Sask businesses to get up to 45% off solar panels with new federal incentive

Businesses now have 90 days to apply to get an additional 25% off a solar panel or renewable project thanks to a new program from the federal government.

So that combined with SaskPower’s 20% cash rebate for a solar panel project means businesses can get up to a combined 45% off a solar panel system!

PLUS, businesses can write off 100% of the remaining system cost in YEAR ONE thanks to the new accelerated depreciation program from the federal government.

That means your tax bill goes down…a lot, immediately.

Almost every business or incorporated farm in Saskatchewan will qualify, as long as they have 1-499 employees.

This is the solar incentive businesses have been waiting for!

AND, with your power bill going to basically ZERO, taking advantage of these incentives is truly a no-brainer.

But time is of the essence…and literally millions of dollars are at stake.

$218 million to be exact is available across Saskatchewan, Manitoba, New Brunswick and Ontario from carbon tax revenues.

The application period is 90 days starting July 17, 2019 or until funding is exhausted.

You’ll need a quote from a solar provider to submit the application.

Request one from us at: trugreenenergy.com/business-quote/ and we’ll help you or your staff with the application process through the Canada Revenue Agency.

Ideally, businesses have until October 15, 2019 to submit an application, but the incentive could end sooner if funds run out.*

So get this incredible combined 45% off incentive before it’s gone.

Then you’ll have almost two years to install a system, but you’ll have a massive discount secured.

So get your quote request in ASAP at: trugreenenergy.com/business-quote/

We’ll help you every step of the way through the process and answer all of your questions.

We’re very excited to help businesses save big money while making a big impact on the environment with this new incentive.

Your friends at TruGreen Energy

*Note: not all applications will be accepted by the federal government depending on the solar system size and other factors.

Beer and Sexy Green Energy Podcast With Rebellion Brewing Co

Have you been thinking about solar but still have many questions? Do you like beer?

Well, you’re at the right place!

Sit back and have a cold one with Rebellion Brewing and TruGreen Energy while we answer many questions about solar, talk about the benefits and all the money you could be saving.

A special thanks to Rebellion Brewing for having TruGreen Energy on the show and letting us answer some of the many questions people have.

 

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3 Massive Benefits Causing Saskatchewan’s Solar Panel Boom

For most of us, solar panels in Saskatchewan is a new concept.

We haven’t really thought about installing solar panels in between going to work, taking kids to activities and watching Saskatchewan Roughriders or Rush games.

Go Riders, Go Rush by the way.

But solar is booming across Saskatchewan.

For example, in less than two years, our company alone has helped over 250 homeowners, farmers and businesses go solar.

There are hundreds more that have recently installed solar according to SaskPower.

We believe the future of energy is production at the point of consumption.

All the power you likely need is falling on your roof or land right now; you just need to catch it.

Saskatchewan has the 2nd highest cost of power in Canada, but the best solar potential in Canada, thanks to our extra-long sunny days.

So with a green alternative, outstanding government incentives, proven tech and perfect location, it’s a no-brainer to harvest free energy in Saskatchewan.

And when you do go solar, massive benefits are the result. Here are the top 3:

 

1. SAVING THOUSANDS

The financial benefit is the main driver for 95% of our solar panel customers.

Going green is great but having A LOT of extra green in your pocket is really good too.

For most homeowners, they save upwards of $1,000 each year or much more.

For farmers and businesses, they are savings between $500 and $5,000 per month and beyond.

Doing the math, that’s $50,000 to over $2,000,000 in savings over their system’s roughly 35-year lifespan.

The savings come from reducing your power bill to the basic SaskPower connection fee, so as close to ZERO as possible.

It’s fun saying bye to your power bill, especially in Saskatchewan with some of the highest rates in Canada.

It also means NO MORE RATE HIKES for the next 35+ years, which people seem to like.

 

2. High yielding investment with incentives to get you started

9% is the average annual return on a solar investment if you pay cash. As most financial advisors will tell you, that’s very hard to get on the market these days.

But what if you don’t have the cash for the one-time investment?

Easy. We can finance solar panels at $0 DOWN.

Any financing costs are more than paid for by getting up to $20,000 back from SaskPower on your system’s cost.

So yes, you will have payments. But our goal is to keep those payments roughly what you’re already paying now.

The Result: A GREEN ENERGY ASSET PAID FOR WITH MONEY YOU WERE ALREADY SPENDING ON POWER.

That’s a sweet deal.

And there’s even more incentives for farmers and businesses. Contact us for more info.

