Alberta announces $36M rebate program for solar panels on homes, businesses

The Alberta government is putting up $36 million over two years for a rebate program to encourage rooftop solar panels on homes and businesses.

Environment Minister Shannon Phillips says more details are to come and the rebates are to be available as early as this summer.

Phillips says the use of solar panels has doubled since 2015 and the goal is to have new panels on 10,000 Alberta rooftops within three years.

“Albertans are keen on solar. Today’s announcement … will keep the momentum going,” Phillips said Monday.

“Energy efficiency matters to Albertans, and the province is way overdue.”

The program is expected to create 900 jobs in the next few years, and reduce solar installation costs by up to 30 per cent for homes and 25 per cent for businesses.

Phillips says the solar panels would reduce greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to taking 100,000 vehicles off the road.

The program is part of Alberta’s larger climate change plan that includes a broad-based carbon levy on home heating bills and gas at the pumps.

microFIT version 4.1 applications now being accepted

January 4, 2017 – microFIT version 4.1 applications now being accepted

The IESO is now accepting applications under version 4.1 of the microFIT Program.

Final microFIT version 4.1 rules, contract and supporting documents, are available in the program documents section of the website. All applications submitted under version 4.1 of the microFIT Program will be required to use the most recent version of the necessary prescribed forms, dated January 2017, when completing an application.

As outlined in the April 5, 2016, Ministerial Directive, the IESO will cease accepting applications under the microFIT program by December 31, 2017. The microFIT Procurement Target for 2017 will be 50 MW.

The January 1, 2017, price schedule is now in effect. Applicants to the microFIT Program are reminded that their contract price will be based on the price schedule in effect at the time their Application Approval Notice is issued.

Please ensure that you regularly monitor your My microFIT Home Page for updates to your application status.

http://microfit.powerauthority.on.ca/

CBC: SaskPower says solar plan to power up to 12,000 homes by 2021

SaskPower says between 10,000-12,000 homes in Saskatchewan will be run on solar power by 2021, from a project aiming to deliver 60 megawatts. Some of that electricity should be reaching the grid by 2018.

The government’s target is to have 50 per cent of its power delivered by renewable sources by 2030.​

“So if we think about it, 2000 megawatts would be about fifty per cent of our mix today,” said Guy Bruce, SaskPower’s Vice President of Planning, Environment and Sustainable development. “So it’s a relatively small percentage, but it’s a move in the right direction.”

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/saskatchewan/saskpower-solar-plan-2021-1.3774119

Edmonton Alberta Environmental Grants

Environmental Grants

Whether you are an individual, school or community group, there are a number of environmental grants you can apply for.

  • Alberta Conservation Association (ACA)
    Annual grants for projects that benefit Alberta’s wildlife and fish populations and their habitats.
  • Alberta Council for Environmental Education (ACEE)
    Grants and and awards listing
  • Alberta EcoTrust
    Various grants for delivery of programs, projects and results that advance environmental missions.
  • BP
    A+ for Energy offers teachers up to $10,000 per project to make their energy projects become a reality.
  • City of Edmonton: EcoCity Edmonton
    Community sustainability grants for non-profits, community leagues, schools and charities to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
  • EcoAction
    EcoAction offers funding to community-based, non-profit organizations for projects related to clean air, clean water, climate change or nature.
  • Emerald Foundation
    Youth Environmental Engagement Grant offers micro-grants up to $400 for group projects to support environmental engagement activities.
  • Environment Canada
    EcoAction Community Funding Program offers funding for the following themes: clean air, clean water, climate change and nature.
  • Learning for a Sustainable Future
    EcoLeague offers funding for schools to engage in an action project that focuses on a local sustainability issue.
  • Mountain Equipment Co-op
    Community Contributions offers grants and product donations for a variety of themes.
  • TD
    Friends of the Environment Foundation offers funding for a variety of environmental themes.
  • World Wildlife Foundation (WWF)
    Go Wild! Community Grant offers grants from $1,000 to $7,000 to support creative ideas on how to protect, restore, monitor, education and celebration nature.

For More Information

City of Edmonton Environmental Strategies

8th Floor, HSBC Bank Place
10250-101 Street NW
Edmonton, Alberta
T5J 3P4

Website http://www.edmonton.ca/TheWayWeGreen

Solar industry is now likely historically carbon-neutral, if not carbon-negative

Since the 1970s, installed solar photovoltaic capacity has grown tremendously to 230 gigawatt worldwide in 2015, with a growth rate between 1975 and 2015 of 45%. This rapid growth has led to concerns regarding the energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions of photovoltaics production. We present a review of 40 years of photovoltaics development, analysing the development of energy demand and greenhouse gas emissions associated with photovoltaics production. Here we show strong downward trends of environmental impact of photovoltaics production, following the experience curve law. For every doubling of installed photovoltaic capacity, energy use decreases by 13 and 12% and greenhouse gas footprints by 17 and 24%, for poly- and monocrystalline based photovoltaic systems, respectively. As a result, we show a break-even between the cumulative disadvantages and benefits of photovoltaics, for both energy use and greenhouse gas emissions, occurs between 1997 and 2018, depending on photovoltaic performance and model uncertainties.

http://www.nature.com/articles/ncomms13728

 

Solar energy is now cheaper than fossil fuels

In many sunny parts of the world, solar energy is now cheaper than fossil fuels, even without subsidies.

