New Grants for Energy Efficiency in Agriculture
On January 29, 2018, Minister of Agriculture and Forestry Oneil Carlier announced new funding for energy efficiency programs in the Alberta Agriculture sector, saying, “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.”
The new funds are a continuation of joint Federal and Provincial initiatives that were used to capacity last year. Over the next four years, more than $81Million is being made available to support eligible projects that didn’t receive funding last year and will also allow new applicants to apply.
Grant applications are being finalized and will soon be available on the Alberta Agriculture and Forestry website www.agriculture.alberta.ca for the following programs:
- Farm Energy and Agri-Processing: For primary producers and smaller agri-processors 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.