Alberta Municipal Solar Program

Funding Programs

Receive rebates for installing grid-connected solar photovoltaic (PV) systems on municipally-owned facilities or land and completing a public engagement activity as part of the project. Municipalities can receive rebates that cover up to 30% of project costs!

First time applying? An additional bonus rebate of $0.25/watt is available to municipalities that have not previously participated in the program for their first project. The First-time Applicant Bonus will be capped at a maximum of $250,000.

How much funding is available?

Municipalities can submit multiple applications, but each municipality can only apply for rebates up to $1,500,000 including any bonuses. Receive a rebate per watt of total installed capacity ($/W), as per the table below.

Total Installed Capacity (DC)

Rebate

<10 kilowatts

$0.90/watt

10 kilowatts to <150 kilowatts

$0.75/watt

150 kilowatts to <2 Megawatts

$0.60/watt

2 Megawatts to 5 Megawatts

$0.55/watt

The rebate provided by the Action Centre will not exceed 30% of eligible expenses. The First-time Applicant Bonus is added on to the rebate as a separate calculation and is not limited by the 30% maximum.

Why is this program important?

With a solar PV system, you’ll generate free power any time the sun is shining for your system’s entire 25+ year life. Even if you don’t produce 100 percent of the energy you consume, solar reduces your utility bills and can save you money.

By investing in a solar PV system now, you can begin to see immediate savings on your electricity bills and reinvest those savings into other priorities across your municipality.

Create jobs, help your local economy, and of course protect the environment! Investing in solar PV can demonstrate your municipality’s commitment to sustainability and social responsibility, as well as producing bottom line results.

How does it benefit you?

62 projects by 33 municipalities

16,318 solar PV modules installed

As of September 2019, these projects—in communities just like yours—have resulted in 5.5 MW installed capacity and 3,911 tonnes CO2e (carbon dioxide equivalent) in annual reductions.

Plus the additional first time applicant bonus rebate of $0.25/watt now available to municipalities!

How does it work?

After reading the Guidebook, you can submit an Expression of Interest as a first, non-committal step to learn more about the program. Upon hearing back from the Action Centre, you can then move on to the Application.

Webinar

Need a little boost to convince your council to use solar to power your municipality? The Action Centre created this webinar that lays out everything they need to know. You can also request a webinar for your next meeting, or register for an upcoming webinar.

Case Study

Get an in-depth look at how municipalities are taking action.

Successful projects

See how no municipality is too big or too small to participate.

Save money. Save the planet—it’s a win-win

If this program sounds right for your community apply now and start making a difference today!