for a detailed breakdown of solar energy potential by province.

Renewable & Solar Energy Goals By Province

Renewable Energy Goals CanadaRenewable energy goals are an important part of our provincial ranking system because they indicate the willingness of local governments to incentivize, support, and promote the adoption of solar power projects. This chart depicts each province’s renewable energy goals. Solar power goals are also mentioned within provincial guides.

Utility Policies & Rates By Province

Electricity Prices CanadaUtilities have a major role in enabling the feasibility of solar power. For example, the higher the variable electricity costs the more a customer can save, while the higher the fixed costs, the less a customer can save (because these costs don’t go away)! But these aren’t the only factors that matter, some utilities charge ‘interconnection study’ and ‘net meter’ fees, while others (like BC) don’t. This explains why BC ranks high despite low variable electricity rates.

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Brian Johnston

Wow! Really loving all the work you have put into this site. Pretty much everything anyone who is exploring solar needs to know to get started. Are you accepting donations?

After “Follow the movement”, “Like the movement” and “Join the movement” comes “Be the movement”.

Nice job, the industry has been in need of a site like this. Will be following the progress and updates. 🙂

Lillian Snow

YAY!!!! British Columbia made the cut as number one solar power province in Canada. Electricity rates are really going high and solar energy is almost taking over. It’s like the best solution around to tap into because they have some really great incentives which make users happy and loyal. These are things we really need around and would recommend.


Hmmmm. This list must have taken a lot of research to put up. I can agree with several of rankings because I know a little bit about the industry. I’m impressed with BC and some others. It’s really awesome and that all this information is here.

Juliet Bob

It’s interesting to see what metrics you used to make these rankings. What about adding in cost of installation?


For saskatchewan province solar power, every residential, rural, and business that installs a solar system under saskPower’s net metering program is actually eligible for a 20% cash rebate which has people currently scrambling for it. This is a great initiative and it sure is enough to make you go for it because it’s like the best option around.

Alice Brely

Very interesting website!


Alberta is the sixth? Well, I think it should be the first or second because it allows its users to get money for their energy. Users actually get paid for the excess energy they produce! I mean, what could be better than that?! British Columbia, Manitoba, and Saskatchewan are not really as good as Alberta.