 

 

3. Going green, plus increased property value

First, going green with solar is very rewarding.

Thinking about how your system (that’s making you money) will reduce 200+ tonnes of carbon emissions just feels good.

That’s like planting 5,000 trees or reducing your driving by 640,000 kms.

But getting solar panels also increases your property value, by 2-5% for homeowners.

People are attracted to solar because of the green and huge financial benefits.

Solar is now a selling feature for homes and other properties.

So even if you end up moving, you’ll likely get most or all of your cost back from installing a system.

In the end, going green in Saskatchewan makes sense. That’s why the Riders wear green!

You can get in for $0 DOWN, have a funeral for your power bill and save a bunch of money in the process.

It really is Cleaner. Cheaper. Power. and we want to help as many people take advantage as possible.

If you’re interested, the best step is to request a free quote.

We’d love to reach out and design a custom quote for your property with the help of our engineers.

 

 

Talk soon!

– Your friends at TruGreen Energy

Top 10 Questions You Need To Ask Your Solar Provider

Installing solar panels is a long-term investment for your home, and we at TruGreen Energy know how important it is for you to work with a company that you can trust.

But with so many companies out there claiming to “do solar” – it’s no wonder folks are having a difficult time deciding on who to work with.

So how can you tell if that company or person really has the experience and expertise to do the job right?

Well, here are the top 10 questions we recommend you ask ANY solar installer.

1. Are your systems designed by engineers?

Shading, pitch, roof orientation, panel amount, DC/AC disconnect, meter location, electrical box location and more.

You 100% want an engineer trained in solar panel system design to determine all of these components. And each system must be custom designed for the longevity, proper functioning and maximum efficiency of your system.

At TruGreen Energy, we collect photos of your roof with onsite visits and lean on our in-house engineers to create your custom system design.

2. Do you have a journeyman electrician on staff?

If they don’t, avoid them. In Saskatchewan, this is known as a red-seal trade – meaning that any electrical work done in your home needs to be supervised or completed by a journeyman electrician.

Some companies will only have a journeyman electrician show up for a quick inspection because it’s cheaper for them. But you want a company where the journeyman electrician is involved in the entire installation process.

That’s why at TruGreen Energy we have journey electricians on staff and involved in the entire process, so the job is done right, and your family stays safe. For us, this is a non-negotiable.

TO CONTINUE THIS CONVERSATION, MAKE SURE TO GET YOUR FREE QUOTE IN!

3. Do you install the system with in-house roofing professionals?

There are 3 types of companies here.

  1. They don’t use professional roofers in any way and can cause serious damage to your roof.
  2. They subcontract work to other roofers with no experience in solar, which can also be dangerous for your home.
  3. They have professional roofers on staff involved with the entire installation process.

Avoid the first two companies and focus on the third.

TruGreen Energy has roofing professionals on staff and we use the highest grade sealants and materials to protect your home.

4. Are the panels from a premium manufacturer with a 25-year warranty?

Truth is, not all panels are created equal – so buyer beware.

At TruGreen, we use premium panels from the top manufacturers backed by 25-year or more warranties.

Fun fact: our panels can withstand large-sized hail (just in case you were wondering) and are built for almost anything Saskatchewan weather can throw at them (including footballs during Rider season)!

5. Are you a local company who can help me if there’s an issue?

If you have an issue with your system, the last thing you need is to call your installer for help, but they are out in eastern Canada or that one-man operation has vanished without a trace.

TruGreen is owned and operated out of Emerald Park (near Regina). We are the fastest growing solar company in the province and have a great track record of serving Saskatchewan residents. We’re happy to have you visit our office and meet our staff!

We also share a portion of profits with local charities and we’re not going anywhere, anytime soon.

6. Can you show me how long it will take to pay off my system?

The solar provider must be able to show you the following:

– How long it will take to pay off my system (if financed)
– The savings on your SaskPower bill
– Your estimated production and net-metering with SaskPower

If the company can’t do that, there’s a good chance there’s flaws within their engineering process or they have no experience in Saskatchewan.

 

7. How much experience do you have working with SaskPower?

Ensure your solar provider has a good relationship with SaskPower and understands how their processes work. If not, there could be significant delays with your installation.

TruGreen Energy is a SaskPower Efficiency Partner and has worked closely with them on hundreds of installs to date.

8. How familiar are you with the permitting process with my municipality and will you take care of all the permits for me?

The permitting process can take a lot of time and patience to navigate through on your own. Not knowing how the permits work can delay install and result in unexpected fees.

