Community Energy Capacity Building Program

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Community organizations across the province have an opportunity to play a prominent role in supporting the on-going transition to clean energy by developing their own renewable energy projects. These projects will enable Albertans to directly access and share the benefits of community scale renewable energy generation.

To support the development of these projects, Energy Efficiency Alberta is launching the Community Energy Capacity Building Program  to provide funding for capacity building activities. Projects with activities focused on community energy development, could include but are not limited to, renewable energy project feasibility studies, business case development, webinars and training.

Read our CECB FAQ and Guide to learn more about the program.


All non-commercial organizations and commercial co-operatives registered in Alberta and under an applicable government act may apply for the program. The following is a non-exhaustive list of the types of organizations who should consider applying:

  • Co-operative organizations
  • Registered charity
  • Community associations
  • Industry associations
  • Not-for-profit corporations
  • Municipalities
  • Post-secondary educational institutions
  • Indigenous communities or organizations

Please note that although partnerships are allowed, each application must be completed by a single organization, with partners listed as directed.

Projects Eligible for Funding

The program will fund two types of projects that build capacity within a community organization, which will eventually result in the development of a specific, small or micro-scale renewable energy system. The types are as follows;

  1. Projects that involve capacity building for a specific type of community-scale renewable energy project. These may include: renewable energy project pre-feasibility and feasibility studies, regulatory studies, or analysis of technical project requirements.
  2. Projects that involve capacity building for community energy projects as a whole in the province through the development of knowledge tools or education initiatives such as webinars, training, and workshops.

Application Deadline

Funding will be awarded following the receipt and evaluation of all applications received on or before Monday, March 12th, 2018 by Midnight (Mountain Time) via e-mail.

Application Process

Applicants will be notified of the decision via e-mail no later than March 31st, 2018. Funding will be provided following the decision.

How To Apply

Download the Application. Submit the form along with all supporting documents, if any, to by the application deadline.  Please use email subject line “CECB Application – (Community/Organization Name)”.

Funding Levels

The total program budget is $400,000 that may be disbursed toward one or more projects at Energy Efficiency Alberta’s discretion. It is required that for projects seeking funding equal to or greater than $80,000, the applicant must contribute a minimum of 20 per cent of the total project expenses toward the project budget. This contribution could be in the form of direct financial input to the project budget or in the form of services provided by the applicant organization in delivering the project.

Ready to Get Started?

Interested organizations are invited to submit their application form.