Financial Support for Student Learning and Greening Infrastructure

Financial support for green infrastructure

  • We have gathered a list of grants, contests, and awards that enable student learning (e.g. Inside Education's A+ for Energy program provides up to $5,000).

  • Energy Efficiency Alberta's Business Energy Savings Program offers rebates to encourage schools to choose high-efficiency products (up to $25,000 per individual facility).  Note: This program is on hold until further notice. 

  • Solar for Schools Program is a program provided by the Municipal Climate Change Action Centre that provides rebates to Alberta Public School Boards who install photovoltaic systems (PV) on their school. The Government of Alberta is investing $15 million into this program.  Read the news release here.

  • Energy Performance Contracts are made possible through Alberta's Capital Borrowing Regulation under the school act (considered a 'best practice' nationally).  They transfer the risk of borrowing for major energy efficiency retrofits from the school board to the contractor.  Click here for more information by the Energy Services Association of Canada.

  • The Clean Energy Improvement Program (more commonly known as PACE) is a way to finance energy efficiency upgrades or renewable energy projects through property taxes.  Note: This program is still in the development stage.  

“Schools should prepare us for the future, not the past. The future of the world will be built on sustainability. If we learn what sustainable technologies are available when we are in school, we will be able to help shape the future of global sustainability when we graduate.” 

- Quinn, student at Jasper Place high school in Edmonton