Electric planser is back in business.
The Calgary electrician has returned to work after a short hiatus to help customers navigate their electric bills.
He will work from home from next week and is confident that the work will pay off in the long run.
The Alberta government has extended the deadline for electricians to apply for the reinsurance program.
The reinsurance will cover the cost of repairs to your home and help you reduce your electric bills for up to four years.
The program is a temporary fix, but it’s not all bad news.
“We know that some of our customers are very upset that the program has ended and they are not eligible for the new program,” said Alberta Premier Rachel Notley.
“The program has been very successful in helping customers with their bills and we are working with the companies that administer it to make sure they are reimbursed.”
The reinsurers that administer the reinsuring program will pay out a percentage of the total value of your home if your home has been damaged by a direct or indirect solar eclipse.
The companies that manage the program will get a cut of the net price paid to the government.
“Our goal is to make solar energy as affordable as possible for Albertans and we will continue to work to reduce our carbon footprint and reduce our electricity bills,” said Notley in a statement.
Alberta will be the first province to launch a solar program after the national solar event.
“Solar energy has been on the rise in Alberta for years and now we’re seeing the benefits of a renewable energy portfolio,” said not-for-profit solar installer Brian Wiebe.
“People are going to be able to use their energy for more than just heating and cooling.
They’re going to use it to power their homes, as well as to generate electricity.”
For now, the province’s program will cover your home with a solar roof, a solar power plant and a solar panel.
The province is currently testing a system that will pay for all repairs through the reinsurer.
A similar program is being rolled out in Alberta and Quebec.
A government spokesperson says the provincial government has made it clear that if a homeowner does not receive a solar energy insurance, they will not be eligible for a refund.
Alberta’s solar program is not without problems.
While some homeowners are still receiving some subsidies from the government, the program is still at risk of being cancelled.
There are a number of challenges that need to be addressed before the reinsurers start making payments, said Notahs spokesperson.
“There is still a fair amount of uncertainty with the program and we’re hopeful that the reinsures program will work out well for Albertan households,” she said.
“But as the program moves forward, we need to make certain that all homeowners are protected.”
Alberta Premier Notley has been clear about the program’s future.
“Albertans deserve to know that if they have a solar system in their home, they’ll receive a rebate, and that’s what we’re doing,” she told CBC News on Wednesday.
“So there will be no change in the program, so homeowners will be able continue to use the solar power that they already have.”
Alberta’s energy minister says the province will make sure the reinsure program is financially sound.
“In light of recent events, the Alberta government is working with its stakeholders to review the reinsurances program and to make adjustments to make it financially sound,” said Energy Minister Cameron Friesen.
“This program is designed to help ensure Albertans can continue to enjoy the benefits they have always enjoyed and the tax incentives that we offer will continue.”
The province has offered a 30 per cent rebate to homeowners who get the solar energy, which is more than double the provincial rebate.
Alberta has been the first to launch its solar program and has been hailed as the safest place to live in Canada.
But it has faced criticism that it is too reliant on a government program that may not last.
The Canadian Solar Energy Association said last month that it was concerned that the government would be forced to end the reinsured program in order to keep the government’s tax breaks.
“These programs are supposed to be used to help Canadians like Albertans pay their electricity bills, but the incentives are simply too generous to allow them to do so,” said the CSEA in a press release.