EDMONTON - New and expanded energy-efficiency programs have been announced to help Alberta farms and agri-processors reduce their emissions and energy bills.
$1.4 billion in provincial Climate Leadership Plan funding was announced In December 2017, to assist in the transition to a diversified, low-carbon economy. Over the next four years, more than $81 million will be made available for the agriculture sector through the Climate Leadership Plan and the federal government.
Provincial Agriculture Minister Oneil Carlier, sees Alberta's agriculture sector as being at the forefront of adopting innovative new practices and enhancing environmental stewardship.
"That’s why we have developed these efficiency programs to meet the demand – improving the sustainability of agricultural operations, addressing climate change and reducing costs to help the sector remain competitive in the global marketplace.”
The government provided $10 Million to agriculture energy-efficiency programs last year but, there were nearly twice as many applicants as projects that were funded. This new funding will allow eligible projects that didn’t receive funding last year to access funds, while allowing new applicants to apply under the expanded programs.
The grant programs will include the following:
-- 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.
Applications for the energy-efficiency programs are being finalized and will be available at Agriculture Alberta.
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