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  • The Solar PV Sub-Program is currently accepting applications.
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Program Availability: Accepting Applications
On-Farm Solar Photovoltaics – On-Farm Energy Management Sub-Program

On-Farm Solar Photovoltaics – On-Farm Energy Management Sub-Program

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The On-Farm Solar PV Program will be undergoing a grant rate review beginning in March 2017.

The review is intended to ensure the On Farm Solar PV Program aligns as closely as possible with other solar programs and initiatives being planned by the Government of Alberta.

During the review period, the On-Farm Solar PV Program will continue to accept applications for both retroactive (work initiated and/or completed) and new (not yet commenced) solar projects under the current program terms and conditions, as posted on the Growing Forward 2 website. If you have already submitted an application to the program, our staff are working on processing those applications and will communicate with applicants on the status of your application once it is reviewed.

Prior to submitting a new application to the program (for either completed/retroactive or new projects), you are advised to contact Kelly Lund, OFSPV Program Project Engineer, at 780-644-1197 or via email at kelly.lund@gov.ab.ca.

For those interested in monitoring any changes to the program that may result from the grant rate review, please either subscribe to notifications on the On Farm Solar PV program via the subscription service on the Growing Forward 2 website at www.growingforward.alberta.ca, or check the website frequently for program updates.

Terms & Conditions

Link to fillable Application Form

 

Click here for help downloading the fillable Application

 

Application Form - print and hand fill

 

Note: Repeat pages 2, 3, and 4 for each System you are submitting.

Program purpose statement

The program provides funding towards solar photovoltaics on Alberta farms. This enables producers to conserve non-renewable fossil fuels and reduce carbon emissions, ultimately reducing the environmental footprint of Alberta's agriculture industry.

The Growing Forward 2 Solar Photovoltaics Program addresses two important industry priorities:

  1. Improved environmental stewardship. When producers make investments in clean energy and reduced carbon emissions, they are recognized for their commitment to sustainable practices.
  2. Improved energy management. Producers who install photovoltaic systems tend to take a renewed interest in their electricity usage; this leads to additional efficiency investments.

What kinds of PV Systems are eligible?

To be eligible for funding, a Photovoltaic system must be:

  • Grid-tied, not off-grid,
  • Approved under Alberta's Micro-Generation Legislation,
  • Positioned to optimize sunshine and minimize shading,
  • Have manufacturer-warranties on: Solar modules, Racking, Inverters and/or Micro-inverters,
  • Producing power that is used in the production of a primary commodity, and
  • Purchased after April 1, 2013, including already-installed systems.

How are costs shared?

Grants are calculated based on an eligible system's nominal wattage, up to a maximum percentage of system cost. Third-party contractor-installed systems are funded at a higher rate than self-installed systems. A maximum of 100 kW of solar PV or capacity$50,000 per applicant is available through the program.

  

Install Type

Without an Energy Assessment

With an Energy Assessment

Solar PV Contractor-Installed

$0.45/W

to maximum 20% of project costs

$0.60/W

to maximum 25% of project costs

Self-Installed

$0.15/W

to maximum 10% of project costs

$0.30/W

to maximum 20% of project costs

Grant Maximum

100 kW or $50,000

100 kW or $50,000

Who can participate?

Producers in Alberta with a minimum of $10,000 farm commodity or livestock production income.

How do I start?

Submit an application form to the Solar Photovoltaics Program, including:

  • a finalized quote showing all eligible project costs and Make & Model for Modules, Racking, and Inverters
  • an approved application to connect to the grid as a Micro-Generator
  • an energy bill from the same electrical service, and
  • an energy assessment report, if applicable.

For more information

Phone: (780) 644-1197

Email: kelly.lund@gov.ab.ca

Web: www.growingforward.alberta.ca

 

You may also be interested in …

Program Contact

Kelly Lund (780) 644-1197

kelly.lund@gov.ab.ca

Links & Other Resources

Alberta Utility Commission info on Micro Generation

Micro Generation Regulation (Alberta Queen’s Printer)

Solar PV Financial Calculator (Excel-based)

Managing Expectations with Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Technology

Solar PV Contractors (trade credentials)

Solar PV Contractors List

Wire Service Providers in Alberta

Approved Energy Assessment Provider List (takes you to OFEM page, use link on far right to open list)

Pilot Program Results Report

Report Forms

Interim Report form

Final Report form

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Program FAQs

    
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