Project Development, Solar, Wind Power

Canada Expands Support for Renewables

The Canadian government has extended its financial support for renewable energy, and has expanded the technologies covered under the assistance program.

OTTAWA, Ontario, CA, 2001-07-19 [SolarAccess.com] The Canadian government has extended its financial support for renewable energy, and has expanded the technologies covered under the assistance program. The Renewable Energy Deployment Incentive was introduced in April 1998 to support four technologies for space conditioning: solar thermal water heating, solar thermal air heating, low-emission biomass systems, and earth energy heat pumps. The three-year program provided funding of C$4 million a year. The program was designed for non-residential installations of the technologies, and included an incentive of 25 percent of costs or 40 percent in remote communities. One hundred and thirty systems were given a rebate during the first three years and, earlier this year, public institutions were made eligible for assistance. In a quiet announcement last month, Natural Resources Canada extended the program for an additional three years with the same funding level. The program has been expanded to include marketing assistance for solar photovoltaic, small wind turbines and micro-hydro power installations. The maximum level of assistance has risen from $50,000 to $80,000, while the ceiling for multi-installations has gone from $200,000 to $250,000. In addition, schools and hospitals are also eligible for the incentive. NRCan may set up pilot incentive programs to target markets for on-site generation systems.