In 2019, Energy Efficiency Alberta and the Municipal Climate Change Action Centre partnered to run the Community Generation Capacity Building Program.
Why is this program important?
The purpose of this program is to provide funding for projects with activities focused on pre-development of a specific community generation facility or enabling the development of community generation projects through partnerships and tools.
Twelve municipalities were successful recipients of program funding. From environmental and financial assessments to training opportunities, Albertan municipalities are working towards transitioning to renewable energy generation for their communities.
Successful Municipal Applicants
Stewart Siding Solar Farm
This will include land use agreements, feasibility assessments, financial analysis, stakeholder engagement, environmental assessments, and wildlife studies for a solar PV project.
Municipal District of Taber
RenuWell Solar Development Project
Re-purposing abandoned oil and gas infrastructure for small scale generation. This project proposes the creation an inventory of abandoned and orphan leases throughout the MD, rank them according to their value for community solar development and explore the potential of creating co-ops to generate power for irrigation.
Mountain View County
Mountain View County Solar PV Study
Update the existing feasibility study, complete an interconnectivity study and a financial assessment study for a Distributed Generation solar PV system.
Municipal District of Acadia #34
Bull Pound Solar Project
Activities including environmental studies, stakeholder engagement, engineering, technical studies, detailed electrical interconnection studies and regulatory applications to support the development and construction of a specific, community scale ground based solar installation
Pembina Institute for Appropriate Development
Municipal Leadership on Community Generation
The Pembina Institute will develop resource materials and leadership training opportunities to build the capacity of municipal leaders (mayors, chief administrative officers, and interested staff or councillors) to engage in community generation.
Red Deer County
Springbrook Solar Project
To explore the environmental and engineering feasibility of a ground-mounted solar project located in Red Deer County, on Red Deer Regional Airport land.
Renfrew Community Association
Renfrew Solar Garden
Evaluation for the development of a solar photovoltaic generation facility that can provide power and educational opportunities for the members of the Renfrew Community Association and the City of Calgary.
Town of Banff
Banff Geothermal Exploration Program: Renewable Electricity and Heating Feasibility Study
Feasibility study to explore heat and electricity generation from one or more geothermal energy facilities. Includes: geophysical study, permitting, subsurface analysis, conceptual design, preliminary engineering, economic evaluation, and other.
Town of Hanna
Hanna Renewable Energy Resource Inventory
Feasibility study to develop renewable energy resource inventory for the Town of Hanna
Town of Oyen
Oyen Solar Project
Activities including stakeholder engagement, environmental assessments, technical studies, detailed electrical interconnection studies and regulatory applications to support the development and construction of a specific, utility scale ground based solar installation.
Village of Longview
Longview Community Solar Project
Work including scoping, design, technical studies, community engagement, financial modelling and implementation requirements for a distribution-connected project that is planned to generate power under the Alberta Community Generation Program or to private purchasers of electricity. The solar site offers an ideal location on Village owned land that is accessible by highway on the north-west side of town, with ideal south facing exposure and adjacent to the Fortis grid distribution system running alongside the property.
Vulcan Solar Project
Activities including environmental studies, stakeholder engagement, engineering, technical studies, detailed electrical interconnection studies and regulatory applications to support the development and construction of a specific, utility scale ground based solar installation
How does it work?
There were three different types of projects that were eligible for funding. Community generation projects must be renewable or alternative energy generation and meet the definition of a Community Generation facility as per the Small Scale Generation Regulation.
Type 1: Technical development activities
- Projects that are undertaking the following activity types: feasibility assessments, land use agreements, financial assessments, stakeholder engagement, environmental assessments, wildlife studies, drainage studies, hydrological studies, wage subsidies for a project manager or any other undertaking required in the pre-development stage of a specific community generation facility.
Type 2: Partnership development activities
- Projects that are undertaking activities that will support partnerships required for the development of a community generation facility.
- This can include; legal services, financial analysis, community benefits agreement or community benefits statement support, or any other expense required to establish partnerships.
Type 3: Development of tools and training
- Projects that undertake the development of a tool that can be leveraged by the renewable energy industry and will be publicly available.
- These tools must support the advancement of community generation facilities or the renewable energy industry in the Province of Alberta.
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!