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Program purpose statement
The program provides funding towards solar photovoltaics on Alberta farms. This enables producers to conserve non-renewable fossil fuels and reduce carbon emissions, ultimately reducing the environmental footprint of Alberta’s agriculture industry.
The Growing Forward 2 Solar Photovoltaics Program addresses two important industry priorities:
- Improved environmental stewardship. When producers make investments in clean energy and reduced carbon emissions, they are recognized for their commitment to sustainable practices.
- Improved energy management. Producers who install photovoltaic systems tend to take a renewed interest in their electricity usage; this leads to additional efficiency investments.
What kinds of PV Systems are eligible?
To be eligible for funding, a photovoltaic system must be:
- Grid-tied, not off-grid
- Approved under Alberta’s Micro-Generation legislation
- Positioned to optimized sunshine and minimize shading
- Have manufacturer-warranties on: Solar Modules, Racking, Inverters and/or Micro-Inverters
- Producing power that is used in the production of a primary commodity
Residential and Commercial
This program is available for customers with electricity service and properties located in Alberta that meet the following requirements:
- Interconnection approval from the Wire Service Provider (WSP) signed on or after April 15, 2017
- The solar photovoltaic (PV) system must be grid connected in accordance with Alberta’s Micro-Generation Regulation (AR27/2008)
- System must not be eligible for the Alberta Municipal Solar Program (AMSP), the Alberta Indigenous Solar Program, Growing Forward On-Farm Solar Photovoltaics Program, or any other provincial solar incentive program that may follow
- Must not have received an incentive for a solar PV system on the same parcel/property (based on site ID) under this program or another provincial solar incentive program
- Combined incentives from government programs must not exceed 100% of eligible system cost
- Must own the property or have long-term rights to the property with sufficient solar exposure
- System is designed and installed by a qualified installer (not self-installed) and system components meet the Canadian Standards Association (CSA) requirements for electrical safety, or equivalent certification to applicable Canadian standards.
- Complete Terms and Conditions will be available at program launch.
|Residential ($/watt)||Commercial or Non-Profit ($/watt)|
|0 to 15 kW||$0.75/watt|
|0 to 5 MW||$0.75/watt|
|Maximum payable incentive||The lesser of $10,000 or 30% of eligible system costs||The lesser of $500,000 or 25% of eligible system costs|
Alberta Indigenous Solar Program
The Alberta Indigenous Solar Program (AISP) is a program that provides grants to Alberta Indigenous communities or Indigenous organization to install solar photovoltaic (PV) systems on facilities owned by the community or organization.
The program supports solar power projects that assist in:
- increasing Indigenous participation in Climate Leadership initiatives that reduce community greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions
- the transition to a lower carbon economy
- creating more sustainable community energy generation
- equipping Indigenous communities with information to support them in investing in solar energy infrastructure
- First Nation communities, Metis Settlements Metis Nation of Alberta and the Aseniwuche Winewak Nation
- Indigenous-led organizations, including Friendship Centres and Indigenous community-owned businesses
- Applicants must be in compliance with the terms and conditions of any previous Alberta Indigenous Relations funding
- Applicant communities or organizations must be located in the Province of Alberta
Projects eligible for funding
AISP grant funding supports projects that:
- are compliant with the Government of Alberta’s Micro-generation Regulation 27/2008 (for grid-connected projects)
- are greater than or equal to two kilowatts (kW DC PV array capacity) and less than or equal to one megawatt (MW DC PV array capacity) in installation capacity
- For projects between one to five megawatts in capacity, communities or organizations are encouraged to apply for the Alberta Indigenous Green Energy Development Program (AIGEDP).
- have a cost under $ 3.25 per watt. This requirement may be waved in exceptional situations on a case-by-case basis
- are completed within one (1) year of the signing of the grant application
- are new installations, where “new” is defined as installations that are completed and operational (energized) after the Indigenous Relations Climate Leadership grant application is approved.
- The call for submissions will open June 30, 2017 and will remain open for submission until program funding is exhausted.
- AISP provides funding for up to 80% of eligible expenses up to a maximum of $200,000 per project.
- Applicants can access other non-Government of Alberta funded programs to cover the remaining 20% of the project costs. The maximum funding stacking level is 100% of eligible costs.
- All funding sources should be clearly identified in the project budget.
Once the Application letter is received, the following process is implemented:
- An assessment will be conducted by Indigenous Relations to ensure the application letter and other documents content the required information
- An assessment will confirm applicant eligibility and suitability with the Alberta Indigenous Solar Program
Additional information may be requested if an application is incomplete. Applicants will be informed of any deficiencies and will be given two weeks to provide the additional information.
Note: All AISP grant applications are subject to Ministerial approval.