Renewable energy is energy derived from natural processes that are replenished at a rate that is equal to or faster than the rate at which it is consumed. The Canada Greener Homes Grant Initiative offers a grant for installing a solar photovoltaic (PV) system (including panels and an inverter) that converts sunlight directly into electricity. If you want to purchase batteries for storing the solar energy from your PV system, a portion of the cost may be eligible for a grant under the climate resiliency grantsLearn more about solar panels for homes.

Modern house with solar panels and wall battery for energy storage.
Option: Grant amount
Install solar panels (photovoltaic system) with a capacity equal to or greater than 1.0 kW DC $1,000 per kW

To get started, complete your evaluation request form below:

Eligibility criteria for reimbursement:

  • All equipment must be purchased in Canada.
  • Online purchases are only eligible if they are ordered from a distributor located in Canada.
  • The system must be comprised of one or more PV panels and inverter(s) (if required) certified to CSA Standards.
  • The total system peak power capacity must be equal to or greater than 1.0 kW DC.
  • For a grid connected* system, a copy of the letter of approval or permission for interconnection issued by the local electrical or building authority is required.

Additional Information:

  • There are no national nor provincial/territorial certifications for PV system designers/installers. You may retain a contractor or design and install the system yourself. If you decide to implement your own retrofits, note that personal labour costs are not eligible for a grant.
  • For an off-grid** system, you should ensure that the system was designed and installed in accordance with local building and electrical requirements and codes.
  • It is recommended that you have a qualified PV professional assess your home and identify it as “Solar Ready” before your pre-retrofit EnerGuide evaluation.
  • A PV system is eligible for a grant if it is a first-time installation or if it is an addition to an existing system.
  • Solar panels can be mounted on the house or ground, as long as they are on the property / land of the house associated with your application.
  • It is recommended that roof-top installations, both grid-connected and off-grid, be done in accordance with SPE-900-13 Solar photovoltaic rooftop-installation best practices guideline developed by CSA.
  • Building permits may be required for both off-grid and grid-connected installations.

* Grid-connected system: the solar photovoltaic system is connected such that it can deliver power to a supply authority system.

**Off-grid system: the solar photovoltaic system does not deliver power to a supply authority system. The house is not connected to the electricity grid; utility power is not available to the home and the only source of power is renewable energy.

Note: The grant amount is pro-rated based on the added capacity to the house; for example, if you are adding 3.5 kW PV capacity to your home, you are eligible for a $3,500 grant.

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