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  • 4 Oct 2018 7:30 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Municipal Climate Change Action Centre (MCCAC) is pleased to announce an extension of funding and updates to the Alberta Municipal Solar Program (AMSP).

    The popular program launched in 2016  was approaching full subscription of its original $5 million grant. To date, the AMSP has supported 60 projects in 28 municipalities across the province, which combined will support 83 jobs and reduce more than 102,000 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions during their lifecycles.

    The AMSP provides funding to Alberta municipalities who install grid-connected solar photovoltaic (PV) systems on municipally owned facilities or land and complete public engagement for the project. Solar PV is a technology that converts sunlight into direct current electricity by using semiconductors. This technology allows adopters to independently generate clean renewable energy and reduce the costs on their electricity bills.

    Now, thanks to additional funding from the Government of Alberta, municipalities who have not yet had a chance to participate in this exciting program can still apply.

    Among the changes now in effect for the AMSP, the maximum eligible rebate per project has increased from 25 per cent to 30 per cent of eligible expenses.

    Additionally, an increased incentive for first-time applicants is now available. The first-time applicant bonus rebate of $0.25/watt is available to municipalities that have not previously participated in the AMSP for their first project. Any municipality that has already received an incentive through the AMSP for a completed project, or has signed an AMSP Implementation Funding Agreement for a project under construction and yet to be completed since the launch of the program on February 5, 2016, is not eligible for this bonus.

    AMSP funding is available on a first-come, first-serve basis and municipalities are eligible to submit multiple applications.

    For more information on the AMSP and updated program terms and conditions, go to www.mccac.ca/programs/AMSP.

  • 4 Oct 2018 7:27 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Have you heard about viability reviews? Is one taking place in or near your municipality?

    Alberta’s current viability review process was approved in June 2012. A viability review provides an analysis of a municipality’s governance, finances, infrastructure, and services, through which municipalities can determine their viability and develop a plan to address potential challenge areas. Viability reviews are meant to evaluate whether a municipality is sustainable, not to examine council or administrative practices; it may also lead to recommendations for maintaining viability. Below are some high-level details:

    • The review generally takes approximately nine to twelve months but there have been exceptions to expediate the process.
    • The review process is on a rotating timeline sequencing through Alberta municipalities. Should a municipal council believe that the sustainability or viability of the municipality is in jeopardy, the council can write to the Minister of Municipal Affairs to request a review.
    • The review process includes a selected viability review team to collect and analyze key municipal information regarding governance, finances, programs, and services offered by the municipality.
    • The viability review team is composed of representatives from Municipal Affairs, the municipality undergoing the review, the potential receiving municipality (if the review municipality were to dissolve) and municipal associations, such as: Rural Municipalities of Alberta (RMA), Alberta Rural Municipal Administrators Association (ARMAA), Alberta Summer Villages Association (ASVA), Alberta Urban Municipalities Association (AUMA), and the Local Government Administration Association (LGAA).
    • Members of the municipality are provided with opportunities to offer input into the viability review process through surveys, delegations to viability review team meetings, open houses, and public meetings.
    • If the process leads to a vote, electors (of the reviewed municipality) will be able to vote on whether or not to dissolve the municipality.

    For more information on viability reviews, and to see the status of current reviews, click here. Regardless of a viability review, municipalities can also complete the self-assessment questionnaire to identify actions they can take to promote ongoing municipal sustainability.

    Questions about viability reviews or requests for a presentation to council on viability reviews can be directed to the Municipal Sustainability team via email at viabilityreview@gov.ab.ca or by telephone toll-free at 310-0000 or 780-427-2225.


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