Solar Electric

The Solar Electric Incentive Program offers rebates to residential utility customers to purchase and install solar PV systems on their homes. The rebate amount is awarded based on the size (watts DC) of the installed system.

One of the best solar resources in Canada is in Alberta! Medicine Hat enjoys 330 days of sun each year. Our community is a great location to install rooftop solar PV systems.


Rebate Amount

$1.00 per nominal Direct Current (DC) watt to a maximum of $6,000. (see eligibility)

The Solar PV incentive is FULLY SUBSCRIBED. HAT Smart will continue to process requests.
If you have received confirmation that funding has been reserved, your rebate will be paid based on the reserved amount. Otherwise, your application will be entered into the queue and, should funding become available, you will be notified after the current year program closes.

If your solar PV system is planned with a DC capacity that exceeds 150% of the inverter AC capacity, a written rational is required. HAT Smart reserves the right to fund only the installed capacity (KW DC) up to 150% of the inverter capacity (KW AC) at HAT Smart's sole discretion.


Important

Any deviation, whether increase or decrease, from the approved system size (watts DC or watts AC) must be approved by HAT Smart and the Utilities Distribution Systems (UDS) Electric Engineering Department.

If the installed system size is larger than the approved system size, the Electric Engineering Department may refuse to install the bi-directional meter until the system size is corrected and the rebate may be denied at HAT Smart's discretion.


Notification of Changes

HAT Smart requires notification of all changes to the approved system size as this may affect the rebate amount for your project, as well as subsequent applications.

If a larger size has been approved and funding is fully reserved, the difference in the Rebate Amount will be entered into the queue based on the date of notification and may be paid out should additional funding become available. You will be notified of payment status after the current year program closes.


Other Sources of Funding

The Canada Greener Homes initiative, available to homeowners retroactive to December 1, 2020, offers an incentive for Renewable Energy Systems.


Application deadline

Application deadline is noon on January 7, 2022.

How to participate
 

Determine your eligibility 

Before completing any work under the program, please read the Eligibility section for incentive requirements. For instance, you must currently have an Electric Utility account with the City of Medicine Hat to qualify.

Eligibility

To qualify for a rebate under the program, applicants must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • All City of Medicine Hat residential Electric Utility customers* are eligible to apply once per residential address.
  • This incentive program is for existing and new residential properties. An existing home is any home built more than six months prior to installations, replacements, and/or upgrades.
  • Applications for additions to existing Solar PV systems will be accepted and reviewed on a case-by-case basis. If maximum HAT Smart funding was received in a prior program year, the application may not be approved.
  • Eligible solar PV systems must be designed and installed by a qualified installer and system components and must be CSA or ULC approved for installation in Canada.
  • The minimum installation requirement is a 1.5 kW solar PV system. The solar PV system must be grid connected in accordance with the Government of Alberta's Micro-Generation Regulation (AR27/2008), as amended from time to time.
  • Invoices and receipts must be paid in full and dated between January 1 and December 31 of the application year. The Goods and Services Tax (GST) is not considered a part of the total project costs; therefore, HAT Smart rebates will be based on pre-tax amounts and will not exceed the amount of total project costs (before GST), regardless of the maximum listed rebate amount.
  • Combined incentives from government programs must not exceed 100% of eligible project costs. Confirmation of the rebate amount from other programs is required to process the HAT Smart application.

* If you live in a condo and your utilities are paid for through your condo fees or by the condo association, you would not be eligible to apply for HAT Smart since the condo building itself would then be considered a commercial enterprise.

For more information, review the FAQ and Application Terms and Conditions sections below.

Do your research

Download the Solar Electric Checklist to see what you should keep track of along the way.

Not sure how to choose a provider? Visit the following websites.

The service provider can help you decide if a solar PV system is right for your home. If you are still unsure about whether solar panels are right for you, learn more by clicking on the links below.

Request a system size review

Before contacting a solar provider, please complete the System Size Review application.

Upon receipt, HAT Smart will review historical consumption data for the proposed project location to ensure that the system size complies with the City of Medicine Hat Bylaws. New residential properties will be based on consumption at comparable sites. To determine the proper system size, a copy of the floor plan must be submitted.

