Funding now available through the Municipal Community Generation Challenge

March 15, 2019

Alberta Innovates and the Municipal Climate Change Action Centre are proud to announce the Municipal Community Generation Challenge. Municipalities across the province have an opportunity to play a prominent role in supporting Alberta’s energy transition by developing their own renewable energy projects. 

The Municipal Climate Change Action Centre (MCCAC) in partnership with Alberta Innovates (AI) is looking for Alberta municipalities to provide sustainable solutions that move municipalities towards low carbon community scale electricity generation leading to installation of a community generation facility.

A total of $10 million is available to Alberta municipalities through this challenge. The MCCAC is investing up to $7 million and Alberta Innovates is investing up to $3 million for a total possible total of $10 million in funding for one or multiple projects.

The Municipal Community Generation Challenge will see the development of a new renewable electricity generation project(s) which produces a significant community benefit in the form of reduced greenhouse gas emissions, diversification of the local economy and whose data and knowledge can then be transferred to other Municipalities within the Province.

Community generation refers to renewable and alternative energy that is distribution system-connected which provides benefits to communities. Community generation allows communities and citizens to directly participate in energy projects through full or partial ownership of the projects. Participation in community generation projects gives Municipalities the ability to access renewable energy and generate long-term revenue by selling electricity to the grid.

Community scale low carbon electricity generation (community generation) in Alberta includes renewable and alternative energy sources derived from but not limited to:

  • Solar Photovoltaics (PV)
  • Fuel cells
  • Wind
  • Small-scale hydro
  • Biomass
  • Geo-thermal

The Government of Alberta has passed the Small Scale Generation Regulation which outlines the rules to enable community generation projects including definitions, set-up, and operation. These rules reduce regulatory and financial barriers for community generation project. Municipalities and other partners are strongly advised to download these regulations, as AI and the MCCAC will only support those proposals that comply with the Regulations given herein. Please see Small Scale Generation Regulation.

This challenge will occur in four stages:

  • Stage 1: Municipalities submit a Letter of Interest (LOI) and applicants meeting program eligibility will move on to Stage 2.
  • Stage 2: Municipalities will form a network which will develop an Expression of Interest (EOI) and successful EOI’s will move on to Stage 3.
  • Stage 3: Municipalities and their network will submit a Full Project Proposal (FPP) and selected FPP’s will be offered an Investment Agreement
  • Stage 4: The successful project(s) will execute the Investment Agreement and initiate the project

Please note for those Municipalities who have been successful in obtaining a grant through the MCCAC’s Community Generation Capacity Building Program, any project deliverables that have been funded under that grant agreement are not eligible for funding under this Challenge and workplan and milestones should be separated accordingly.

For more information about the Municipal Community Generation Challenge, review the Program Guide and please contact:

Garth Likes, Director - Alberta Small Business Innovation and Research Initiative by email at garth.likes@albertainnovates.ca or phone at 780-450-5415.

Marc Baxter, Program Lead – Municipal Climate Change Action Centre by email at mbaxter@mccac.ca or phone at 780-643-5639.