Alberta creating jobs with solar power
By Top Crop Manager
Feb. 5, 2016 - As part of its Climate Leadership Plan, the Alberta government is investing more than $5 million to help municipalities and farmers harness the power of the sun and support good local jobs.
A news release today states the investment will help build Alberta's green energy sector, including creating jobs in the project design and construction sectors, while supporting jobs and growth in the renewable energy supply chain.
Five million dollars is earmarked for the Municipal Climate Change Action Centre for a solar energy incentive program – the Alberta Municipal Solar Program. This program will provide rebates of up to $0.75 per watt, to a maximum of $300,000 per project, to municipalities for installing solar on municipal buildings, such as offices, fire halls, community centres and more.
A new solar program for agricultural producers – On-Farm Solar Management – will provide $500,000 in provincial and federal funding towards solar energy systems on Alberta farms. The program will help producers generate their own electricity and reduce their carbon emissions.
The Alberta Municipal Solar Program opens for applications on March 1. The On-Farm Solar Management program's application window opens on February 8.