Oct. 26, 2018
Last year, electrician Andrew Fast noticed municipal and provincial incentive programs were driving demand for solar PV installations in Medicine Hat.
And so he opened Sun Valley Solar and Electrical, a solar installation company serving Southeast Alberta and Southwest Saskatchewan.
Through the City of Medicine Hat’s HAT Smart grant program, Medicine Hat homeowners are eligible for a $0.75 per watt rebate to a maximum of $5,000 for solar power installations. Since 2008, the HAT Smart program has provided nearly $5 million in rebates.
Provincially, the Government of Alberta’s $36 million Energy Efficiency Alberta program provides rebates for residential and commercial solar panel installation. In total, incentives offered by municipal and provincial governments can reduce the cost per watt by more than $1.75.
“Local companies have noted the spike in consumer interest,” says Jon Sookocheff, director of business development at Invest Medicine Hat. “Medicine Hat is a natural service hub to the renewable energy industry.”
With rebate programs creating demand for renewable electricity installations, opportunities are available for companies like Sun Valley Solar and Electrical to grow.
“It’s an exciting time to be an electrician,” says Fast of the solar energy industry.