Community-Owned RenewablesFact Sheet

Publication - Sept. 27, 2010 - By Dave Lovekin, Ryan Kilpatrick

Community-owned renewable energy projects are generally locally owned and operated, and are designed to provide local economic and social benefits. These projects commonly involve electricity production, but can also involve the production of heating and transportation fuels.

Community-owned renewable energy facilities create local jobs and revenue with less environmental impacts than conventional energy options. A community that owns a renewable energy facility keeps most of the profit, controls the facility's operation and contributes to a healthier environment.

This fact sheet on community-owned renewable energy projects:

  • describes the benefits of these projects;
  • shows what kind of projects have the most potential in Alberta;
  • provides information on programs and resources to support projects; and
  • outlines the steps for starting a project.


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