At TruGreen, we take care of submitting and paying for all design and electrical permits with SaskPower and your municipality.

9. Can you provide me with customer reviews and testimonials and examples of other installations?

Seeing examples of work completed mixed with happy customers is a good sign. If a company is not able to produce this for you, look for someone else.

Curious about TruGreen Energy’s reviews? Hear from happy customers like Darren and Seema by visiting our testimonials page.

10. Can you show me the environmental impact on my system installation?

Going green needs to be more than a buzzword. You want to feel good about how your solar investment saves money and protects our planet. Your solar provider should feel the same way.

At TruGreen Energy, we give you a detailed report on how much CO2 your system takes out of the atmosphere and what that is equivalent to, like removing 600,000 vehicle miles from our roads (that’s just for the smaller systems!).

We believe the future of energy is production at the point of consumption.

As a company, we want to play the leading role in Saskatchewan’s accelerated transition to greener, more affordable energy future.

Thank you for your interest in purchasing solar energy for your home or business – we know you are making a great choice!

READY TO GET STARTED? REQUEST YOUR FREE QUOTE

We hope that this list of questions has provided you with valuable insight on how to make your smart decision even better by ensuring things are done right the first time with a company that you can trust.

  • Your TruGreen Energy Team

How to pay for solar with gov’t incentives & your power bill savings: 5 simple steps

Want solar but worried about the cost? Think you can’t afford it?

No problem. Use our quick 5-step guide below to stop worrying and start profiting from our abundant prairie sunshine for basically nothing…seriously!

For most people, they can get their own green energy asset without having to invest any new money of their own.

Here’s how:

  1. Request a free quote at trugreenenergy.com/quote-request/ – this allows us to determine if solar is a good fit for your property, and if so, custom design a system for you by our engineers.
  2. Talk to us about $0 DOWN solar financing so your upfront cost is nothing. We accept cash too of course :).
  3. Use SaskPower’s 20% cash back rebate to more than pay for any financing costs. Use the extra cash for another project or to lower your financing cost. Most people do the latter.
  4. Use SaskPower’s Net Metering program to earn credits when you overproduce energy to make your power bill microscopic.
  5. Use those savings on your power bill to pay off your green energy asset.

BONUS IF YOU OWN A BUSINESS: Businesses can write off 100% of their solar system cost in that fiscal year through the recently updated Accelerated Depreciation Program with the Canada Revenue Agency. So, you can drastically reduce your taxable income and save big money on your taxes that year, rather than over 3 years previously.

That’s it! Seriously! No new money needs to be spent for you to get solar.

To review:

  1. Your 20% cash back pays for any financing costs for a system, which includes install and any permits/fees. So, no new money is needed there.
  2. Use the savings on your power bill to pay the monthly financing fees until your green energy asset is paid off. So, you’re just reinvesting dollars you were already spending on power.

THE END RESULT: You become a green energy producer and can profit from the prairie sunshine for the next 25+ years.

And with solar being more efficient and affordable than ever before, there’s never been a better time to invest. Many of our customers are calling it a “no-brainer”…and we agree!

If you want to take advantage of these incentives before they’re gone and get your system installed soon, request a quote below today.

There’s a big demand for solar right now and it takes time to get your system designed and installed. So get that quote request in today and we can follow-up to answer any of your question!

We hope that helps you profit with Cleaner. Cheaper. Power.

– Your TruGreen Energy Team

5 Ways Your Business Can Profit from Solar in 2019

Saskatchewan now has the second highest power rates in Canada, and they keep climbing.

That’s why many businesses and farmers are cashing in on generous provincial and federal incentives to slash their power bills while at the same time lowering their tax bill with solar.

Here’s how:

1. Lower your overhead by making your power bill microscopic

SaskPower offers a solar program called Net Metering that allows you to bank credits when you overproduce power (usually in the summer) so you can spend those credits later when you need them (usually in the winter).

That means you have microscopic power bills throughout the entire year resulting in noticeable cost savings.

2. Slash that tax bill with the new Bonus Accelerated Depreciation from the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA)

Yes, we typed that right – a lower tax bill! Click here for all the nitty gritty details on the Government of Canada website.

But in short, you can now write off the entire cost of a solar system in the current tax year instead of over 5 years.

That can be a significant deduction to your taxable income.

