Edmonton, AB - (February 27, 2017) – The Canadian solar industry is primed to participate in the Government of Alberta’s newly launched Residential and Commercial Solar Program – a 36 million dollar program supporting the installation of solar electricity generation on residential, multi-residential and small commercial roofs across the province with the goal of achieving 10,000 new solar roofs. This program will compliment other supportive policy targeting households, businesses, farms, indigenous communities and municipalities to make investments in becoming more energy efficient.
“Alberta, a province best known for its oil and gas industry, is also rapidly becoming western Canada’s leader in renewable energy. The Government of Alberta is positioning the province for the diversification of its energy future by exploring another one of its abundant energy sources – the sun. More Albertan households and small businesses will now be empowered to go solar, strengthening local economies and creating jobs. The government has delivered on their word and the Canadian solar industry is ready to deliver in return.” - John Gorman, President and CEO of Canadian Solar Industries Association (CanSIA
- support the creation of 900 jobs in Alberta’s solar sector
- cut solar installation costs by up to 30 per cent for residences, and up to 25 per cent for businesses and non-profits
- reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the province by about a half million tonnes, the equivalent of taking 100,000 passenger vehicles off the road
To ensure Albertans receive timely access, the government is posting a Request for Proposal to identify a third party to deliver the new program. Details will be defined in coming months, including qualifying systems, installation and eligibility requirements. Sign up for CanSIA's E-News to receive updates.
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. With 400 expected attendees spanning across the industry, Solar West is certain to be an event energy insiders cannot miss.
Canadian Solar Industries Association (CanSIA) is a national trade association that represents the solar energy industry throughout Canada. Since 1992, CanSIA has worked to develop a strong, efficient, ethical and professional Canadian solar energy industry with capacity to provide innovative solar energy solutions and to play a major role in the global transition to a sustainable, clean-energy future. Learn more at www.cansia.ca. Follow CanSIA on Twitter and Facebook.
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