Solar PV and Biomass for Northern Communities Information Day

April 1, 2016 - 3:00pm to 10:00pm

Municipal Councils, residents and MLA’s are cordially invited to an information day on Solar electricity and Biomass energy for communities in Northern Alberta. This will be an opportunity to learn about alternative energy and available funding for municipalities, as well as participate in a regional discussion about the role of alternative energy in our communities.

Paul Cabaj, from ACE (, the development consultant for the Alberta Solar Coop, will take attendees through the process of a community solar project, and how they can build on the model of community owned solar farm being developed near Drumheller. He will inspire community representatives to consider such a project locally!

Trevor Locke, from Nu Energy Edmonton, will talk about the mechanics of solar and the regulation of solar electricity, what it is, what systems are for residences or businesses, and how it may impact municipal planning and bylaws. 

Attendees will learn about solar electricity, infrastructure necessary for solar to be installed, costs of solar, community projects, Provincial Gov’t and other funding for a community solar project, feed-in tariffs and carbon credits associated with using solar electricity.

Municipal Governments, being involved with landfills, will find Mark Porta, from International Clean Energy Consulting Inc., enlightening. He will share details of a 1 MW biogas digester plant, that runs on waste wood and/or municipal solid waste. As there are costs associated with construction of landfills, it would be beneficial to consider diverting waste to energy as a savings, and the second payback would be the potential energy that is created, which could be an additional revenue stream. 

Municipal government representatives, MLA’s and town and county managers are invited to a very informative event, geared specifically towards information for municipal leaders.

The cost of the in-service is $20/attendee – nutrition break & coffee & tea are provided. Attendees are asked to dine in any of the variety of restaurants in Peace River.

RSVP: Wanda Laurin (Peace River Environmental Society) [email protected] or 780-624-2751 on or before March 21 to reserve your seat, or for further information.

Schedule of the Day

08:30-09:00coffee & greetings
09:00-09:30Solar community project (Paul Cabaj, ACE & Spark)
09:30-10:15Q & A on community solar projects
10:15-10:30coffee & nutrition break
10:30-11:00Solar PV Information (Trevor Locke, Nu Energy)
11:00-12:00THINKTANK: Municipalities and Alt Energy (Facilitated by Northern Lakes College)
  • How would municipalities handle issues around taxation (property taxes, energy produced taxes)?
  • What opportunities do we see in the Peace Country?
12:00-1:00LUNCH – restaurant’s in Peace River
1:00- 1:30Biomass – Municipal Solid Waste (Mark Porta, Int’l Clean Energy)
1:30- 2:00Q & A – biomass & landfill issues/opportunities/regulation
2:00-2:15coffee & movement break
2:15-3:30THINKTANK: Community Innovation in Alt Energy (Facilitated by Northern Lakes College)
How would a community operate their own alternative energy co-op?
3:30-4:00Closing Remarks



Springfield School
7701 99 Street (North End, on the East side of the river)
Peace River , AB