The governments of Canada and Nova Scotia announce funding to help Nova Scotia homeowners save money on solar power

News release

June 25, 2018 – Dartmouth, Nova Scotia

Canada and Nova Scotia are working together to take climate action and fund clean solutions to help households reduce energy use and save money, create good jobs, and support healthy communities.

Today, the Member of Parliament for Dartmouth-Cole Harbour, Darren Fisher—on behalf of the Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Catherine McKenna—joined Nova Scotia’s Minister of the Public Service Commission, Tony Ince—on behalf of Nova Scotia’s Minister of Energy, Geoff MacLellan—to announce the SolarHomes program, which will provide rebates for residents of Nova Scotia to reduce the cost of solar-electricity systems for their homes.

Through the Government of Canada’s Low Carbon Economy Fund, Nova Scotia is eligible to receive $56 million for programs that generate clean growth and reduce carbon pollution. A portion of that funding will support the SolarHomes program.

The SolarHomes program will provide rebates of up to 30 percent off the purchase and installation costs of rooftop solar-electricity systems. The program is expected to make solar power more affordable and accessible for at least 2 000 Nova Scotian households over the next four years, and participants in the program will save an average of $1,300 per year in energy costs.  

Nova Scotia is investing $74.9 million toward programs that help increase renewable-energy use and make homes more energy efficient. These investments will help families save money on their energy bills, will support local jobs, and will generate economic growth for the benefit of all Nova Scotians, and they will reduce carbon pollution. These investments also build on Nova Scotia’s position as a national leader in addressing climate change.

The Government of Canada’s Low-Carbon Economy Leadership Fund is providing $1.4 billion to provinces and territories that have adopted Canada’s clean growth and climate action plan, the Pan-Canadian Framework, to deliver on commitments to reduce carbon pollution, protect our environment, create well-paying jobs, and strengthen Canada’s economy.


“The environment and the economy go together. Through the Low Carbon Economy Leadership Fund, we are joining forces with provinces and territories to improve quality of life from coast to coast to coast. That’s why we are supporting the SolarHomes program: to help Nova Scotia homeowners save money on energy bills and support good middle-class jobs while meeting our climate commitments.”

–  Darren Fisher, Member of Parliament for Dartmouth-Cole Harbour

“By adding solar to their homes, Nova Scotian families can cut their energy bills today while having more energy choices and more control over their energy future. Our province continues to be a national leader in renewable energy, and this new program will build on our successes for the economic and environmental benefit of all Nova Scotians.”
– Tony Ince, Nova Scotia’s Minister of the Public Service Commission

Quick facts

  • The Government of Canada’s Low Carbon Economy Leadership Fund will help make homes and buildings more energy efficient, comfortable, and affordable to run and support companies across Canada develop innovations and access clean solutions.

  • The SolarHomes program is open to homeowners and eligible renters in Nova Scotia. 

  • The program will offer an average rebate of $7,000 per household

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Caroline Thériault
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Environment and Climate Change

JoAnn Alberstat
Media Relations Advisor
Nova Scotia Department of Energy
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