Here’s an example from CRA to further explain how this works:

“Warehouse Inc. is a distributor of refrigerated goods, with a large warehouse that requires significant amounts of energy. In order to offset a portion of its electricity requirements, Warehouse Inc. invests in a solar array with solar panels costing $500,000.
Immediate expensing will allow Warehouse Inc. to deduct its entire capital investment in the first year, as opposed to $125,000 under current rules, resulting in federal-provincial tax savings of about $100,000. These tax savings will allow Warehouse Inc. to invest in new forklifts for its warehouse.”

Can’t believe we’re saying this… but… thanks CRA!!

3. Get 20% cash back from SaskPower

SaskPower rebates $0.61 per watt, which works out to about 20% of your total system costs up to a maximum of $20,000.
I don’t know about you, but I could sure put that $20,000 to good use in my business!

4. Shield your company from rising energy costs

What if you could have locked in your power bill at the amount you paid 20 years ago? How much would you have saved?

With solar, you lock in your energy rate at a much lower cost than you’re currently paying with the grid for the lifetime of your system.

That means much lower and stable energy costs for the next 25+ years.

As a business owner, we know you want to do everything in your “power” to protect your business from any rising costs, because it affects your bottom line. Solar does just that.

5. Go green for the greater good

In Saskatchewan, we all know green is the colour, but football certainly isn’t the only green game!

Social and environmentally conscious shoppers are on the rise — so take a moment and ask yourself, how is my business doing in this area?

Advertising your green initiatives is good for business in 2019.

All in all, solar is an attractive investment for businesses that is good for the environment and saves money for 25+ years with immediate tax benefits.

It really is CLEANER. CHEAPER. POWER.

If you’re interested in powering your business with solar, request a free quote below and we’ll chat soon.

– Your friends at TruGreen Energy

Saskatchewan best place to save money with solar in Canada: NEB study

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Regina is a great place for solar, among the best in Canada

Saskatchewan ranks first among provinces, tied with PEI, as the best place to install solar panels to save money in Canada, according to a new National Energy Board (NEB) economic study (National Post, November 28, 2018).

The study looked at 200,000 communities across every province and found the following:

1. Saskatchewan has more hours of sunlight than almost anywhere
2. The cost of electricity in Saskatchewan is among the highest in Canada

The study goes on to conclude:

It is cheaper for Saskatchewan homeowners to produce power with solar than to purchase power from the grid.

It makes sense with solar being cheaper and more efficient than ever before and our high and rising cost of traditional power.

Additionally, the NEB study didn’t take into consideration the new incentives from SaskPower, which makes solar even more attractive in our province.

On November 27, 2018, SaskPower announced that:

1. The 20% cash back program on solar installations scheduled to expire in 2018, has been extended to November 30, 2021
2. You can now bank credits with SaskPower when you overproduce power (called Net Metering) for three (3) years now instead of just one (1) year

SaskPower has clearly committed long-term to encouraging more solar use.

They’ve recognized solar as a great way for homeowners, farmers and businesses to save money while helping the province go green.

There’s more evidence all the time that Saskatchewan is the perfect place for Cleaner, Cheaper, Power.

If you’re interested in learning more, request a FREE QUOTE at: trugreenenergy.com/quote-request

– Your friends at TruGreen Energy

GET IT BEFORE IT’S GONE: 20% Cash Back Solar Ends Nov 30. BUT…there’s a work around

So good news and bad news. The bad news is, getting 20% cash back on your system from SaskPower officially ends November 30, 2018. BUT, there’s good news too.

All you need to do is apply for the solar rebate by November 30, 2018 and you get until November 30, 2019 to install a system and get the 20% cash back.

That’s a big deal and a generous offer. But you need to get that application started ASAP.

We handle the paperwork for you, so no worries there. Just request your free quote and we’ll meet with you and talk through all the details.

There’s no risk in applying, but there is a big risk if you don’t apply by November 30, 2018 and miss out on thousands in savings.

And there’s never been a better time to get solar. Why?

  1. You don’t need any money to get started

TruGreen offers $0 down systems starting as low as $79/month. Then use that 20% cash back to cover any financing costs and payments for two years in most cases or longer!

  1. Microscopic power bills all year round with SaskPower net metering.

This SaskPower program called “Net Metering” doesn’t expire and allows you to bank credits when you overproduce power in the summer and then spend those credits in the winter. So you always have a low bill.

  1. More affordable, efficient and durable than ever

Solar tech is now more affordable and efficient than ever, especially for homeowners. While energy rates rise around the world, yours stay low.

Plus, the panels are tough and can withstand large hail storms. There’s a reason panels come with 25+ year warranties.

  1. Increase the value of your home.

Microscopic power bills are attractive to many potential buyers.

