On-Farm Solar Photovoltaics – On-Farm Energy Management Sub-Program

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The program provides funding towards solar photovoltaics on Alberta farms. This enables producers to conserve non-renewable fossil fuels and reduce carbon emissions, ultimately reducing the environmental footprint of Alberta’s agriculture industry.

The Growing Forward 2 Solar Photovoltaics Program addresses two important industry priorities:

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

What kinds of PV Systems are eligible?

To be eligible for funding, a Photovoltaic system must be:

  • Grid-tied, not off-grid,
  • Approved under Alberta’s Micro-Generation Legislation,
  • Positioned to optimize sunshine and minimize shading,
  • Have manufacturer-warranties on: Solar modules, Racking, Inverters and/or Micro-inverters,
  • Producing power that is used in the production of a primary commodity, and
  • Purchased during the period from April 1, 2013 to March 31, 2018, including already-installed systems.

How are costs shared?

Grants are calculated based on an eligible system’s nominal wattage, up to a maximum percentage of system cost. Third-party contractor-installed systems are funded at a higher rate than self-installed systems. A maximum of $50,000 per applicant is available through the program.


Install Type

Without an Energy Assessment

With an Energy Assessment

Solar PV Contractor-Installed


to maximum 20% of project costs


to maximum 25% of project costs



to maximum 10% of project costs


to maximum 20% of project costs

Grant Maximum



Who can participate?

Producers in Alberta with a minimum of $10,000 farm commodity or livestock production income.

How do I start?

Submit an application form to the Solar Photovoltaics Program. Include a finalized quote showing:

  • All eligible project costs
  • Make & Model for Modules, Racking, and Inverters
  • An approved application to connect to the grid as a Micro-Generator

For more information

Phone: (780) 644-1197

Email: kelly.lund@gov.ab.ca

Web: www.growingforward.alberta.ca