Industry worried new Alberta government will cancel solar-power rebates

Last month’s change in government in Alberta (the United Conservative Party headed by Jason Kenney won a majority) is creating a lot of uncertainty about the future of the rebate program — and the future of Energy Efficiency Alberta, the government agency that administers the rebates designed to encourage Albertans to switch to renewable energy sources.

“Given that it’s early days for the newly elected provincial government, it will take some time to determine the future of this program,” said Doris Kaufmann Woodcock, a spokesperson for the agency.

Kaufmann Woodcock said more than 1,500 residential and commercial solar projects have been completed and 900 more are in the works. Most of them, 2,200, involve residential projects.

The original goal of the program was to invest $36 million to generate 48 megawatts of electricity by 2020.

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