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What is Solar City?

Completed in March 2015, the Solar City pilot program offers Halifax homeowners an innovative water heating option, which can be financed through a new solar collector account with the Halifax Regional Municipality.

Any questions on the next steps of the program, currently under consideration by Regional Council, can be forward to

Check out the 5 easy steps to getting your solar water system then register for the program.

The program offers:

  • Installation of solar water heater
  • Innovative financing for up to 10 years through the Halifax Regional Municipality
  • Average yearly savings of $425
  • 7-9% return on investment over 25+ year lifespan
  • Typical lifetime savings of over $20,000!
  • Optional real-time monitoring system
  • Average yearly greenhouse gas reductions of 1,700 kg

Is solar right for your home?

Get an idea of your home's solar potential with our new Solar Map of the Halifax region. The Solar Map is an early starting point. If you're interested in solar, you should register for the Solar City Program and get a free solar site assessment that is specific to your home.

Register for Solar City


HRM's 1st Solar Fiesta!


On March 1st, 2014, the Solar City Program hosted the Solar Fiesta to celebrate our 1st year anniversary and were joined by the Honourable Andrew Younger (Energy Minister) and Deputy Mayor Darren Fisher, as well as more than 400 enthusiastic attendees! We also formally re-opened program registration for the first time and had a lot of solar interest with more than 1,000 new registrations. Please have a look at our Solar Fiesta presentation, which includes a lot of good information and photos of various types of solar water heater installations.

How does the Solar City Program work?

There are Five Easy Steps to participating in the Solar City Program.

The first step is signing up for a free site assessment to see if Solar City is right for you. This is a first come, first serve application process. Depending on where you are in the queue, your free solar site assessment should be within the next few months. You will be contacted to arrange a date and time for one of our assessors to visit your home.

Have questions? We've tried to address the ones we get most often in our Frequently Asked Questions section.

About the Pilot Program

Halifax Regional Council approved the program on December 11, 2012. The $8.3 million Solar City Program is using an innovative financing and delivery mechanism allowing the municipality to provide turn-key installations for up to a 1,000 solar water heating systems to homeowners. Learn more about this innovative program on these web pages.

The Solar City Program's First Year

By February 2014, 241 homes had participated in the Solar City Program; by comparison, in 2012, just 52 homes in the Halifax region had solar systems installed. As of mid-January, over 1,000 homes had a free solar assessment.

First year of Solar City

I'm registered in the program, what's next for me?

Are you a registered homeowner and wanting to learn more? Check out the Already Registered page or the FAQs. We also recommend attending one of our open houses.

In the News


  • Municipal staff have collaborated with Dalhousie University to create the first city level Solar Map in Canada! This is a really exciting new tool for homeowners to explore solar in their neighborhood. Learn more about the Halifax region's Solar Map here!
  • Check out all the latest news in our newest Solar City Bulletin #7! Not on our e-mail distribution list and want to subscribe? Send us an e-mail to and we can send you all the latest news as it happens.
  • Ten Solar City Open Houses have already been held with great success. More than 450 people attended these sessions to learn about Solar City. More Open Houses will be coming in the future....
  • Want to see more news or an archive? Click here.


Want to receive Solar City Bulletins?

Please visit our subscription link and enter your e-mail address to be added to our distribution list. If at any time you wish to be removed from the Solar City Program and our mailing list for quarterly bulletins, please unsubscribe.

Frequently Asked Questions

Check out our Frequently Asked Questions.

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PO Box 1749, Halifax, NS, B3J 3A5