Just over six months ago, the Municipal Climate Change Action Centre (MCCAC) launched the Alberta Municipal Solar Program (AMSP). The AMSP is a first of its kind program that provides financial rebates to Alberta municipalities who install solar photovoltaics (PV) on municipal facilities or land.
To date, the program has supported 9 projects across Alberta and a further 27 projects have active Expression of Interest submissions. As a part of ongoing program evaluation, the MCCAC is now implementing two updates to increase the accessibility and effectiveness of the AMSP:
1. Maximum rebate of $300,000 per project removed
The AMSP was launched with a maximum funding rebate cap of $300,000 per project. This rebate cap helped ensure that sufficient funding would be available early in the program to support small and mid-sized projects. At this time, the cap is longer required and has been removed. Projects up to 1MW of installed capacity will now receive the full AMSP rebate. For example, a 1MW project will now be eligible for a rebate of up $450,000 (rebates cannot exceed 20% of eligible expenses).
2. Early Applicant Bonus
To recognize and incent early action, the MCCAC will provide a $0.15/watt bonus to all participants who have completed a successful application (signed Funding Agreement) prior to February 1, 2017.
This bonus will be calculated based on the total installed capacity of the system and will be applied on top of the standard AMSP rebate.
Visit the Alberta Municipal Solar Program page for more details.