B5: BC Residential Renewable Energy Rebate Program



NCLGA Executive Recommendation: Endorse | Endorsed by the NCLGA Membership


WHEREAS demand for electricity is expected to increase in the future;

AND WHEREAS renewable technologies such as small scale wind and solar are becoming increasingly feasible,

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that UBCM, BC Hydro and the province of BC work together to develop a framework that would provide incentives to residential customers to install grid-interactive renewable generation systems. 


The UBCM membership endorsed resolution 2009-B166, which called on the provincial government to provide incentives to “encourage new construction to be pre-plumbed and pre-wired for future solar panels or other alternative energy installations.”

In its response to the resolution the Province indicated that it had been working to introduce regulations under the BC Building Code that would “allow local governments to adopt solar-ready requirements for single family homes.” At the time, the Province expected to be able to finalize the regulatory changes and adopt the new regulations in 2010.

UBCM is also aware that in 2011 the Province introduced a Solar Hot Water Regulation. Communities can choose to adopt this regulation, and to date 48 local governments have done so. The regulation applies to new single family homes and new single family homes with a secondary suite. There are no incentives associated with the Solar Hot Water Regulation.