New solar incentives available to Islanders

Islanders will soon be getting financial help to install solar panels that will convert sunlight into clean energy for their homes, farms and businesses.

“Solar incentives will add to our energy mix, creating more made-in-PEI electricity,” said Transportation, Infrastructure and Energy Minister Steven Myers.  “Islanders want to help tackle climate change and they want to save money on electricity. Solar energy will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by over 500 tonnes annually while helping people become more energy independent.”

efficiencyPEI’s solar incentives provide a rebate of up to 40 per cent of the cost of installing solar panels – up to $10,000. The incentives are supported by $2 million in funding from the Government of Prince Edward Island and the Government of Canada through the Low Carbon Economy Leadership Fund.

"I have seen the interest in solar grow exponentially over the past ten years and this new incentive program means that solar is a lot more affordable for Islanders," said Matt Eye, a solar PV installer and owner of M.B. Eye Electrical. "If you’ve been on the fence about this investment, now is the time to do it. Solar energy is good for the planet, and it’s a great way to reduce utility costs."

Islanders can apply for solar rebates through efficiencyPEI starting August 7. Financing is available through Finance PEI. For more information or assistance with your application, call efficiencyPEI toll-free at 1-877-734-6336.

Along with solar incentives, efficiencyPEI offers many additional energy efficiency programs and services. Anyone interested in reducing their energy costs can visit any Access PEI location, one of efficiencyPEI’s offices in Charlottetown or Summerside, or Solar Electric Rebate Program to find an efficiency program that is right for them.

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