Solar contractors who participate the Solar City program are selected by the property owner and reimbursed by the municipality.
As a contractor, your involvement in the program will follow these steps:
Step 1: Selection and eligibility
- Receive request for quote and assessment from property owner.
Property owners have a general solar contractor selection guideline to help them through the assessment and installation process. Property owners are encouraged to seek at least three quotes to ensure they receive a fair estimate. The municipality does not recommend or specify individual service providers for the program.
You can contact the Solar City office to confirm the property owner has been approved for financing and is therefore eligible to participate under the terms of the agreement with the municipality.
Step 2: Quotation and assessment
- Provide property owner with a quotation and solar energy assessment. The solar energy assessment should include detailed energy savings and costs similar to the one shown here.
- Receive confirmation from property owner to proceed with the proposed solar energy system.
- Provide Solar City office the following documents for review:
- Proof of valid general liability insurance with a minimum of $1,000,000 in coverage.
- Clearance letter from the Workers Compensation Board.
- An active registry ID with the Nova Scotia Registry of Joint Stock Companies.
- An accepted quotation that has been signed by the property owner.
- Full equipment specifications.
- Proof that equipment specified is CSA certified (or equivalent).
- Solar energy assessment.
- HRM Solar building permit application.
- Nova Scotia Power Enhanced Net Metering Application (if applicable).
Step 3: System installation
- Receive confirmation from Solar City office to proceed with system installation.
- Apply for relevant permits and complete installation of solar energy system.
Step 4: Project close out
Please note: The municipality requires a monitoring system be installed with all solar electricity systems. The Solar City program requires the data from the monitoring system in order to collect data on the project success. This data records aggregate reports on system return on investment, power produced, and greenhouse gas reductions. The ongoing data collection will verify actual produced power and energy savings, and going forward will be used to help improve the municipality's local solar energy industry.
Step 5: Payment
The Solar City office will review the project completion report and verify the installation as per the original assessment. Once the office deems the report acceptable, it will approve payment to the contractor. Invoices will be paid by the municipality within 30 days of the approved project completion report. The municipality will not reimburse the solar contractor more than 5% of the original quoted price.