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Halifax Solar City is a Pilot program that offers turn-key installations of solar water heaters.

  • Approved in Dec 2012
  • $8.3 mil available
  • Turn-key installations
  • Target of funding 1000 systems
  • First come first serve basis
  • Use and creation of city-scale Solar Map
  • Free site assessment and screened for eligibility into the program
  • Structurally suitable
  • Positive return of investment; typically 7-9% over 25+ yrs
  • Terms up to 10 years or lump sum
  • Fixed 3.5% /year
  • Separate from property tax account; new solar collector account linked to property
  • Flexible payment options
  • Typically $6500 – $7900 total cost per home (includes HST and currently available rebates)
  • SolarCity manages gov/utility incentives
  • Financed in partnership with The Federation of Canadian Municipalities through Green Municipal Fund
  • Program may expand to other solar, renewable energy, and energy improvement projects
  • Focusing on solar water heating is more simplistic model and lower risk