Alberta government expands funding for the Climate Leadership Plan

Ellen Cools
January 30, 2018
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Paul Flesher, president of Crust Craft Inc., speaks with Minister of Agriculture and Forestry Oneil Carlier about the new and expanded energy-efficiency programs for the agriculture sector.
Paul Flesher, president of Crust Craft Inc., speaks with Minister of Agriculture and Forestry Oneil Carlier about the new and expanded energy-efficiency programs for the agriculture sector. Courtesy Alberta government
January 30, 2018 — The Alberta government has announced that more than $81 million over the next four years is being made available for the agriculture sector through the Climate Leadership Plan and the federal government.

“This investment in energy efficiency will help agricultural producers save energy and money, supporting their future growth and sustainability. With new opportunities for solar power, low-pressure irrigation and energy savings, these grants will make life more affordable for Alberta’s farmers and agri-processors while also supporting our transition to a low-carbon economy,” said Shannon Phillips, Minister of Environment and Parks and Minister Responsible for the Climate Change Office.

Last year, the government of Alberta provided $10 million to agriculture energy-efficiency programs. There were nearly twice as many applicants as projects that were founded. The Alberta government says this new funding will allow eligible projects that didn’t receive funding last year to access funds, as well as allowing new applicants to apply under the expanded programs.

Grant programs include:

• Farm energy and agri-processing: for primary producers and smaller agri-processers to improve overall energy efficiency
• On-farm solar PV: for farm electricity customers to install solar panels
• Irrigation efficiency: to convert high-pressure irrigation systems into low-pressure systems
• Energy savings for agri-processors: for larger agri-processors to improve energy efficiency

Applications for the energy-efficiency programs are being finalized and will be available at agriculture.alberta.ca .

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