Alberta Indigenous Solar Program

The Alberta Indigenous Solar Program (AISP) is a program that provides grants to Alberta Indigenous communities or Indigenous organization to install solar photovoltaic (PV) systems on facilities owned by the community or organization.

The program supports solar power projects that assist in:

  • increasing Indigenous participation in Climate Leadership initiatives that reduce community greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions
  • the transition to a lower carbon economy
  • creating more sustainable community energy generation
  • equipping Indigenous communities with information to support them in investing in solar energy infrastructure

Eligibility

  • First Nation communities, Metis Settlements Metis Nation of Alberta and the Aseniwuche  Winewak  Nation
  • Indigenous-led organizations, including Friendship Centres and Indigenous community-owned businesses
  • Applicants must be in compliance with the terms and conditions of any previous Alberta Indigenous Relations funding
  • Applicant communities or organizations must be located in the Province of Alberta

Projects eligible for funding

AISP grant funding supports projects that:

  • are compliant with the Government of Alberta’s Micro-generation Regulation 27/2008 (for grid-connected projects)
  • are greater than or equal to two  kilowatts (kW DC PV array capacity) and less than or equal to one megawatt (MW DC PV array capacity) in installation capacity
    • For projects between one to five megawatts in capacity, communities or organizations are encouraged to apply for the Alberta Indigenous Green Energy Development Program (AIGEDP).
    • have a cost under $ 3.25 per watt. This requirement may be waved in exceptional situations on a case-by-case basis
    • are completed within one (1) year of the signing of the grant application
    • are new installations, where “new” is defined as installations that are completed and operational (energized) after the Indigenous Relations Climate Leadership grant application is approved.

Application deadline

  • The call for submissions will open June 30, 2017 and will remain open for submission until program funding is exhausted.

Funding levels

  • AISP provides funding for up to 80% of eligible expenses up to a maximum of $200,000 per project.
  • Applicants can access other non-Government of Alberta funded programs to cover the remaining 20% of the project costs. The maximum funding stacking level is 100% of eligible costs.
  • All funding sources should be clearly identified in the project budget.

Assessment process

Once the Application letter is received, the following process is implemented:

  • An assessment will be conducted by Indigenous Relations to ensure the application letter and other documents content the required information
  • An assessment will confirm applicant eligibility and suitability with the Alberta Indigenous Solar Program

Additional information may be requested if an application is incomplete. Applicants will be informed of any deficiencies and will be given two weeks to provide the additional information.

Note: All AISP grant applications are subject to Ministerial approval.

How to apply

All submissions must be made electronically to IR.climate@gov.ab.ca. Please note in the email subject line “AISP Application and (Community/Organization Name)”.

A hard copy of the submission may also be couriered to:

Alberta Indigenous Relations
Attention: Aboriginal Initiatives -AISP
19th Floor, Commerce Place
10155 – 102 Street,
Edmonton, AB T5J 4G8

Note: A comprehensively completed application package will ensure quicker processing of the application.

Questions

Have questions about the program, services or the grant application process?

  • email IR.climate@gov.ab.ca (preferred)   or,
  • phone 1-780-427-8407 
    To call toll-free from anywhere in Alberta, dial 310-0000, Monday to Friday from 8:15 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. MST.