Overview

The On-Farm Solar Photovoltaics (PV) Program enables agricultural producers to conserve non-renewable fossil fuels and reduce carbon emissions, ultimately reducing the environmental footprint of Alberta's agriculture industry.

The Solar Photovoltaics Program addresses 2 important industry priorities:

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

Eligible applicants

Any resident of Alberta with a Distribution Rate Class of Farm, Irrigation, Grain Drying, or equivalent is eligible for this funding program.

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. Proof of this rate class will be required, and can be found either on your electrical bill or obtained from your electricity retailer.

If you do not have an Electrical Distribution Rate Class that is rated as Farm, or equivalent, please refer to Energy Efficiency Alberta to determine if you may qualify under other provincial solar programs.

Eligible systems

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, and so on) prior to April 15, 2017, it will not be accepted.

All installed equipment requires manufacturer warranties including:

  • solar modules
  • racking
  • inverters
  • micro-inverters

Systems installed on a Site ID that has a Distribution Rate Class of Farm, Irrigation, Grain Drying, or equivalent are held to the following standards:

  • grid-tied, not off-grid
  • approved under Alberta's Micro-Generation Legislation
  • positioned to optimize sunshine / minimize shading

Cost-sharing

Applications under the program will be divided into streams as described in the Terms and Conditions, and will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis within each stream, which can determine grant amounts.

Grant payments will be made on a reimbursement basis

Estimated grant amount

The On-Farm Solar Photovoltaics Program Funding Estimate Calculator (PDF, 36 KB) 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.

How to apply

Required information

Before submitting an application, you must 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

Applicants must also provide:

  • an approved and signed Microgen Interconnection and Operating Agreement from the Wire Service Provider
  • a solar PV quote from a solar contractor describing the system to be installed
  • an electricity bill for one month's electricity (current within the last 24 months)

If you do not have an Electrical Distribution Rate Class that is rated as Farm, or equivalent, please refer to Energy Efficiency Alberta to determine if you may qualify under other provincial solar programs.

Step 1. Read the terms and conditions

Funding under the program is calculated using a formula that is based on cumulative system(s) size and cumulative approved eligible expenses under the program, as described in section 5.1 of the Program Terms and Conditions.

Please ensure you read and understand the On-Farm Solar Photovoltaics Program Terms and Conditions (PDF, 182 KB).

Step 2. Fill out the application form

Submission of an application does not entitle the applicant to a grant under the program:

  • the applicant acknowledges that the grant may not be sufficient to cover the entire cost of the project, and that the applicant shall be solely responsible for raising funds from other sources to complete the project

The applicant acknowledges that the grant is the only financial assistance the Minister will provide under the program to the applicant for the project.

If the Minister approves an application, the applicant will be sent an approval letter.

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On-Farm Solar Photovoltaics Program – Application (PDF, 103 KB)

On-Farm Solar Photovoltaics Program Application - Fillable PDF (PDF, 3.3 MB)

Step 3. Mail the form

Mail completed applications to:
On-Farm Solar Photovoltaics Program
Suite 302, 7000 113 Street NW
Edmonton, Alberta T6H 5T6

Contact

Phone: 310-(FARM)
Email: af.farmsolarpvprogram@gov.ab.ca