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Solar energy is an alternative energy source for heating and electrical generation. Permits are required to install solar electrical and solar thermal systems.

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City of Edmonton permits are required to install solar electrical and solar thermal systems.

Solar energy systems are governed under the micro-generation regulations by the Government of Alberta, which allow Albertans to generate their own environmentally-friendly electricity and receive credit for any power they send into the electricity grid. In Edmonton, compliance with this regulation requires an application process with EPCOR.

The City's solar energy systems guide outlines the various required procedures.

There are two types of solar energy systems:

Solar PhotoVoltaic (PV)

This is a system that converts sunlight into electricity. Photovoltaic solar panels are mounted on a framing system or flush with the surface of the building (either the roof or an exterior wall surface as allowed under the Land Use Bylaw) to capture sunlight.

The panels are wired to the home's electrical panel or battery array to supply useful electricity to the building or to feed excess power back into the grid.

Review and approval from the City’s Development, Electrical Safety, and Building Safety sections is required.

Solar Thermal (Hot water)

This is a system that uses the sun's radiation to heat water. Solar thermal flat plates are mounted on a roof, and a heat transfer fluid is pumped through tubes in the plates and circulated to a heat exchanger.

This transfers usable heat to the home's hot water system; either a hot water tank or space heating appliances.

Review and approval from the City’s Development, Mechanical, and Building Safety sections is required.

Permits needed

A review from the City's Development and Building sections is required before a permit is issued. Additional permits are required when constructing a solar system which involves an electrical or mechanical permit.

How Do I Obtain the Service?

Application procedure

Figuring out which system you are installing will determine the type of forms that need to be submitted. Also ensure you include all applicable fees.

Solar PhotoVoltaic (PV) systems:

Step 1: Submit one of the following application forms listed below, for each bi-directional meter being installed, to the City of Edmonton.

For Existing Residential Buildings (excluding multi-family):

For New Single Detached Dwelling (House) construction: New Home Construction Application

For New Semi-detached or Duplex Dwelling: Semi-detached or Duplex Application

For New and Existing Commercial/Industrial/Multi-family: Commercial Development Application

Step 2: Please submit a completed Generation Project Notice form to EPCOR's Customer Engineering Services (CES) at Distgen@epcor.ca (1 form per bi-directional unit is required).

Step 3: EPCOR (CES) will generate an Interconnection Agreement to be returned to the system owner to sign.

Step 4: Apply for an electrical permit in order for a City inspector to conduct an inspection:

The system installer must request a final/service inspection for each bi-directional meter.

Step 5: After the final/service inspection has been passed, the City sends a notice to EPCOR's Meter Room stating this project is ready for a bi-directional meter to be installed on the site.

The owner/contractor must contact EPCOR's meter room at 780-412-3810 to make arrangements to get the meter installed.

Inspections required: Electrical or HVAC; No building inspection, due to a solemn declaration for both systems.

Applicants cannot apply for solar permits online. We will accept paper or email applications.

Solar Thermal systems:

Step 1: Submit one of the following application forms listed below, for each bi-directional meter being installed, to the City of Edmonton.

For Existing Residential Buildings (excluding multi-family):

For New Single Detached Dwelling (House) construction: New Home Construction Application

For New Semi-detached or Duplex Dwelling: Semi-detached or Duplex Application

For New and Existing Commercial/Industrial/Multi-family: Commercial Development Application

Step 2: If the Application is complete and meets all requirements, the City of Edmonton will issue the permit.

Step 3: When the system installation is complete, the system installer must supply a signed copy ( 1 per address for each application) of the attached Solemn Declaration Thermal Form for Solar Thermal Installation to the City's mechanical section by email.

Step 4: Apply for a mechanical permit:

Step 5: System installer must request a final inspection with the HVAC permit. The final inspection must pass.

Inspections required: Electrical or HVAC; No building inspection, due to a solemn declaration for both systems.

Applicants cannot apply for solar permits online. We will accept paper or email applications.

What the City does with your request

Processing

A development officer reviews the application based on the Edmonton Zoning Bylaw. Once approved by the development officer, the application is examined by a safety codes officer for approval. It is in this stage a building permit is issued. 

Fees

2017 Fees

Solar panel installation fees are covered in the 2017 Development Permit Fees.

The 2017 Safety Codes Permit Fees include Building, Heating, Venting and Air Conditioning (HVAC), Plumbing, and Electrical fees associated with solar panels.

The 2017 Electrical Permit Fee Range estimator is the fees for electrical permits that are not paid for in the building permit application.

Contact the City About This Service

Edmonton Service Centre

2nd Floor, 10111 104 Avenue NW
Edmonton, AB  T5J 0J4

Hours of Operation
Monday to Friday
8am to 4:30pm

Telephone

In Edmonton: 311
Outside Edmonton: 780-442-5311

Email developmentservices@edmonton.ca

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