Solar Power & Saskatchewan


For a province that has the highest potential to produce solar energy in all of Canada, Saskatchewan is the worst for our net-metering policies, financing options, incentives, and more recently, fewer rebates. Saskatchewan has the ability to produce an average 1330kW per kW of solar-generated energy installed per sunlight hour in Saskatchewan (based on data from National Resources Canada’s photovoltaic and solar resource maps, those numbers fluctuate depending on what time of year it is and where in Saskatchewan you live. A 1000 Kilowatt (kW) solar power system in Regina would produce an approximate average of 1,361 kWh/year but you can expect this average to decrease the more you move north and east. The Saskatchewan solar industry has the capability to stimulate the economy and create many jobs, so why are local solar businesses laying off their tradesmen?

SaskPower recently revised their solar power rebate incentive program. Residents of Saskatchewan used to earn double the bill credits for the power they generated power via solar or other means. There has been a significant demand for this net metering rebate program because in addition to credits on one’s bill customers were also eligible for a rebate of up to 20% of the cost to install solar panels. The previous program was ranked 3rd best in Canada. Saskatchewan as of November 1st is now the only province that does not offer any solar and energy rebate incentives for solar installation. You can still receive credits for excess power production but no longer at the retail rate, it would be at almost half the rate they sell it for; you previously earned 14 cents per kilowatt-hour, the amount is now 7.5 cents. It now takes 16 years to have a solar system pay for itself whereas before that amount was approximately 9 years.

Some small local businesses like Prairie Sun Solar are talking about diversifying their business, others like miEnergy are talking about relocating their business entirely, ultimately small businesses fear that this change may be the death of the residential solar business in Saskatchewan. Many companies have not made a single sale since SaskPower revised its program. The Distributed Energy Association of Saskatchewan suggests orders for solar power systems have dropped by 90 per cent. SaskPower’s minister Dustin Duncan’s data reflects that only 25% of the potential customers who were cut off of the previous program decided not to continue, but 25% is still quite a large number for a small business, especially considering 39% of people haven’t decided if they are going to continue with installing solar systems, so sales have dropped 75-90% depending on who you ask.

Saskatchewan’s previous net metering program was revised because it was scheduled to run until 2021 or until it hit a province-wide limit of 16-megawatt capacity. This program was a victim of its own success, as many took advantage of the progressive program. SaskPower states that if the program was maintained as is customers who rate-pay would experience a 7% increase, as those who have solar systems would still be utilizing the system on days when they don’t produce as much power. The 2019 Power Generation Partner Program is no longer accepting applications, of the 35 MW allocated for projects 10 MW is reserved for renewable projects while the remaining 25 MW is reserved for carbon-neutral non-renewables.

We worry about our local contractors affected by this newest change. Kelln Solar has installed Solar systems for over 30 years, including all of our Build Love projects and we hate to see them struggle when they’ve contributed so much to our local community. Derek Verhelst of Kelln Solar said, “It’s essentially stopped our business in residential solar.” They are still acquiring commercial work because for small business owners who operate during the day they will use the majority of the power they produce, but for homeowners who work away from home the majority of the day, they don’t use what they produce. To remain progressive and stay alive in the industry with these new changes Kelln solar will be looking at various “ways to incorporate batteries and load management software to help customers match their consumption to their production.” We are confident this company will be innovative enough to continue to provide solar solutions to off-grid and grid-tie customers.


Here is a list of SaskPower’s Solar PV Suppliers/Efficiency Partners


2BGreen Solar Power Ltd.

Regina, SK



Advanced Energy Inc.

White City, SK



Anagram Solar



Blaze Solar & Electric Ltd.

Saskatoon, SK



Blue Sky Solar

Saskatoon, SK



Bright North Electric

Saskatoon, SK



Concept Saskatchewan

Saskatoon, SK



Dynamo Electric

Saskatoon, SK



Eco-Consulting Ltd.

Saskatoon, SK




Regina, SK & Saskatoon, SK



Enviro Energy

Whitefish, ON



Evolv Solar Inc.

Calgary, AB



GreenCat Renewable Canada

Calgary, AB



Greenline Electric Inc.

Saskatoon, SK




Ion Solar Ltd.

Saskatoon, SK



KCP Energy Inc.

Calgary, AB



K2 Electric Ltd.

White City, SK



Kelln Solar

Lumsden, SK



Living Skies Solar

Saskatoon, SK



Meridian Solar & Electric Inc.

Radville, SK




Saskatoon, SK



Mo’ Solar Company

Regina, SK



Nexon Solar Ltd.

Regina, SK



Prairie Sun Solar

Regina, SK



Rock Paper Sun Ltd.

Saskatoon, SK



Roots Rock Solar

Saskatoon, SK

306-717-6596 Energy Solution

Vibank, SK



SkyFire Energy Inc.

Calgary, AB



Sound Solar Systems Inc.

Regina, SK



Suncap Energy

Saskatoon, SK



Suncatcher Solar Ltd.

Saskatoon, SK



SunDawg Solar Inc.

Regina, SK



Sunteam Solar Inc.

Saskatoon, SK



TruGreen Energy

Regina, SK



Vision Energy Inc.

Cabri, SK



Disclaimer: A SaskPower Energy Efficiency Partner is a contractor that has applied and been accepted into SaskPower’s Energy Efficiency Program. A list of SaskPower Energy Efficiency Partner’s is set out above. SaskPower does not endorse any particular Energy Efficiency Partner. SaskPower does not expressly or implicitly guarantee or warrant the work of any Energy Efficiency Partner. SaskPower encourages you to evaluate potential Energy Efficiency Partners by reviewing credentials, qualifications and references. Any agreement between you and an Energy Efficiency Partner will not include SaskPower as a party, beneficiary, or guarantor of that agreement and you agree not to bring any claim against SaskPower relating to any work that any Energy Efficiency Partner performs. SaskPower shall have no liability or responsibility for loss or damages arising from any relationship between you and any Energy Efficiency Partner.



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