Solar for Schools Program

The Solar for Schools Program (SFS) provides financial rebates to Alberta Public School Authorities who install solar photovoltaic (PV) systems on existing school facilities or land in their jurisdiction and complete a student education initiative as part of the project. For detailed information on eligibility requirements, available funding, and how to apply, please refer to the SFS Guidebook.

Who can participate?

  1. Schools within the province of Alberta which serve Kindergarten (K) and/or a set of grades 1-12 and report to School Authorities classified as Public, Separate, Francophone, and Charter by Alberta Education are eligible to participate in the SFS.
    • Schools within School Authorities defined as Private, Provincial, Federal, and First Nations are not eligible for the program

School Authorities can visit the Alberta Education Alberta Schools and Authorities website to determine if they meet the definition of a “School Authority” in the SFS.

What types of projects are eligible to receive funding through the SFS?

  • The system must be located on a facility or parcel of land wholly owned by the participating School Authority;
  • The system must be paid for and wholly owned by the participating School Authority;
  • The system must be grid-connected and compliant with the Government of Alberta’s Micro-generation Regulation (AR 27/2008);
  • The system must be greater than or equal to 2 kilowatts (kW DC PV array capacity);
  • The system must be designed and installed by a qualified installer (not self-installed) who is a member of either the Solar Energy Society of Alberta (SESA) or the Canadian Solar Industries Association (CanSIA), and all system components must meet the Canadian Standards Association (CSA) requirements for electrical safety or an equivalent certification to applicable Canadian standards;
  • The system must be a new installation, where “new” is defined as installations that have an interconnection approval from the wire service provider signed no earlier than March 14, 2018. Additionally, all components must be new and cannot have been sed in an energized solar array at any point in the past;
  • The same parcel/property (based on site ID) must not have received an incentive for a solar PV system under another provincial solar incentive program;
  • Expansions to existing systems installed prior to the launch of the SFS are eligible, however only the expansion portion of the system is eligible for funding.

What types of projects are ineligible to receive funding through the SFS?

  • Projects that are eligible for any other provincial solar incentive program
  • Projects that are seeking or have received funding from Alberta Education’s capital planning cycle Solar Technology System (STS) Initiative:
  • Projects located on facilities or land owned by any other entity than a School Authority, including but not limited to the private sector, municipalities, universities, hospitals, and the provincial or federal governments;
  • Projects located on temporary structures;
  • Off-grid solar PV projects;
  • Solar thermal projects;

How much funding is available?
Participants are eligible to receive a rebate per watt of total installed capacity ($/W), as per the table below. The rate tier is determined by the total installed capacity of a project submitted through a single SFS Application. 

Total Installed Capacity (DC) Rebate
<10 kilowatts $1.50/watt
10 kilowatts to <150 kilowatts $1.25/watt
150 kilowatts to <2 Megawatts $1.10/watt
2 Megawatts to 5 Megawatts $1.00/watt

The rebate provided by the MCCAC will not exceed 50% of eligible expenses.

School Authorities are eligible to submit multiple applications. To ensure equitable and geographic distribution of program funds, total funding distributed to schools within a given School Authority is capped at the lesser of:

  1. $3,000,000 in allocated funding to schools within the School Authority district; or
  2. 30% of schools within the School Authority district have been allocated program funds
    • In the event a single Project will result in greater than 30% of schools within the School Authority district being allocated program funds, the Project will be accepted.

All funding is issued after the MCCAC has verified that the project is complete. Funding is available on a first come, first served basis. 

How do I apply?
Interested participants are invited to submit an SFS Expression of Interest as a first non-commital step.

Upon receiving EOI confirmation and approval from the MCCAC, please proceed to the SFS Application.

Where do I find additional information?
Full program terms and conditions are available in the SFS Guidebook.

Inquiries may be directed to contact@mccac.ca.