Important dates

The opportunity to submit Alberta Indigenous Solar Program (AISP) applications for fiscal 2018 to 2019 is closed (June 25, 2018 to August 31, 2018)

Overview

The Alberta Indigenous Solar Program (AISP) provides grants to Alberta Indigenous communities / organizations to install solar photovoltaic (PV) systems on community- or organization-owned facilities.

Eligible entities

Applicant communities / organizations must be located in Alberta:

  • First Nations, Aseniwuche Winewak Nation, Metis Settlements
  • Indigenous community-owned businesses / development corporations
  • Tribal Councils, Treaty Organizations, Metis Settlements General Council
  • Métis Nation of Alberta including Regions and Locals
  • Indigenous not-for-profit organizations including Friendship Centres

Applicants must be in compliance with the terms and conditions of any previously provided funding from Indigenous Relations.

Funding

This program supports solar power projects:

  • up to 80% of eligible expenses up to a maximum of $200,000 for each approved solar energy project
  • applicants can access other non-Government of Alberta programs to cover the remaining 20% of their estimated project costs
  • the maximum funding stacking level is 100% of eligible costs

Expenses

In addition to the purchase of solar PV equipment and installation costs, other eligible expenses may include:

  • design and engineering specifications
  • required electrical / building / development permits and grid-connected approvals
  • administration costs, including costs to submit grant agreement deliverables to Indigenous Relations
  • ongoing project management fees to ensure successful completion of the project

Expenses must be incurred after the date on which the application for financial assistance is submitted to be eligible.

Ineligible expenses

Costs not reimbursed include:

  • in-kind expenses, however these are to be included in the budget
  • payments for services that would normally be provided without charge (e.g. honoraria for a community service)
  • training and other economic development activities or services
  • expenses for the operation and maintenance of the project.
  • expenses associated with structural upgrades to building(s).
  • expenses incurred by the Indigenous community or organization for permanently employed staff.
  • any other expense incurred during the project that does not cover the capital equipment costs, professional installation of the panels, and the required documentation and permits.

Project eligibility

To qualify for solar photovoltaic (PV) system grant-funding, projects must be:

  • new installations where ‘new’ is defined as construction completed or started after the grant application was approved by Indigenous Relations
  • greater than or equal to 2 kilowatts (kW DC PV array capacity) and less than or equal to 1 megawatt (MW DC PV array capacity) in installation capacity
  • installed at a cost below $3.25 per watt

Proposed grid-connected installations are required to be compliant with the Government of Alberta’s Micro-generation Regulation 27/2008 (PDF, 449 KB).

Projects may be considered if they are not grid-connected.

Funding is not available for projects:

  • on buildings, facilities or land owned by the private sector or private individuals
  • on temporary structures
  • supported financially by private utility providers through solar leasing
  • above one megawatt (1MW) in installation capacity

Projects larger than 1MW AC in capacity need to apply to the Alberta Indigenous Green Energy Development Program (AIGEDP) for funding consideration.

Contractor eligibility

A project contractor must be a member in good standing with the Solar Energy Society of Alberta.

  • applicants must evaluate the qualifications / references of proposed contractors when selecting a solar PV system provider

For information on what to look for in a PV system provider and how to check credentials, please visit SolarAlberta.ca/content/how-choose-solar-provider or contact Indigenous Relations.

How to apply

Step 1. Read the guidelines

These guidelines outline detailed:

  • eligibility requirements
  • funding levels
  • eligible expenses
  • application procedures

Step 2. Complete application package

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Fill-in the Alberta Indigenous Solar Program 2018-19 grant application (PDF, 112 KB) by clearly defining the scope of work including details of:

  • a structural assessment to show the building can support solar panel installation
  • a description of where on the building the panel will be installed and what type of mounting will be used such as roof, wall, ground, ballasted, pole, side, attached, building-integrated or off-grid
  • total sum of the rated installed capacity (watt DC) of all solar PV systems included in the project
  • cost per watt of the installed capacity
  • project budget listing all expenses / revenues
  • anticipated start and end-dates
  • cost quotes from at least 2 contractors to complete the design, procurement and installation of all project solar PV systems
  • completed application submission checklist

Community support

All applicants must be able to demonstrate support for the project to be considered for funding, which at a minimum will include providing a:

  • Band Council Resolution for a First Nation
  • Council Resolution for a Metis Settlement
  • Board Resolution from a community-owned company / development corporation
  • Board Resolution from a not-for-profit Indigenous organization

Equivalent demonstration of support, as discussed with a government program manager.

Step 3. Submit the application package

Electronically submit the completed application form and any supporting information by emailing ir.climate@gov.ab.ca.

Once a Letter of Application and its supporting documents are received by Indigenous Relations the following process is implemented:

  • an assessment of the application is done to ensure the required information is included
  • additional information may be needed if an application is incomplete

After you apply

Applicants are notified by a grant manager about the status of an application by email.

Approvals may take up to 12 weeks.

A final decision is provided by written correspondence from the minister of Indigenous Relations.

Reporting

A financial statement is required stating the information reported is accurate.

Project verification needs to include the following:

  • a copy of the final Interconnection and Operating Agreement with the interconnection wires service provider
  • photograph(s) of the project
  • connectivity documents such as a copy of the Generation Project Notice (AVC Form A) and supporting documentation submitted to the wires service provider through which the solar PV system is to be connected (if applicable)
  • a project final report

Contact

Connect with staff of the Alberta Indigenous Solar Program:

Hours: 8:15 am to 4:30 pm (open Monday to Friday, closed statutory holidays)
Phone: 780-427-2711
Toll free: 310-0000 before the phone number (in Alberta)
Fax: 780-427-4019
Email: ir.climate@gov.ab.ca

Mail / Reception / Courier:
Alberta Indigenous Relations
19th Floor, Commerce Place
10155 102 Street NW
Edmonton, Alberta  T5J 4G8