Solar for Schools Program

Funding Programs

Receive funding to install solar on schools to generate power, teach students about renewable energy, and reduce your environmental impact.

Why participate

Installing a solar PV system will:

  • generate free power for the solar system’s entire 25+ year life,
  • reduce your utility bills so you can reinvest those savings into other priorities across your schools,
  • provide a practical learning experience about renewable energy and climate change for students,
  • demonstrate your school authority’s commitment to sustainability and social responsibility.

Tip: Read our blog post about the three reasons why solar PV is right for your school.

Funding

As long as your school is within the province of Alberta, serves Kindergarten (K) and/or a set of grades 1-12, and reports to School Authorities classified as Public, Separate, Francophone, and Charter by Alberta Education, you are eligible to participate. Check your eligibility here.

Eligible School Authorities can submit multiple applications, but can only apply for funding up to $3 million. School Authorities can use up to $1.5 million towards new school construction projects.

School Authorities must engage students as part of the project.

Receive a rebate per watt of total installed capacity ($/W), up to 50% of eligible expenses, as per the table below.

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

Get started

Tip: No time? Choose a solar installer that will do this all for you.

Need a little boost to convince your school authority? Contact our staff, request a presentation for your next meeting, or register for an upcoming webinar.

See how schools across Alberta are participating.

130 solar PV modules installed

50kW of installed capacity

35 tonnes GHG emissions avoided annually

4 school authorities participating

Read how Canadian Rockies Regional School Division installed solar pv systems on two schools with funding from the Solar for Schools Program.

Save money – Save the planet. It’s a win-win.

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