A $36-million rebate program to encourage solar installations on residential and commercial buildings was announced by the provincial government yesterday. “This program will make solar power affordable for more Albertans, leading to new panels on 10,000 Alberta rooftops by 2020,” said Minister of Environment and Parks Shannon Phillips. “Along the way, we will create jobs and local expertise in an emerging industry.” Details of how to qualify for a rebate and what the rebate will be are still to be announced. A request for proposals to deliver the government’s program is being posted, a press release states. “Details will be defined in coming months, including qualifying systems, installation and eligibility requirements,” the press release states. The program is another important step towards solar becoming an integral part of Alberta’s energy supply. Details of how Alberta’s Climate Leadership Plan will create opportunities for the Canadian solar industry will be discussed at the upcoming Solar West Conference taking place May 9-11 in Edmonton.
German-based project developer Soventix is set to develop up to 140 MW of PV in Alberta. The company is currently planning six projects with capacities ranging from 15 – 45 MW near the cities of Calgary and Edmonton. Soventix is looking to transfer its experience in developing projects in Ontario to Alberta and says that has been expanding its operations in the province. Soventix says that it has been screening potential sites. By the time the REP was announced, in November 2016, Soventix reports that it had secured land at the six sites in preparation for the REP bidding process.