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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. Property owners that are eligible to participate in the program install a solar system and then receive production-based top-up payments. The program aims to reduce the simple pay-back for installed solar systems to seven years.


2017 Solar PV Production Incentive Applications

We are now accepting applications for the 2017 Solar PV Production Incentive.

 The deadline for applications is April 28, 2017 at 4 p.m.

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. 

Details
OVERVIEW: 
  • Successful project applicants will qualify for a seven-year incentive agreement with the Town of Banff, paid quarterly based on solar system production. 
  • The program has capacity limits. If necessary, incentive recipients will be selected by lottery. 
  • All projects must meet development, building and electrical safety code requirements. Minimum installation requirements are a 2 kW solar electric system. 

ELIGIBILITY:
  • The Solar Incentive is available for both residential and commercial properties.
  • Only one application will be allowed per individual property. 

DETAILS:
  • 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. 
  • Building and Development permits are required for solar panels but associated fees are waived.
  • Eligible applicants must also 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 APPLY:
  • It’s recommended that you 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. You can also visit the CanSIA member directory to find a list of installers/contractors serving Banff.
  • Complete the Solar PV Production Incentive Application Form (PDF) and submit to the Town by the deadline indicated on the form.

SUPPORTING DOCUMENTATION – ONCE YOU ARE A PROGRAM PARTICIPANT:  

Info for Applicants with Shared Rooftops
  • Condo owners are eligible to participate in this program, with written permission from their condominium association. 
  • Condominium organizations are eligible to participate, to produce renewable electricity for common areas such as hallways and parking.

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