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How To Participate / Application Form
The Solar Electric Incentive Program (the 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 of the installed system.

To participate in the Program, follow the steps below:

  1. Determine your eligibility
    Before completing any work under the Program, please ensure that you read through the eligibility requirements and the Program Terms & Conditions. For instance, you must currently have an Electric Utility account with the City of Medicine Hat to qualify.

  2. Find a qualified service provider
    To be eligible for a rebate under the Program, your solar PV system must be installed by a qualified service provider. Click on one of the links below to find installers/contractors serving the Medicine Hat area.

  3. 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, visit the link below:
  4. Submit your PART ONE application to HAT Smart
    Before proceeding with any work, submit a fully completed copy of your PART ONE application. This must be signed by the applicant to be considered for funding.

    If the applicant is unable to sign in person, an email from the applicant may be submitted with the application. This email must contain all relevant information, including the contractor name, incentive type and project address.

    An incomplete application will be returned for resubmission and will not be entered in to the queue. If you have not yet received your City of Medicine Hat Utility Account Number for the project address, please note it in the email.

    The Utility Account number is comprised of two parts:
    • Location ID (first 6 digits, specific to the project address); and
    • Customer ID (last 7 digits, specific to the applicant).

    If you are unable to locate the account number, please contact Customer Service.

    Customer Service
    403.529.8111

    HAT Smart will review the planned system size from the completed application form and compare it to the prior twelve (12) month consumption for the installation site. This ensures that the system complies with the City of Medicine Hat Bylaws.

    The applicant will then receive confirmation of the review findings and funding status by email and, if not approved, will outline any necessary changes.

    The application will now be entered into the funding queue.

    If the proposed project was not approved, the application will remain in the queue for fourteen (14) days to allow for resubmission.

    Once approved by HAT Smart for installation, the applicant/contractor has 90 days to submit the microgeneration application to the City of Medicine Hat Utility Distribution Systems. A non-refundable fee of $500.00 must be paid before the application will be processed and a copy of the receipt forwarded to HAT Smart.

    Should the microgeneration application submission date exceed 90 days, the applicant will be removed from the queue and a new HAT Smart application must be submitted.

    Don't know how to submit your application? Visit the How To Apply page for more information.

  5. Submit your microgeneration application to City of Medicine Hat Utility Distribution Systems
    Before you install your solar PV system, you’ll need to get the project issued for construction by the City of Medicine Hat Utility Distribution Systems.

    Visit the Microgeneration webpage for further information.

  6. When the City's electric engineers have approved your plan for construction, a signed Design Approval letter will be issued and a copy must be submitted to HAT Smart.

  7. Obtain project permits
    For projects completed within Medicine Hat, applicable permits can be obtained from the City’s Planning and Development Services Department. Visit the Safety Codes Services webpage for further information.

  8. 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.

  9. Purchase/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, 2020 and December 31, 2020. After installing the qualifying system, your project will need to go through final inspections and you'll need to receive the commissioning report from the City of Medicine Hat Utility Distribution Systems before submitting your completed application.

  10. Submit your PART TWO application and all required documentation to HAT Smart
    Complete and submit a fully completed copy of your PART TWO application form to HAT Smart. This must be signed by the applicant to be considered for funding.

    If the applicant is unable to sign in person, an email from the applicant may be submitted with the application. This email must contain all relevant information, including the contractor name, incentive type and project address.

    An incomplete application will be returned for resubmission and will not be processed. Please ensure that you've attached all required documentation. Original documentation will not be returned to the Applicant by HAT Smart.
    • 2020 Solar Electric PART TWO Application Form (PDF) (Coming soon)

    Don't know how to submit your application? Visit the How To Apply page for more information

  11. Pending approval, your rebate will be paid in one of four ways:
    • Cheque: mailed to the address provided on your application form within 6 to 8 weeks

    • Credit: applied to your City of Medicine Hat Utility Account in the next billing period

    • Direct Deposit: deposited directly in to your bank account. Complete the form below and return it to HAT Smart to submit to the City of Medicine Hat's Accounts Payable department with your application.

    • Direct to the Contractor: The applicant may assign the payment of the rebate directly to the contractor upon project completion with the applicants signed approval.

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS: Deadline for applications is noon on January 8, 2021 (noon on the last business day before January 10 of the following year), provided Program funding is still available.

Rebates are processed on a FIRST COME, FIRST SERVED basis. Late or incomplete applications will be declined.

Note: All applications shall be 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 based on fully completed Application Forms and issued on a first come, first served basis. An incomplete Application Form can result in a delay of payment or no payment if program funds have been exhausted.