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subhead terms conditions
  • Available to all City of Medicine Hat residential Electric and/or Natural Gas Utility customers one time only per residential address.
  • Rebates are processed on a first come, first served basis. Application Forms will no longer be accepted once program funding has been exhausted.
  • Receipts must be paid in full and dated between January 1, 2017 and December 31, 2017.
  • Deadline for applications is noon on the last business day before January 7 of the following year, provided funding is still available.
  • This program is for existing and new residential properties.
  • Minimum installation requirement is a 1.5 kW solar electric system and must be CSA or ULC approved for installation in Canada.
  • Eligible installations of solar photovoltaic systems (i.e. solar electric systems) will qualify for an incentive equal to $1,000 per kW to a maximum rebate amount of $5,000.
  • 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.

subhead how to participate


 1. Visit the CanSIA Member Directory or Solar Energy Society of Alberta to find installers/contractors serving the Medicine Hat area.
   

 2. Submit microgeneration application to the City of Medicine Hat Electric Utility. Visit the Microgeneration webpage for further information.
   
    Projects will be entered into the funding queue for HAT Smart rebates based on the date of submission.

   3. Obtain applicable permits from the City of Medicine Hat’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.
   
   4. Purchase or lease and install the solar photovoltaic system with receipts (paid in full) dated between January 1, 2017 and December 31, 2017.

   5. Submit all of the Required Documentation to HAT Smart. See following section for details.
   
    Deadline for applications is January 5, 2018.

   6. Pending approval, the rebate amount will be sent in the form of a cheque to the mailing address provided on the Application Form or credited to your utility account in the next billing period.

subhead required documentation
  • In order to process your application, we require:
    • Completed Application Form, including:
      • Size of installed solar photovoltaic system in kW
      • Date of installation
      • Location purchased or name of company that completed the installation
      • Total amount (before GST) paid by Applicant
      • Expected rebate amount
    • 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 department
    • Commissioning Report obtained from the City’s Electric Utility Department for applicable installations

Note: Incomplete applications can cause a delay in payment or no payment if program funds have been exhausted.


subhead rebates info
  • $1,000 per kW to a maximum of $5,000

Subhead Application Form

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.

subhead faqs


 1. I received the solar electric panel rebate in a previous year. Can I apply for it again in 2017?
    Yes, however you are allowed only one application during the 2017 program for a new installation or an addition to an existing system per residential address.

   2.  Do I need to hire a professional or can I do this project myself?
    DIY projects are acceptable provided your paperwork and approvals are all in order.


 3. Can I apply for both a lease rebate and a purchase rebate?
    No, you are allowed only one application during the 2017 program for either a new installation or an addition to an existing system per residential address.


 4. 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 (via the utility account number) not by individual names.