HAT Smart will respond by email within three to five business days, providing you with the total consumption from the last 12 months and the maximum system size allowable for the project location. Share this information with the service provider(s) when requesting a quote.

This email will also include a link to the application to reserve funds. Please do not submit the application until you have chosen an installer and are prepared to proceed with your project.

Find a qualified service provider

To be eligible for a rebate under the program, a qualified service provider must install your solar PV system. To find installers/contractors serving the Medicine Hat area, click on one of the links below:

Reserve funds

Congratulations! You've chosen an installer and are ready for the next step. Now it's time to reserve funds for your project.

Before submitting your application, please ensure you have a copy of the Solar PV Design, showing the Module DC Nameplate, Inverter AC Nameplate, and Load Ratio. You will need to upload this in the application.


Program Funding

To reserve funds, use the link that was included in the System Size information email you received from HAT Smart. Once received, HAT Smart will send an email within three to five business days, letting you know if funds are available. You will need to submit a copy of the approval email as part of the Microgeneration Application package.

This email will also include a link to the application to request your rebate. Please do not submit the application until the project is complete.


Funding Queue

If funds are fully subscribed, your project will not be placed in the queue until we receive an email response from you, indicating that you would like to be proceed.

Once your project is placed in the funding queue, the microgeneration application, along with a copy of the System Size Approval from HAT Smart, must be submitted within 30 days to the Electric Engineering Department.

To avoid being removed from the queue, copy (cc) hatsmart@medicinehat.ca when submitting the application. After 30 days, a new HAT Smart application will be required.

Submit your microgeneration application

Before you install your solar PV system, you will need to get the project issued for construction by the City of Medicine Hat Utility Distribution Systems. A non-refundable fee must be paid before the application will be processed.

Visit the City's Microgeneration webpage for further information. You will need to submit a copy of the approval email as part of the Microgeneration Application package.


Design approval

When your plan has been approved for construction, a signed Design Approval letter will be issued and sent by email to both the Applicant and HAT Smart.


Project permits

For projects completed within Medicine Hat, applicable permits can be obtained from the City's City Planning Department. Visit the following City webpages for further information.

For Redcliff and Cypress County residents with a City of Medicine Hat Electric Utility account, visit one of the following sites to learn more about permits that may be required for your project.


Final steps

Purchase or lease and install the solar photovoltaic system and receive final inspection. All invoices and receipts must be paid in full and dated between January 1 and December 31 of the application year.

After installing the qualifying system, your project will need to go through final inspections. A commissioning report from the City of Medicine Hat Utility Distribution Systems is required before submitting the final application to request your rebate.

Collect your documents

You are required to include certain documentation along with your application. Omitting required documentation will be deemed an incomplete application, which will be declined by HAT Smart. Gather your documents before you apply.

Required documentation

Attach all required documentation, as outlined below.


System Size Review

New Residential Properties require a copy of the Floor Plan


Reserve Funds

Solar PV Design, showing the Module DC Nameplate, Inverter AC Nameplate, and Load Ratio


Request Rebate
  1. Detailed receipts or invoices. Must include:
    • A description of the project
    • Total costs
    • Installed System size (watts DC and watts AC)
    • Proof of payment for each receipt/invoice
  2. Final Electrical Inspection
  3. Commissioning Report
  4. Photo(s)
    • Panels
    • Inverters
    • Meters
  5. Confirmation of Rebate Amount (If combining incentives with other government programs)
Request your rebate

You're almost done! Once you have everything you need, use the link that was included in the Reserve Funds confirmation email you received from HAT Smart.

HAT Smart will respond by email within three to five business days, indicating approval and fund status. If approved, the application will be processed for payment.

Payment

Pending approval, your rebate will be paid in one of three ways:

Cheque
A cheque will be mailed to the address provided on your application form.
Direct deposit 

Your rebate will be deposited directly into your bank account (the following documents are required).

  • A completed Direct Deposit Form
  • Either a Void Cheque or Account Information for Direct Deposit form from your financial institution
Direct to the contractor 
The applicant may assign the payment of the rebate directly to the contractor upon project completion.