  1. Going green. Emissions = Zero

Solar is hot right now. We’ve received over 2,500 quote requests in 2018 so far. Make sure you’re the first on your block to get solar…and save yourself 20% by acting fast!

Request that free quote ASAP.

We just have to make sure your property is a good fit for solar and then you’re off to the low power bill races.

– Your friends at TruGreen Energy

SaskPower Increasing Their Rates

The Saskatchewan Rate Review Panel is recommending SaskPower reduce a rate increase scheduled to take effect at the start of January.

On Monday, the regulator recommended a 3.5 per cent increase in the new year. This is after a five per cent increase on July 1 that was authorized by the government.

For the average residential customer, their monthly bill will rise by $3.71 on Jan 1. An average urban small commercial customer will see an extra $10.13 on their bill and a typical urban standard customer will see an increase of $114.80. An average large industrial customer will have an extra $14,703.50 on their bill.

SaskPower originally submitted a rate application that included a five per cent increase in July followed by another five per cent increase on Jan. 1, 2017.

The Crown corporation said the increases were necessary as SaskPower needs to update and refurbish existing infrastructure, as well as build new power generation and increase distribution capacity for the future.

SaskPower said it will take approximately $1 billion per year over the next ten years to maintain and renew the company’s generation, transmission and distribution services. These include making expanding the system to include renewable energy.

The corporation said capital expenditures will account for a rate increase of approximately three per cent ANNUALLY.

For 2017, however, the Saskatchewan Rate Review Panel said that the second increase should be reduced to 3.5 per cent to soften the impact of two increases in six months.

Al Johnston, chair of the panel, said there were concerns from the public and industrial users that a 10 per cent increase over six months was too much and too quick.

“That was the basic message, that they needed more time, particularly the big industrial customers and commercial customers that use a lot of power,” Johnston said.

“We wanted to make sure that there was adequate time for everybody to make whatever adjustments they need to.”

The panel said the recommendation will finally impact SaskPower and said the company will have to find areas to reduce expense or enhance other revenue sources.

“SaskPower has some expenses, which they can potentially control by cutbacks, not replacing staff, those sorts of things,” Johnston said.

“We are recognizing that SaskPower will have to find some ways to make up that difference if they want to achieve the return on equity that they are targeting.”

The panel has also recommended SaskPower limit the increase in operating, maintenance and administration costs, per customer, to one-half the increase of the Saskatchewan Consumer Price Index, or inflation.

Other recommendations include increasing stakeholder participation in the next cost of service study and rebalance rates between the different types of customers, demand and energy charges based on a cost of service study.

The panel also said SaskPower should prepare its load forecast, cost of service study and resource plan for the public during future rate applications.

“SaskPower has got to make a lot of changes over the next number of years in order to meet the 50 per cent renewable guideline by 2030,” Johnston said.

“I think that’s important that everyone understands what those changes are going to be and what the rate impacts potentially may be so that it’s not a big surprise when rate increases come along.”

Source: Global News

Germany Transitions to Renewables

Germany is Phasing out Nuclear for Renewables

Years ago, Germany made a huge decision to make an effort to replace controversial  nuclear power plants with renewable energy generators such as Solar, wind, and hydro.

 

The decision was made in an effort to completely eliminate nuclear waste, as well as the potential for nuclear disasters such as the very memorable disaster in Fukushima, Japan.

 

This step towards a more environmentally friendly power grid, may seem like a pricey one to anyone this may be news to, though this is not the case.  Germany exports a large amount of electricity to neighboring countries (much more than it imports). This results in a profit rather than a loss. In 2015 alone, the surplus (exports minus imports) was €2.07bn.

 

On certain days, 80% of the electricity in Germany is generated from renewable energies. In 2015, 30% of the electricity consumed was provided by wind, solar, biomass, hydro and waste energy, which makes renewables our largest energy source.

 

These numbers prove that electricity from renewables is no longer a niche product and that the energy transition (“Energiewende” in German) is taking place at a rapid pace.

 

Recently an article that painted Germany as an example of why NOT to unplug from gas and coal, was proved wrong, as it was shown that Germany sold its electricity for so cheap because of how little it costs to generate, and it only pays a premium for its electricity because Germany hardly ever imports it, as they can produce so much at home.

 

This is an amazing example of how it is indeed possible to transition from nuclear energy in this case, to environmentally friendly methods. This transition will be seen as a world trend starter years from now, and will be seen as a historical moment.

 

See more about this article here: http://www.bdlive.co.za/opinion/2016/08/24/germany-a-pioneer-of-viable-renewables