CanREA applauds launch of Canada Greener Homes Grant

New Government of Canada program will increase deployment of residential solar energy and energy storage, generating multiple benefits.

Ottawa, May 28, 2021 – The Canadian Renewable Energy Association (CanREA) applauds the Government of Canada for its launch of the Canada Greener Homes Grant program to support energy-efficiency retrofits and the deployment of solar energy and energy storage in Canadian homes.

“The Greener Homes program will make rooftop solar and battery storage more accessible and affordable to more Canadians, helping them to save money while reducing their carbon footprints, and creating tens of thousands of good-paying jobs across Canada,” said Robert Hornung, CanREA President and CEO.

“Residential solar power and energy storage are well positioned to make an important contribution to Canada’s commitment to move to net-zero greenhouse-gas emissions by 2050.”

Up to 700,000 Canadian homeowners will be eligible for grants of up to $5,000 for energy-efficiency upgrades, including solar panels and battery storage, retroactive to December 1, 2020, and up to an additional $600 to support the cost of an EnerGuide home-energy evaluation.

Homeowners will be eligible for grants of:

  • $1000 per kW up to a maximum of $5000 for solar PV systems on single-family homes
  • Up to $20,000 per building for solar PV systems on multi-unit residential buildings of three or fewer storeys in height with a building area not exceeding 600 m2
  • $1000 for batteries connected to PV systems to provide standby power for the home

Canada has made a commitment to reduce GHG emissions by 40 to 45 percent from 2005 levels by 2030, and to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050. As of 2019, Canada’s GHG emissions had only fallen 1.1% below 2005 levels.

“Canada’s path to net-zero GHG emissions will rely on the accelerated deployment of wind energy and solar energy to fully decarbonize—and then significantly expand—the electricity grid, to support reduced use of fossil fuels in transportation, buildings and industry,” said Hornung.

“Canadians can directly contribute to this effort by investing in residential solar power and energy storage.”

For more information on residential solar in Canada, read CanREA’s recent blog post on the role of rooftop solar in reaching net-zero emissions.

Quotes

“The Greener Homes program will make rooftop solar and battery storage more accessible and affordable to more Canadians, helping them to save money while reducing their carbon footprints, and creating tens of thousands of good-paying jobs across Canada. Residential solar power and energy storage are well positioned to make an important contribution to Canada’s commitment to move to net-zero greenhouse-gas emissions by 2050.”

“Canada’s path to net-zero GHG emissions will rely on the accelerated deployment of wind energy and solar energy to fully decarbonize and then significantly expand the electricity grid to support reduced use of fossil fuels in transportation, buildings and industry. Canadians can directly contribute to this effort by investing in residential solar power and energy storage.”

—Robert Hornung, CanREA’s President and CEO

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