Did you know that one of the best solar resources in Canada is in Alberta? Medicine Hat enjoys 330 days of sun each year. That's an annual photovoltaic (PV) potential of 1,367 kWh/kW. Our community is a great location to install rooftop solar PV systems.
Use the links below to take you to the following sections:
- Rebate Amount
- How To Participate / Application Form
- Terms & Conditions / Eligibility
- Required Documentation
$0.75 per watt to a maximum of $5,000
Please note that solar PV system size refers to cumulative project size in nominal Direct Current (DC) watts.
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 their sole discretion.
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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:
- 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.
- 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. Visit the CanSIA Member Directory or Solar Energy Society of Alberta to find installers/contractors serving the Medicine Hat area.
- Medicine Hat Chamber of Commerce Business Directory
- Solar Energy Society of Alberta
- CanSIA Member Directory
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:
Before you install your solar PV system, you’ll need to get the project issued for construction by the City’s Electric Utility. Visit the Microgeneration webpage for further information.
To reserve funding under the Program, submit the following before proceeding with any work:
- a copy of PART ONE of your application. This must be signed by the applicant to be considered for funding.
- a copy of the signed Design Approval letter (see step 3 above). You will receive this when the City's electric engineers have approved your plan for construction.
Upon receipt of the above, HAT Smart will provide confirmation that sufficient funding will be available to process your rebate. Your application will then be entered into the funding queue.
Make sure you keep a copy of your application form to use for PART TWO. Original documentation will not be returned to the Applicant by HAT Smart.
Don't know how to submit your application? Visit the How To Apply page for more information.
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.
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.
All invoices and receipts must be paid in full and dated between January 1, 2019 and December 31, 2019. 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 Electric Utility before submitting your completed application.
Complete and submit PART TWO of the application form to HAT Smart. Please ensure that you've attached all required documentation. Original documentation will not be returned to the Applicant by HAT Smart.
Don't know how to submit your application? Visit the How To Apply page for more information
- 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 upon approval by the applicant. Additionally, leased systems may opt for payment to go directly to the contractor with the applicants signed approval.
DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS: Deadline for applications is noon on January 6, 2020, provided Program funding is still available.
Rebates are processed on a FIRST COME, FIRST SERVED basis. Late or incomplete applications and/or applications received after Program funding has been fully exhausted will be declined.
If your Expected Rebate is higher than the Anticipated Rebate because the Actual System Size was larger than the Planned System Size, the difference in the Rebate Amount will be entered in to the queue based on the date of notification and may be paid out should additional funding become available. You will be notified in January 2020 of the payment status.
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Terms & Conditions / 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 during the Program term.
- 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.
- 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, 2019 and December 31, 2019. 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.
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In order to process your application, we require a completed application form and all of the following documentation:
- Detailed receipts or invoices (must include a description of the project, total costs, system size, and proof of payment for each receipt / invoice)
- Final Electrical Inspection obtained from the City's Safety Codes Services
- Commissioning Report obtained from the City's Electrical Utility Department for applicable installations
- Photo(s) including all panels, inverters, and meters clearly showing CSA or equivalent Canadian certification approval labels
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.
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I received a rebate for installing solar panels on my home in a previous year. Can I apply again?
Yes, however you are allowed only one lease or one purchase application per residential address during the program term. This can be used for a new installation or an addition to an existing system.
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. Visit the CanSIA Member Directory or Solar Energy Society of Alberta to find installers/contractors serving the Medicine Hat area.
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, multiple applications 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 submit an application?
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 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.
Can I still submit my Part One application if the website shows the incentive has been fully utilized?
Yes, Part One application forms will continue to be accepted once scales show 100% utilization however, funding is not guaranteed. Should an existing application be withdrawn, funding would go to the next eligible applicant.
What happens if the Actual System Size is larger than the Planned System Size?
If your Expected Rebate is higher than the Anticipated Rebate because the Actual System Size was larger than the Planned System Size, the difference in the Rebate Amount will be entered in to the queue based on the date of notification and may be paid out should additional funding become available. You will be notified in January 2019 of the payment status.
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