SOLutions - Fall/Winter 2011 - (Page 61)

Feature PROOF PILOT By Susan Miller IS IN THE EDMONTON CONTINUES TO SHINE WITH SOLAR-BASED SOLUTIONS ❝Within a few weeks of the program’s introduction, the $200,000 program was sold out, according to Barbara Daly, project manager in Edmonton’s Office of Environment, Sustainable Development Department.❞ DO EDMONTON HOMEOWNERS AND businesses have a strong appetite for solar energy solutions? Some might say the proof is in the pilot. After launching the City of Edmonton Solar Electric pilot program in September 2010, the city recognized a voracious public demand for solar energy solutions. Within a few weeks of the program’s introduction, the $200,000 program was sold out, according to Barbara Daly, project manager in edmonton’s Office of environment, Sustainable Development Department. The pilot funds allowed homeowners up to $9,000 and commercial businesses up to $18,000 to cover the costs of photovoltaic (PV) systems. Daly credits the generous incentive as a key factor in spurring public interest. “We learned that when an attractive price incentive is offered, the public is very supportive of solar power,” she said. The program not only allowed Edmonton to expand its base of PV systems, but also helped the city better understand barriers that could continued on page 62 S Lutions Fall/Winter 2011 • 61 http://www.cansia.ca

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of SOLutions - Fall/Winter 2011

About CanSIA
On the Right Track
SOLAR CANADA 2011
Pushing the Envelope
A Solar Tax Credit
Community Power Groups
Teaching the Standard
Cutting Through the Haze
Driving Long-Term Growth
Overwhelming Interest
Proof is in the Pilot
Green Energy Gets the Green Light
Built for Light Loads
Membership Bloom
What CanSIA Does for Your Organization
Solar Calendar
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