As of February 1st, 2017, the Municipal Climate Change Action Centre (MCCAC) is permanently modifying the rebates and structure of the Alberta Municipal Solar Program (AMSP) on a go forward basis. Based on the success of the Early Applicant Bonus which ran from October to January 2017, modifications are being made to maintain increased uptake of the AMSP following the bonus period and to enable eligibility consistent with the updated Microgeneration Regulation. As a part of ongoing program evaluation, the MCCAC is now implementing the following two updates to the AMSP:
1. Rebate rates and contribution cap increased
The AMSP rebate rates are being adjusted to a level more closely approaching the Early Applicant Bonus in order to maintain an increased level of uptake, while not exceeding the rebate value of bonus rates in order to reward those who acted quickly. The new rebate rates permanently increase the previous categories by $0.15/Watt, while simultaneously increasing the maximum MCCAC contribution on eligible expenses from 20% to 25%.
2. Introduction of a new rebate size category
In order to broaden the size of projects eligible for the AMSP and to remain consistent with the updated Microgeneration Regulation, a new category and rebate rate for projects up to five megawatts will be added to the program. In order to be consistent with an approach of providing a rebate that accounts for economies of scale, projects in the 2MW to 5MW scale will be eligible for a slightly decreased rebate level.
The new AMSP rebate structure table appears below.
|Total Installed Capacity (DC)||Rebate|
|10 kilowatts to <150 kilowatts||$0.75/Watt|
|150 kilowatts to <2 Megawatts||$0.60/Watt|
|2 Megawatts to 5 Megawatts||$0.55/Watt|
The rebate provided by the MCCAC will not exceed 25% of eligible expenses
All funding for the AMSP will continue to be distributed on a first come, first served basis. Visit the Alberta Municipal Solar Program web page for more details or contact the MCCAC with any questions.