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Solar Panels for British Columbia

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BC Solar Power Incentive Programs

PST Exemption - BC's primary incentive comes in the form of PST exemption for solar pv equipment and devices, including solar panels, wiring, controllers, and inverters.  

Various institutions in BC offer other energy rebates that don't specifically pertain to solar panel installations. Read the full list of BC energy rebates.

Cost of Solar Panels in BC

Solar power systems vary in cost depending on the size of the installation. Typical installations range from $2.00/W to $3.50/W although they may be slightly higher or lower if you have a very large or small solar array. This works out to an average solar power installation cost in BC being approximately $15,000 to $30,000.

The price of your solar power system is heavily dependent on how many solar panels you want to install. Larger systems can be installed at a more favourable rate (lower $/W) due to the economies of scale.

Other factors that contribute to the economics of your investment are whether you need electrical work to integrate the solar power system and your location within BC (major centers such as Vancouver or Okanagan being more accessible than smaller Northern towns). Additionally, if you want a battery energy storage system such as the Tesla Powerwall 2, that will add to your project total.

Read more on the cost of solar panels or the long term economics of solar power systems.

How solar energy works in BC

  • Energy is used by your home first which offsets your electricity buy rate - $0.0945/kWh or $0.1417/kWh. If you generate your own energy, you are now saving money by not importing electricity.
  • If more energy is needed than the solar panels can supply, you will draw from the grid as you currently do. This process is fully automatic and there is no delay.
  • If excess energy is created, it is sold back to BC Hydro for a credit on your next billing cycle. Energy is credited at $0.0999/kWh. This allows you to generate money by exporting solar electricity.
  • At night, you will draw electricity from the grid as you currently do.

Quick facts about solar panels in BC

  • BC residents pay a high electricity rate which helps reduce the payback period of solar panels
  • BC homeowners pay ~$0.0945/kWh for the fist 1,350kWh per 2-month billing period and $0.1417/kWh for every kWh above that threshold (this is to incentivize you to use less energy)
  • Average BC home uses approximately 11,000kWh/yr

BC Solar power installation service areas

Kuby Energy designs and installs solar panels and provides full-service electrical and solar energy services for the following regions:  

  • Vancouver
  • Victoria
  • Nanaimo
  • Vancouver Island
  • Kelowna
  • Kamloops
  • Okanagan Area
  • Fernie
  • Cranbrook
  • Nelson
  • Vernon
  • Golden
  • Revelstoke

The above list does not contain all the cities we provide solar energy services to, so if your city is not listed, don't worry, we will make it work for you.

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