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County of Wetaskiwin receives $180K for solar energy initiative

The initiative aims to help county residents reduce their electricity bills by installing solar systems
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The County of Wetaskiwin, in partnership with Joint Economic Development Initiatives (JEDI), announced the launch of a new residential solar installation grant Program. ( Courtesy - Ponoka News)

The County of Wetaskiwin, in partnership with Joint Economic Development Initiatives (JEDI), announced the launch of a new residential solar installation grant Program.

The initiative aims to help county residents reduce their electricity bills via sustainable energy solutions, the county said in a media release. 

Thanks to a $187,500 donation from the John Maude and Susan Quinn Charitable Foundation, the program will provide financial aid to homeowners seeking to install solar PV systems on their properties.

Eligible residents can receive a grant of up to $7,500 to cover the costs of purchasing and installing a minimum 5kW solar PV system. 

"We are grateful to the John Maude and Susan Quinn Charitable Foundation for their support in making this initiative possible," said Reeve Josh Bishop.

"We're excited this program is available to assist our residents in reducing their electricity costs and enhancing energy efficiency,” Bishop added.

Applications are now open and will be managed by JEDI, the economic development provider for the County.

Residents interested in applying must obtain a quote for a solar PV system of at least 5kW and submit their application for pre-approval. 

Additional requirements include obtaining necessary development and building permits and passing a final electrical inspection by Superior Safety Codes.

The program emphasizes that funds will be allocated on a first-come-first-serve basis, and applications must be completed within eight months of receiving pre-approval. 

For more details on the application process and eligibility criteria, residents can visit the County's website or contact the JEDI office. 



Qiam Noori, Local Journalism Initiative

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