Municipalities across the province are investing in renewable energy, harnessing the power of the sun to produce safe, clean energy for their communities. The province is supporting these investments through the Alberta Municipal Solar Program.
Run by the Municipal Climate Change Action Centre, this program will provide $5-million in rebates to municipalities that install solar panels on offices, fire halls, community centres, and more. Since its launch last year, the program has provided nearly $2 million to 18 municipalities to offset installation costs for 28 projects. And there are many more on the horizon.
Investment in solar will help Alberta build a new industry, make our economy more resilient, support jobs, and make life more affordable for Albertans. Projects funded over the past year will support 60 jobs and save municipalities a combined $391,600 on power bills annually.
Clean energy generation also means cleaner, quality air, which means better health for Albertans. Projects funded by this program will prevent 62,000 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions from polluting our air, which is the same as taking 13,906 cars off the road for one year.
Communities like Valleyview, Black Diamond, Canmore and Mountain View County have completed projects under the program, and there are projects under construction in Cardston, Edson and Banff, to name but a few. You can find more details about all these projects on the MCCAC’s Project Showcase webpage.
This is just the beginning of the solar surge in Alberta, and there is much to be learned from inspiring communities that recognize that Alberta’s solar resources are among the best in Canada and that we can, and should, harness them. We are proud of these first year results and look forward to many more successes as we continue to collaborate with communities across the province to make life better for Albertans.