The installed price of solar energy has declined significantly in recent years as policy and market forces have driven more and more solar installations.

Now, the latest data show that the continued decrease in solar prices is unlikely to slow down anytime soon, with total installed prices dropping by 5 percent for rooftop residential systems, and 12 percent for larger utility-scale solar farms. With solar already achieving record-low prices, the cost decline observed in 2015 indicates that the coming years will likely see utility-scale solar become cost competitive with conventional forms of electricity generation.

Median Installed Price of Solar in the United States Fell by 5-12% in 2015

microFIT Holiday Maintenance, New Price Schedule and Version Change

Important information – please read

December 12, 2016 – Holiday Maintenance, New Price Schedule and Version Change

microFIT Maintenance
After December 17, 2016, applications will no longer be set to Pending LDC Offer to Connect in 2016. This is to allow LDCs enough time to report connection request information prior to the Holiday Maintenance period.

From 12:00 p.m. December 23, 2016, to January 4, 2017, all functions of the My microFIT Home Page will be unavailable. The My microFIT Home Page will be returned to full service on January 4, 2017.

Price Schedule Change
All active microFIT applications that have not been set to Pending Connection status and have not been issued an Application Approval Notice prior to January 1, 2017, will be subject to the 2017 FIT/microFIT Price Schedule. The IESO will not make exceptions after the 2017 Price Schedule comes into effect.

In order for the IESO to issue Application Approval Notices prior to January 1, 2017, LDCs must report all Offers to Connect to the IESO no later than 12:00 p.m. on December 23, 2016.  If you have received an Offer to Connect from your LDC, and the status of your application has not yet been changed to “Pending Connection,” please contact your LDC directly. You can verify the status of your application by logging into your My microFIT Home Page.

microFIT Version Change
On January 1, 2017, Version 4.1 of the microFIT Program comes into effect. The only change being made is the implementation of the 2017 FIT/microFIT Price Schedule; no other changes are being made to the microFIT Program at this time. All active applications that have not been set to Pending Connection status prior to January 1, 2017, will automatically be considered under version 4.1.

http://microfit.powerauthority.on.ca/

Saskatchewam Net Metering Program and 25% Rebate on Start Up Solar Projects

Saskatchewam Net Metering Program and 25% Rebate on Start Up Solar Projects

Net metering allows individuals who use their own renewable energy sources to offset their consumption from SaskPower. Net metering is one program in a suite of sustainable and renewable energy initiatives that is designed to ensure that the province is supplied with safe, reliable and sustainable electricity now, and into the future.

The Saskatchewan Research Council (SRC), with funding from Saskatchewan’s Green Strategy, has up to $300,000 per year, for four years, to support net metering installations within the province. SRC will pay a one-time fee of 25% of eligible start-up costs up to a maximum of $100,000 (i.e., maximum $25,000). Projects with generating capacities of 100kW or less, including solar photovoltaic projects, that comply with the local utility’s net metering policies and enter into net metering contracts with their local electric utilities are eligible for funding under this program.

For more information please visit Saskatchewan Research Council.

http://www.saskpower.com/efficiency-programs-and-tips/generate-your-own-power/self-generation-programs/net-metering-program/

Hydro-Québec Netmetering

A self-generator is a Hydro-Québec customer who produces electricity using equipment they own and operate to meet part or all of their energy needs.

  • Are you a trail-blazer in self-generation technology?
  • Interested in a certain level of energy independence?
  • Ready to invest in power generation equipment?

As a self-generator, you can act on your convictions while optimizing your consumption.

http://www.hydroquebec.com/self-generation/

Prince Edward Island Net Metering

Renewable Energy

In December 2005 The PEI Renewable Energy Act and associated Regulations came into effect. This Act requires utilities to acquire at least 15 percent of the electrical energy that they sell from renewable sources beginning in 2010 and each year thereafter.

Maritime Electric has met the 15% requirement by purchasing wind generation from on-Island wind farms. Purchase of additional wind generation is planned beginning in 2012.

Also, Maritime Electric completed construction of an 85 km transmission line in 2009 to connect the 99MW West Cape Wind Farm to the grid. Most of the output from this wind farm is sold off-Island.

Maritime Electric supports the development of Prince Edward Island’s wind resource and its integration into the overall energy supply in a timely and consistent manner. Wind powered energy continues to play a valuable role in the long-term energy supply planning process and will contribute to the reduction in fossil fuel generation.

Net Metering

A Government policy objective incorporated in the Renewable Energy Act was the introduction of net metering for small capacity renewable energy generators up to 100 kW in size. Since the late 1970’s Maritime Electric had allowed the connection of small generators powered by renewable energy sources to its system.

The major change under net metering is that now the customer is credited at the retail price for energy supplied to the utility that is surplus to his load at the time, up to a maximum of what the customer can use during the following 12 months during times when his load is greater than his generation. Previously Maritime Electric had paid the customer the wholesale price for surplus generation supplied to the grid. Government’s intent in introducing net metering is to assist customers who want to supply a portion, or all, of their annual electricity load from their own small capacity renewable energy generator.

http://www.maritimeelectric.com/environment/env_energy.aspx