EQUS has prepared a list of preferred suppliers to help members become solar micro-generators.
Through this program, EQUS members are able to select from a list of pre-qualified solar suppliers, all of whom provide service throughout the EQUS Service Area, meet our safety standards, and have expressed interest in providing a turnkey solar PV package to EQUS members to simplify the process of becoming a micro-generator. Some suppliers also offer incentives for EQUS members.
Solar Preferred Supplier Program Steps
- Member contacts a preferred solar supplier
- The chosen supplier conducts a site assessment and provides detailed design and quotation
- Member decides on financing option with EQUS, if desired
- Upon member's approval, the supplier proceeds with micro-generation application and building, development and electrical permits
- Supplier installs member's solar PV system
- Electrical and building inspections
- System walk through, delivery of operation manuals and warranties, and finally, energization!
Preferred Supplier Program Frequently Asked Questions
What is EQUS’ Solar Preferred Supplier Program?
Through a Request for Proposals process, EQUS has prepared a list of pre-qualified suppliers servicing rural Alberta. This is to help easily connect EQUS members who are interested in becoming micro-generators with a reputable contractor to supply and install a solar system for them. It also provides a streamlined process from start to finish, helping make the application and installation process as smooth as possible.
These suppliers are knowledgeable in EQUS' micro-generation process to guide members through it from start to finish.
I’d like to install a solar PV system, but have another contractor I want to work with – or I’m thinking of installing the system myself – can I do that?
EQUS’ Preferred Solar Supplier Program is intended to help members easily connect with a reputable contractor; however, members may use another contractor if they wish to do so. The standard micro-generation application and approval process will apply in any case.
Who do I call if I have problems with the solar panels specifically or if I have a concern about the installation?
A contract is signed between the preferred supplier and yourself. This contract outlines the responsibilities of the contractor in regards to all of your installation concerns. Your satisfaction is first and foremost at EQUS so please let us know if you have any problems with your installation or the process. EQUS will be doing a follow up with all members to ensure that the preferred contractor is providing the premium service to the member that EQUS expects. EQUS will provide feedback to the preferred supplier for every micro-generation system installed.
If I work with a contractor who is not the preferred supplier, or install a solar system myself, am I still eligible for financing and/or incentives?
All EQUS members who are installing a solar PV system are eligible to apply for the incentives and to apply for EQUS financing options.
Members are free to purchase electricity services from a retailer of their choice. For a list of retailers, visit http://www.ucahelps.alberta.ca or call 310.4822 (toll free in Alberta).