Municipal Community Generation Challenge

Funding Programs

The Municipal Climate Change Action Centre (MCCAC) in partnership with Alberta Innovates (AI) is looking for Alberta municipalities to provide sustainable solutions that move municipalities towards low carbon community scale electricity generation via formation of a network/consortium partnership leading to installation of a community generation facility.

The Municipal Community Generation Challenge (MCGC) will see the development of a new renewable electricity generation project(s) which produces a significant community benefit in the form of reduced greenhouse gas emissions, diversification of the local economy and whose data and knowledge can then be transferred to other Municipalities within the Province.

The Municipal Climate Change Action Centre is investing up to $7 million of funding for 1 or multiple projects.

Projects which submitted Expressions of Interest were notified of their status in the Challenge on September 13, 2019.

Successful projects at the Expression of Interest Stage have been invited to submit the Stage III – Full Project Proposal by no later than January 8, 2020 at 4:00 p.m. MT.

Key dates

ActionDate
Challenge Launch to MunicipalitiesMarch 15, 2019
Stage I – Letter of Interest (LOI) Applicant Webinar: View webinar slides hereApril 17, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. MT
Stage I – Municipalities LOI Submission DeadlineMay 10, 2019 at 4:00 p.m. MT
Stage I – LOI Screening and Results NotificationJune 10, 2019
Stage II – Network Formation Webinar: View webinar slides hereJune 19, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. MT
Stage II – Expression of Interest (EOI) Applicant Webinar: View webinar slides hereJune 26, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. MT
Stage II – EOI Submission DeadlineAugust 9, 2019 at 4:00 p.m. MT
Stage II – EOI Evaluations and Results NotificationSeptember 13, 2019
Stage III – Full Project Proposal (FPP) Submission DeadlineJanuary 8, 2020 at 4:00 p.m. MT
Stage III – FPP Applicant PresentationsJanuary 29 & 30, 2020
Stage III – FPP Results NotificationFebruary, 2020
Successful Projects Completion DeadlineSeptember 20, 2022

*Note that the MCCAC and AI at their sole discretion reserve the rights to alter or cancel the currently-anticipated timelines.

Program contact information

Luigi Simpatico – Manager, Clean Technology Commercialization Entrepreneurial Investments, Alberta Innovates
Tel: 780-450-5564
Email: luigi.simpatico@albertainnovates.ca

Marc Baxter – Program Lead, Renewables, Municipal Climate Change Action Centre
Tel: 780-643-5639
Cell: 780-940-6927
Email: mbaxter@mccac.ca

Michael Kerr – Program Lead, Network Program, Alberta Innovates
Tel: 403-210-5365
Email: michael.kerr@albertainnovates.ca

Please direct any questions regarding the Full Project Proposal to inbox_grants@albertainnovates.ca. Answers will be shared with all applicants.

Why is this program important?

Community generation refers to renewable and alternative energy that is distribution system-connected which provides benefits to communities. Community generation allows the people in your communities to directly participate in energy projects through full or partial ownership of the projects. Participation in community generation projects gives Albertans the ability to access renewable energy and generate revenue by selling electricity to the grid.

How does it benefit you?

A renewable energy program that fosters growth in small-scale and community-owned renewable energy will help ensure maximum benefits of Alberta’s electricity grid transition for everyone. This prioritization would address several government priorities, including job creation, local economic development, climate leadership and support for community resilience.

How does it work?

The Challenge will see the development of a new renewable electricity generation project(s) which produces a significant community benefit in the form of reduced greenhouse gas emissions, diversification of the local economy and whose data and knowledge can then be transferred to other Municipalities within the Province. Municipalities across the province have an opportunity to play a prominent role in supporting Alberta’s energy transition by developing their own renewable energy projects.

Communities wanting to generate their own electricity through a small-scale renewable energy project have potential for long-term revenue by selling any excess power they generate to the grid. Projects connected to the distribution system must comply with all applicable acts and regulations. Community scale low carbon electricity generation (community generation) in Alberta includes renewable and alternative energy sources derived from but not limited to:

  • Solar (PV)
  • Fuel cells
  • Wind
  • Small-scale hydro
  • Biomass
  • Geo-thermal

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

If this program sounds right for your community contact us and start making a difference today!