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Get advice on renewable energy leases

The Farmers’ Advocate Office has released an updated guide for landowners who have been approached by renewable energy developers to lease land for wind and solar developments. The first version of the guide, called Renewable Energy in Alberta, only came out in February but has been revised following a series of presentations to landowners across […] Read more

Starland County hoped to be building its solar farm by now, 
but it is stalled until the province moves ahead on its solar energy framework.

Community-based project lost in the shuffle over solar power

Government inaction jeopardizes proposed community solar farm that backers hoped would be a model for rural Alberta

It only takes a cursory glance at the headlines to recognize that a solar energy boom is coming to Alberta. Last year, the province set a target of having 30 per cent renewable energy by 2030 — but it remains to be seen whether farmers and rural communities will be able to ride this coming […] Read more


This 9.8-kilowatt system was installed on a farm in Flagstaff County in 2012.

Navigating Alberta’s solar energy boom

Experts weigh in with some best practices for installing solar energy arrays — and getting the job done right

Interest in solar energy on farms and ranches is reaching a fever pitch, thanks in large part to the provincial government’s $5.5-million commitment in February to help farms and municipalities connect solar panels to the electrical grid. And farmers are not the only ones taking notice. With the decline of Alberta’s oil sector, there are […] Read more