Grant Name: Solar for Schools Program

Status:

Active

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Deadline:

Ongoing

Description

Receive funding to install solar on schools to generate power, teach students about renewable energy, and reduce your environmental impact.

Eligibility

Schools within the province of Alberta which serve Kindergarten (K) and/or a set of grades 1-12 and report to School Authorities classified as Public, Separate, Francophone, and Charter by Alberta Education are eligible to participate. Solar can be installed at existing or new schools.

School Authorities can visit the Alberta Education Alberta Schools and Authorities website to determine if they meet the definition of a “School Authority” in the program.

Schools within School Authorities defined as Private, Provincial, Federal, and First Nations are not eligible for the program.

To qualify for funding, each solar PV system project must meet the following criteria:

  • The solar system must be located on a facility or parcel of land owned by the School Authority for the life of the solar system.
  • The solar system must be new and greater than or equal to 2 kilowatts (kW DC PV array capacity) and, it must be grid-connected and compliant with the Government of Alberta’s Microgeneration Regulation.
  • The solar system must be designed and installed by a qualified installer (not self-installed) who is a member of either Solar Alberta or the Canadian Renewable Energy Association.
  • The School Authority can stack funding incentives with the Solar for Schools Program, as long as all funding does not exceed the total costs of the solar installation.

How to Apply?

Step 1: Submit an Expression of Interest. This is a quick, non-committal step that will help us get to know more about your project, estimate how much funding you may receive, and walk you through next steps.

Step 2: Find solar contractors and get three or more quotes to confirm pricing and the size of system your appropriate for your school building or land. Many solar contractors will provide this service free of charge if the site is within their service area.

We recommend that you solicit quotes from a minimum of two vendors prior to entering into any contract. Here is how to choose a solar provider and a checklist to help you create a Request for Proposals (RFP) for solar PV installations.

Step 3: Allocate capital reserve funds or include the project in an existing infrastructure project budget. Then required, find additional funding sources that you can stack with the Solar for Schools Program. Check out this resource from the Alberta Council for Environmental Education for more funding opportunities.

Step 4: Submit an application form. Sign a contract with your selected solar installer and work with them to complete the Solar for Schools Program application. Then, sign a Funding Agreement, install your solar system, and receive your funding when the project is complete.

Funding Amount

Up to $3 million

Contact Information

Municipal Climate Change Action Centre

Alberta Municipalities

#300 8616 51 Ave

Edmonton, AB T6E E6E

Tel :

780-433-4431

310-2862 (toll free)

Processing Fee

N/A

Location/Classification

Alberta

Environmental

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