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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 will be funded from the environmental reserve. The program will require those qualifying property owners to install the solar system, and then receive production-based top-up payments over the next seven years. 

2016 Solar PV Production Incentive Applications
Applications for the 2016 allocation closed April 29. We will be accepting applications again in early 2017. 

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, which celebrate outstanding environmental achievements across all sectors in Alberta. 

  • 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. 

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

  • Project must be complete and all documentation submitted by December 31.
  • 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 (if any) are under review.
  • 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. 

  • It’s recommended that you obtain an installer assessment of your property. Applicants should choose service providers 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 Incentive Application Form. Installers can fill out the basic information on the form but the declarations and signature must be completed by the owner/applicant. 
  • Copies of the completed Microgeneration Agreement with Fortis must be submitted prior to disbursement of the incentive. 
  • Ensure you have a copy of all the documents for your records. Submit your completed application and subsequent supporting documents to Kerry MacInnis, Administrative Assistant, Planning, Town of Banff 403.762.1215 c/o PO Box 1260, Banff, AB T1L 1A1. 

Info for Applicants with Shared Rooftops

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
The most extensive photovoltaic panel installation in the Bow Valley to date, the project is 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