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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

Reading Time: 2 minutes 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

The lowdown on solar and wind leases

Reading Time: < 1 minute The Farmers’ Advocate Office has released a new publication titled Negotiating Renewable Energy Leases. “The FAO has been seeing an increase in the number of calls about negotiating wind and solar leases,” said spokesperson Jeana Schuurman. The publication covers some key differences between wind and solar leases and those for oil and gas. Since wind […] Read more

On-farm solar funding program reopens

Up to $50,000 is available for producers who want to generate solar power on their operations

Reading Time: 2 minutes Growing Forward 2’s On-Farm Solar Photovoltaics program has reopened and is accepting applications. There are a few revisions to the terms and conditions, said project engineer Kelly Lund. “We really encourage potential applicants to read through them to be sure they understand the changes to the program,” said Lund, noting full program information and forms […] 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

Reading Time: 4 minutes 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

The Alberta Solar Co-op plans to build a 12-acre solar farm in Starland County and have it operational by fall.

Starland County wants to spark solar revolution

The county established a co-op that is planning a solar farm that it hopes will be a model for Alberta communities

Reading Time: 3 minutes A new co-op plans to develop the first community-owned solar farm on the Prairies — a 12-acre block of solar panels to be located in Starland County. But the ultimate goal is much larger — to create a model that can be replicated across the province. “We’re excited that we can be a good host […] Read more