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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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Upcoming Solar Energy Workshops

For information on one day workshops on grid-tie solar options for farm producers:

  • December 14th at The Bridges at Claresholm Golf Course in M.D. Willow Creek, contact Carla Preachuk at (403) 625-3351 ext. 229 or (403) 625-1656 or carla@mdwillowcreek.com. Click here for poster information.

 

Please prepare the following information BEFORE submitting an application, and attach to your completed application. Any application submitted without this information will be considered incomplete and returned to the applicant.

  • Verification of your Distribution Rate Class from your energy retailer;
  • A signed copy of your Micro-Generation Agreement offer (“pre-approval”) from the wire owner;
  • An electricity bill for one month’s electricity (current within the last 24 months);
  • A solar PV quote for the equipment you intend to install.

Terms & Conditions

Application Form hand fill

 

Print and complete by hand

Grant Funding Estimate Calculator

This calculator provides an estimate only. You are not guaranteed funding until your application has been reviewed and approved. If approved, the amount may differ from the results provided by the calculator

Application Form – e-fillable

*Key Points regarding the new Program Conditions:

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*Retroactive projects that have been completed AFTER APRIL 15, 2017 are now eligible*

1. Retroactive projects that have been completed AFTER APRIL 15, 2017 are now eligible. If a project has been initiated (ordering or purchasing equipment, equipment delivery, component construction, etc.) prior to April 15, 2017, it will NOT be accepted.

…...ALL installed equipment will be held to the following standards:

  • The system’s modules must have at least a 20 year pro-rated warranty from the manufacturer;
  • The system’s inverter(s) and/or micro-inverter(s) must have at least a 10 year warranty from the manufacturer;
  • Solar racking must be manufactured by a qualified commercial racking company.

2. The grant rate has changed to align more closely with the upcoming Residential and Commercial solar programs. Grant funding is calculated as follows:

  • ≤100 kW: $0.75/W to maximum 35% eligible cost share
  • 100.01 – 150 kW: $0.56/W to maximum 27% eligible cost share

3. In order to qualify for the On-Farm Solar PV grant program, an applicant must have an Electrical Distribution Rate Class that is rated as Farm, or equivalent, as of the month of January 2017. Proof of this rate class will be required, and can be found either on your electrical bill or obtained from your electricity retailer.

4. If you do not have an Electrical Distribution Rate Class that is rated as Farm, or equivalent, please refer to https://www.efficiencyalberta.ca/solar/ to determine if you may qualify under other provincial solar programs.

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, and
  • Installed on a Site ID that has a Distribution Rate Class of Farm, Irrigation, Grain Drying, or equivalent.

How are costs shared?

≤100 kW

$0.75/W to maximum 35% cost share of eligible  expenses

100.01 kW - 150 kW

$0.56/W to maximum 27% cost share of eligible expenses

Who can participate?

Any resident of Alberta with a Distribution Rate Class of Farm, Irrigation, Grain Drying, or equivalent.

How do I start?

Before submitting an application, you must prepare the following information:

1. Obtain written verification from your Wire Service Provider of the Rate Distribution Class for the Site ID on which the solar PV system will be installed. This verification may be found on your utility bill, or you may need to request it from your Wire Service Provider with the following information:

  • Name of the load customer
  • Legal land description of the service location
  • Site ID of the service location
  • Distribution rate class for the Site ID/Service location as of the month of January 2017 (even if the rate class has changed since January)

2. An approved and signed Microgen Interconnection and Operating Agreement from your Wire Service Provider;

3. A solar PV quote from your Solar Contractor describing the system you will be installing;

4. An electricity bill for one month's electricity (current within the last 24 months).

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.

For more information

Email: AF.FarmSolarPVProgram@gov.ab.ca

Web: www.growingforward.alberta.ca

 

You may also be interested in …

Program Contact

AF.FarmSolarPVProgram@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

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Program FAQs

    
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