Municipal Community Generation Challenge

Funding Programs

 This program is not accepting applications at this time.

Providing funding for municipalities to move towards low carbon community scale electricity generation.

In 2019, Alberta Innovates and the Municipal Climate Change Action Centre partnered to administer the Municipal Community Generation Challenge.

Alberta municipalities could apply for funding to form a network of partnerships that would work together to install a community generation facility.

Why participate

The Challenge will see the development of a new renewable community generation project(s), which produces:

  • reduced greenhouse gas emissions,
  • diversification of the local economy and,
  • data and knowledge that can shared with other municipalities in Alberta.

Tip:  Community generation refers to renewable and alternative energy that is distribution system-connected which provides benefits to communities. Get to know the difference between micro-generation and community generation.


The Municipal Climate Change Action Centre is investing up to $6 million for one or multiple projects.

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.

Community generation in Alberta includes renewable and alternative energy sources derived from, but not limited to:

  • Solar photovoltaics,
  • Fuel cells,
  • Wind,
  • Small-scale hydro,
  • Biomass,
  • Geo-thermal.

Successful applicants

This spring, two proposals were selected to move forward for investment. The Action Centre is investing a total of $6 million in two municipal community generation projects in Alberta:

  1. Town of Smoky Lake: Métis Crossing Solar Project, $3.9 million
  2. Municipal District of Taber: RenuWell Project, $2.1 million

Read the announcement or learn more about each project in our Project Showcase.

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

Apply now for one of the open funding programs and start making a difference today!