The Alberta government is investing over $5 million to help municipalities make the move to solar power. This investment is part of Alberta’s Climate Leadership Plan.
The Municipal Climate Change Action Centre is receiving the money for its solar energy incentive program entitled the
. This program provides rebates of up to $0.75 per watt to a maximum of $300,000 per project, to municipalities for installing solar on municipal buildings.
Additionally, a program entitled the On-Farm Solar Management Program has been designed for agricultural producers, however the program, which offered $500,000 in both provincial and federal funding for solar energy on Alberta farms, is presently suspended. “It will re-open later this year, however the exact opening date and budget are still unknown,” explained Kelly Lund, research engineer, On-Farm Energy Systems.
The investment is expected to create jobs in the project design and construction sectors, while supporting jobs and growth in the renewable energy supply chain.