 

Application terms and conditions

Solar Electric Incentive Terms and Conditions

The following application terms and conditions (“Application Terms and Conditions”) establish the eligibility requirements and related terms and conditions for an application to the Solar Electric Incentive Program (“Program”).

The application shall be subject to approval by HAT Smart. A completed application is neither a guarantee of eligibility for a rebate under the Program, nor payment of the rebate itself, and is subject to the following Application Terms and Conditions:

  1. The Program will be in effect from January 1 to December 31 (“Term”) of the application year, or until a time in which Program funding becomes fully subscribed.
  2. To be eligible for a rebate under the Program, the Applicant must be a City of Medicine Hat residential Electric Utility customer.
  3. A review of historical electric consumption for the proposed project location is required to ensure that the system size complies with the City of Medicine Hat Bylaws.
  4. The Applicant agrees to notify HAT Smart and the City's Electric Engineering Department of any deviation from the approved system size (watts DC or watts AC). Non-compliance may delay the installation of the bi-directional meter and result in non-payment of the rebate.
  5. Applications will only be accepted for purchases and work completed within the Program Term, as evidenced by the corresponding sales receipt and/or invoice.
  6. Applications are processed on a first come, first served basis. The deadline to submit applications is noon on the last business day before January 10 of the following year. Late applications and/or applications received after Program funding has been fully exhausted will be declined.
  7. To qualify for a rebate under the Program, the solar photovoltaic system must be designed and installed by a qualified installer and system components meet the Canadian Standards Association requirements for electrical safety, or equivalent certification to applicable Canadian standards and must be grid connected in accordance with the Government of Alberta's Micro-Generation Regulation (AR27/2008), as amended from time to time. The minimum installation size requirement is 1.5 kilowatts (kW). (“Eligible Project”)
  8. The rebate will be offered at a rate of $1.00/DC watt, to a maximum of $6,000.
  9. The Eligible Project must be completed by the property owner as confirmed through the City of Medicine Hat billing system. The Applicant agrees the Eligible Project has been completed in the specified dwelling and that purchases and installations are of new condition and for non-commercial use only.
  10. The Program is for existing and new homes. An existing home is any home built more than six (6) months prior to installations, replacements, and/or upgrades.
  11. The Applicant is responsible for meeting all Program requirements and complying with any laws, regulations, or by-laws regarding permits, codes, restrictions, and/or inspections in relation to products or equipment installed.
  12. The Applicant shall be responsible for any direct or indirect taxes, duties, levies, fees, or like charges incurred by Applicant as a result of participation in the Program and hereby indemnifies HAT Smart for the same.
  13. The Applicant agrees that it is solely responsible for, and liable for, the selection, purchase, installation, and ownership/maintenance of the products included in the submitted rebate application and that HAT Smart is not affiliated in any way with the manufacturer, distributor, dealer, and/or installer of the product.
  14. The Applicant acknowledges and agrees that HAT Smart makes no representation or warranty, whether expressed, implied, direct or indirect, with respect to the products, services or other measures that the Applicant has purchased and which is the subject matter of the rebate application.
  15. The Applicant further acknowledges and agrees that HAT Smart is not responsible for the design, verification, and/or operation of the product, and accepts no liability nor makes any representations with respect to estimated or possible energy savings that will be incurred in the function of the products, services or measures, and/or the installation, performance, reliability, safety, use or fitness of the products for the Applicant's particular purpose.
  16. The Applicant confirms ownership of any attribute of an environmental or similar nature that is created or otherwise arises from the generation of electricity from solar powered energy. The Applicant further attests that said attributes have not been claimed, sold, or otherwise transferred to another party.
  17. The Applicant consents that the City of Medicine Hat shall be the aggregator of the solar generator with ownership of any attribute of an environmental or similar nature that is created or otherwise arises from the generation of electricity from solar powered energy. As such, the Applicant consents that the City of Medicine Hat shall be allowed access and shall take all steps necessary to provide the City of Medicine Hat access to appropriate tracking data until a time in which operation of the solar generator is permanently suspended.
  18. Any other rebate(s), discount(s) and/or incentive(s) offered and/or provided by any government agency, institution, manufacturer, distributor, dealer and/or installer are separate and distinct from the Program and HAT Smart shall not be responsible for the administration or payment of the same nor be responsible for the erroneous submission of other rebate(s), discount(s) and/or incentive(s) to HAT Smart.
  19. The Applicant agrees that combined incentives from government programs shall not exceed 100% of Eligible Project costs.
  20. Complementary municipal, provincial, and/or corporate rebates administered by HAT Smart may have different eligibility criteria including, but not limited to, unique start and end dates. Visitwww.hatsmart.ca for a complete listing of available rebates and eligibility criteria.
  21. The Applicant consents to the disclosure of information to HAT Smart and its contractors, employees and partners. HAT Smart undertakes that the information provided in the application will not be sold or distributed for commercial or promotional purposes or financial gain.
  22. HAT Smart reserves the right to change or terminate the Program at any time without notice or explanation. HAT Smart will use reasonable efforts to administer a completed eligible application received prior to such a change or termination of the Program in accordance with the Program as it existed effective as of the date of the completed eligible application.
  23. The Applicant is responsible for researching and ensuring they qualify under applicable eligibility criteria and the Applicant hereby indemnify HAT Smart against any liability for the same.
  24. HAT Smart does not guarantee energy savings, of any amount(s), by participation with the completion of the Eligible Project as part of the Program.
  25. HAT Smart accepts no responsibility for incomplete applications which will neither be processed nor held by HAT Smart. HAT Smart is not responsible for incomplete, lost, late or misdirected mail or illegible submissions.
  26. The Goods and Services Tax (GST) is not considered a part of the total project costs; therefore, HAT Smart rebates will be based on pre-tax amounts and will not exceed the amount of total project costs (less GST), regardless of the maximum listed rebate amount.
  27. A copy of the purchase receipt or other information relevant to the rebate being applied for is required. Omission of such required information will result in an incomplete application. Required Documentation details can be found on the HAT Smart website.
  28. The Applicant should retain a copy of the application form and all required documentation as the Applicant's original application and purchase receipt will not be returned by HAT Smart.
  29. In submitting this application, the Applicant consents to the collection and use, disclosure and retention of the personal information herein provided for five years following which such information will be destroyed or made anonymous.
  30. The Applicant should allow at least 8 (eight) weeks to process the application. If approved, the rebate can be paid by cheque, direct deposit, or credited to the Applicant's City of Medicine Hat utility account (Applicant must live at the project address), and can be paid to the Applicant, Contractor, or Utility Account holder. All rebate cheques issued must be cashed within 180 days from the cheques' issuance date and will not be re-issued after this time.

