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SolarSolar Photovoltaic (PV) Production Incentive
The Town of Banff has launched a program to encourage property owners to install solar photovoltaic systems that produce renewable electricity. The incentive program is funded from the environmental reserve, which is generated through a franchise fee that the electrical utility pays to use the space under the streets to run its wires for providing electricity.

2017 Solar PV Production Incentive Applications
The application process for 2017 has now closed.

How Does the Program Work?
The Town of Banff Solar PV Incentive Program is now an up-front rebate program, with funding based on the size of solar system installed. Eligible participants install a solar PV system on their home or business, and then receive a financial rebate from the Town, based on the size of the solar system installed. In 2017, the Town will provide eligible participants with a rebate of $750/kW of solar capacity installed, to a maximum of 7.5 kW.

Participants in the Banff Solar Incentive Program are also eligible for a provincial solar rebate. Details on the provincial solar rebate can be found through Energy Efficiency Alberta.

Eligibility 
  • The Solar Incentive is available for both residential and commercial properties.
  • Only one application will be allowed per individual property. 
  • There was an intake of applicants for the 2017 Solar PV Incentive Program in April 2017. The application process has now closed for 2017.

Terms & Conditions
  • All projects must meet development, building and electrical safety code requirements. Minimum installation requirements are a 2 kW solar electric system. 
  • Project must be complete and all documentation submitted by December 31, 2017.
  • All electrical systems must be CSA or ULC approved for installation in Canada. 
  • Applicants are responsible to complete the project and submit the necessary paperwork to receive the incentive, including a completed Microgeneration Agreement with Fortis. 
  • Town of Banff Building and Development permits are required for solar panels but associated fees are waived.
  • Town of Banff Solar Panel Design Guidelines (PDF) describe requirements for the visual integration of solar panels on buildings for land use districts throughout the community.
  • Eligible applicants must commit to participate in sharing the story and data of their solar installation with the community in various ways including, but not limited to: articles in the local newspaper, Facebook, YouTube, and the Town of Banff website. 

How to Participate – A Step-by-Step Guide
  1. Have your property assessed by a solar installer. These assessments are usually free, and tell you what size of solar array you are able to install and the approximate cost. Applicants should choose service providers that are familiar with the details of this program. Visit the CanSIA Member Directory or Solar Energy Society of Alberta to find installers/contractors serving Banff.
  2. Complete a Solar Incentive Application Form, and submit to the Town by the deadline as indicated on the form. The application process has now closed for 2017.
  3. The Town will inform all applicants if they were successful in their application to participate in the program. The program has capacity limits, and if necessary, incentive recipients will be selected by lottery.
  4. Participants contact their chosen solar installer to proceed with completing their solar PV system. The solar installer will work with you to complete the following steps: 
    • a. Apply for all necessary permits:
      • Town of Banff development permit (fees waived). The Town uses the Solar Panel Design Guidelines (PDF) to ensure solar installations are visually integrated with the buildings to which they are attached.
      • Town of Banff building permit (fees waived)
      • Micro-generation application and agreement
      • Electrical permit
    • b. Installation of the solar PV system
    • c. Electrical inspections and grid connection
  5. Once your solar system is complete, submit documentation to the Town of Banff that demonstrates that your solar PV system has been installed and is generating renewable electricity. The Town of Banff requires that the following documentation be submitted.
    • Micro-generation agreement
    • Interconnection agreement with wire service provider
    • Certificate of inspection – wire service provider
    • Detailed receipt or invoice for solar installation 
    This documentation will be provided to you by your solar installer. Submit these documents to Kerry MacInnis, Administrative Assistant, Planning,Town of Banff 403.762.1215 c/o PO Box 1260, Banff, AB T1L 1A1. 
  6. The Town of Banff will issue you a solar rebate cheque. 
  7. Generate and use renewable solar electricity, and save on your electricity bill!

Learn More


Solar Program Wins Prestigious Emerald Award for Innovation
The Town of Banff’s Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Production Incentive was recognized June 8, 2016 by the Alberta Emerald Foundation at the 25th Annual Emerald Awards (PDF) , which celebrate outstanding environmental achievements across all sectors in Alberta. 

Town Hall Solar Panels
Solar panels were installed on the roof of Banff Town Hall in August 2013 and now you can track how much power they’re generating. 

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Banff Town Hall's Solar PanelsAbout the Project
This project was not only designed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions generated by municipal operations, but to inspire local businesses and residents to consider converting their own electricity source to solar-generated power.

Banff experiences an average of 15 hours of daylight in summer and over nine hours in winter. A solar photovoltaic system has no minimum requirement of hours to work, and will generate power even on cloudy days, as long as the panels are not shaded by trees or other structures. 

A monitor has also been installed in the lobby of Town Hall to display real-time readings of the electricity generated, equivalent uses, and emissions saved by the solar panels. 

The town also has solar panels on the top of the Wolf Street washrooms. Learn more about that project, and other Green Buildings and Facilities.

Water & Energy Use
View the historic numbers on the Water & Energy Use of Banff residents and find out more about how the Town Operations Department manages Banff's water supply & wastewater