Community Solar Garden Calculator

WHAT IMPACT DOES COMMUNITY SOLAR HAVE ON YOUR ELECTRIC BILL?


Our customers want a cleaner, greener future for our province - and so do we. We're working towards 80% renewable energy by 2030. It means that when you plug in your appliances, heat your home or business using electricity, or switch to an electric vehicle, you’re plugging into a grid that's getting greener over time. The community solar garden gives customers an opportunity to offset the remaining portion of their energy use with clean energy generated from the solar garden. Use the calculator below to see what impact solar energy could have on your electric bill: 

Over 10 years, you have the potential to save $N/A and N/A tonnes of carbon emissions.

Estimated Annual Impact

Estimated Cumulative Impact

Get the most from the Community Solar Garden Program

To get the most of your solar program, please increase the % of your electricity you'd like to offset with solar energy. 

Environmental Benefits - CO2 Reduced

Your Subscription

The equivalent of ## trees
Your Estimated Community Solar Subscription Capacity
XX kW

Your Subscription

The equivalent of ## cars converted to battery electric
Your Estimated Annual Community Solar Generation
12,680 kW

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS


How does the calculator work?

Use the blue slider to estimate your average monthly bill amount (your total annual usage divided by 12) and move the green slider to see the impact of offsetting a portion of your electricity consumption with a community solar subscription. The calculations and graphs will update automatically for each selection to demonstrate the annual and cumulative impact on your electricity bill over time, as well as the overall emissions reduction your subscription would generate.

Savings and emissions reductions are estimated and not guaranteed.

How much will it cost?

The subscription fee, called the Monthly Solar Capacity Charge, is $6.86 per kilowatt (kW) of solar.

The cost will be offset by a monthly credit, called the Solar Energy Credit, which is based on your share of power produced. A customer is credited at a rate of 5.603 cents/kWh of solar energy generated (in 2022, rising by 2% per year).

For example:

If your average monthly bill is $100, with 100% solar offset, the subscription would be 4 kW. Therefore, your monthly charge would be $27.44 (4 kW x $6.86), or $329.28 annually.

A subscription this size is estimated to generate 5,514 kWh in 2022, worth $308.96 (5,514 kWh x $0.05603/kWh). Your net costs in the first year would be approximately $20, averaging $1.66 a month.

Long term subscribers will begin to see net savings anticipated in year 6 and cumulative savings in year 9.

The credit always depends on the amount of solar energy generated and will vary each month. Use our community solar calculator to help you see the range of potential benefits of the program.

Credits are estimated and not guaranteed.

How do I sign up?

You can apply for a subscription by filling out the form on this page.

How much of my electricity bill can be offset with solar energy?

You can apply to offset up to 100% of your annual electricity consumption with solar energy, up to a maximum of 100 kW. For the average home, 7 - 10 kW will cover 100%.

We're working towards 60% renewable energy by 2022 and 80% by 2030. That means when you plug in your appliances, heat your home using electricity, or switch to an electric vehicle, you're plugging into a grid that's getting greener over time. The community solar garden gives customers an opportunity to offset the remaining portion of their energy use with clean energy generated from the solar garden.

What does a subscription look like on a power bill?

The solar subscription fee (called the Monthly Solar Capacity Charge) will be added to your regular power bill. Community solar charges and credits (called the Solar Energy Credit) will be added under the miscellaneous charges section and are subject to HST. 

Why does the total amount of monthly credits change every month?

The Solar Energy Credit is based on the actual energy generated from the sun, so it will vary based on the season and the weather. The value of the credit (5.603 cents/kWh in 2022) will remain the same through the year, rising each year by 2% each January 1.

Why is the monthly credit higher in the summer?

As daylight hours are longer in the summer, the Community Solar Garden will be able to generate more electricity, resulting in a greater credit in the summer.

What is the commitment once I sign up? Can I cancel my subscription?

There is no long-term commitment. You can contact the Smart Grid team to cancel at any time (smartgrid@nspower.ca).  

Subscribing to service from the Community Solar Garden is voluntary. 

How do I change or cancel my subscription?

Contact the Smart Grid team at smartgrid@nspower.ca or 902-428-6236 to modify or cancel your subscription.  

SUBSCRIBE NOW


If you're interested in taking part in the community solar garden program, subscribe now.

We’ll review your application and send you a subscription offer by email summarizing the amount of solar energy you'd like to receive, your monthly charge, and estimated credits. You'll have 5 days to confirm your subscription. Once you're officially enrolled, you'll receive a welcome email with additional information, and you'll begin to see the charge and credit on your power bill. There's no long-term contract, and you can cancel at any time.

Please note, there are limited spots available in the program. Currently, residential subscriptions are fully subscribed and any residential applications will be added to our waitlist. Commercial subscriptions are still available. Applicants on the waitlist will be contacted as soon as more solar energy becomes available.

 

 



Contact Us

Have more questions about our Community Solar Garden Pilot or our Smart Grid Nova Scotia program? Contact the team at smartgrid@nspower.ca or phone 902-428-6236.