Frequently asked questions

I received a rebate for installing solar panels on my home in a previous year. Can I apply for a rebate to add to my existing system?

Yes. Applications for additions to existing Solar PV systems will be accepted and reviewed on a case-by-case basis. If maximum HAT Smart funding was received in a prior program year, the application may not be approved.

I received a rebate for installing solar panels on my home through another government program. Can I apply for a HAT Smart rebate?

Yes. You can apply for funding through multiple programs. However, combined incentives from government programs must not exceed 100% of eligible project costs. Confirmation of the rebate amount from other programs is required.

Do I need to hire professionals, or can I do this project myself?

To be eligible for a rebate under the program, your solar PV system must be installed by a qualified service provider.

To find installers/contractors serving the Medicine Hat area, click on one of the links below:

I applied for, and received, a solar rebate for my present home, which I have now decided to sell. Can I apply for another rebate for my next home?

Yes. We track our rebates by residential address (through the utility account number), not by individual names. As long as it is under a separate utility account number, an application can be submitted.

I live outside of Medicine Hat. Am I eligible for the HAT Smart rebates?

Yes, all City of Medicine Hat residential Electric Utility customers are eligible to apply. If you are currently receiving a residential electric bill from the City of Medicine Hat, you are eligible to apply.

Am I guaranteed to receive funding if I apply?

All applications are subject to approval by HAT Smart. A completed application form is NOT a guarantee of eligibility for a rebate under the program, nor payment of the rebate itself. Rebates are issued on a first come, first served basis and an incomplete application form can result in a delay of payment or no payment if program funds have been exhausted.