The research also shows that providing public engagement within these projects is important in order to inspire more solar installations. To this end, the City sponsors several programs related to solar energy. Through our Eco-City Edmonton grants, these include Kids World of Energy, Women Building Futures solar training, Sun In a Box Community Engagement, and the Yellowhead Tribal Solar Development. The City has also sponsored Solar Energy Society of Alberta seminars and their annual Solar Trade Show.
The City’s goal is to achieve a 50% reduction in GHG emissions below 2005 levels by 2030. Meeting this goal will require the City, in part, to build out another 20 million watts of solar PV capacity (equivalent to 6% of total corporate electricity use), and purchase renewable electricity for the rest of its operations. Many more solar projects are already underway on City facilities, so stay tuned to see some more beautiful solar arrays!
In the meantime, why not put solar on your own home, with the City of Edmonton’s Solar Incentive Program?