The Save On Energy Retrofit program is offering an incentive of up to $860,000 to Ottawa businesses to add Distributed Energy Resources (DERs) to their facilities.

Home Depot solar panels, Brampton, Ontario
Net Zero building solar panels, Belleville, Ontario

What’s the Ottawa DER Large Solar PV Funding Incentive and Why Is It Being Offered?

Through its regional planning process, The Ontario Government has identified the Ottawa-area grid as electricity-constrained. The province has also determined new solar generation to be the best solution for reducing demand on the grid. And they are willing to pay for it with direct cash incentives to local businesses.

Businesses that install at least 50 kW of solar will qualify to get 50% of their solar project costs covered by this incentive program.

Who Qualifies for the Save ON Solar Incentive?

Any Ottawa business located in one of the postal codes listed below automatically qualifies! The solar must be intended for load displacement only, so the amount of power generated cannot exceed the maximum load of the facility.

The systems must be mounted on a new or existing rooftop or wall and must be “behind-the-meter” – meaning that the system cannot be part of a net metering contract with the local hydro company.

Solar Panel
Dymon Storage Installation


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Manage Energy Peaks, Save Money

Act Now!

  • Registration for this program is only open from January 2024 to December 2024.
  • Ottawa businesses need to act quickly! This is a Limited Time Offer!

Business Case

  • Energy Independence & Security
  • Protection against every-increasing hydro rates
  • Emissions/GHG Reduction

This is a BIG incentive with a BIG impact

  • Financing is included
  • 30% annual Return On Investment
  • 3-4 year payback
  • “Stackable” with the 30% Investment Tax Credit AND accelerated CCA

Your Business can Reduce Costs, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, and Constraints On the Electricity Grid.


The registration for this program is only open from January 2024 to December 2024. Given expected uptake, later applications will not get approved. Ottawa businesses need to act quickly! Follow these steps to get your funding:

Step 1

Contact an Otter Energy Program Advisor today

Step 2

Work with Otter Energy, Hydro Ottawa and Save On Energy to register

Step 3

Once registered, Otter Energy will finalize the Engineering, Procurement and Construction Agreements