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Helping Make Energy Efficiency Affordable by Kale Scarff, Energy Outreach Officer

There are many technologies Eligible projects of OFEMP and practices farmers and include: ranchers can implement on • Construction projects their operations to reduce their that install highenergy footprint and protect efficiency equipment (and possibly even increase) from the program’s profit margins. Carbon Funding List; emission reduction and energy • Retrofit projects that sustainability can both be improve operation practiced while also running an energy usage per unit of economically sustainable farm. production; and • Installation of submetres Increasing energy efficiency to monitor on-farm often requires an up-front electricity and/or natural investment in order to gas usage. obtain equipment that will save energy and money. Eligible OFSPV systems Unfortunately, the initial costs must be: of energy efficient products • Grid-tied, not off-grid; can be prohibitive for some • Approved under producers. The Government Alberta’s Microof Alberta, through Growing Generation Legislation; Forward 2 (GF2) a federal, • Positioned to optimize provincial,```` territorial sunshine and minimize initiative, offers two incentiveshading; based programs aimed at • Have manufacturerhelping Alberta farmers warranties on: Solar and ranchers reduce energy modules, Racking, consumption and thus costs. Inverters and/or Microinverters; and The GF2 On-Farm Energy • Producing power that is Management Program used in the production of (OFEMP) and the GF2 Ona primary commodity. Farm Solar Photovoltaic (OFSPV) Program offer The government has partnered farmers and ranchers the with three grassroots opportunity to become energy organizations staffed with efficient by sharing the cost Energy Outreach Officers to purchase energy efficient whose role is to promote or renewable technologies. the OFEMP and the These initiatives are intended OFSPV Program to Alberta to make energy efficient communities. Energy technology as affordable as Outreach Officers are available current technology, making to attend community events, the environmentally friendly talk about energy efficient choice also the economically technologies, as well as sensible choice. answer questions about the

OFEMP and OFSPV Program and explain the benefits of these programs to farmers and ranchers. The Outreach Officers are also more than happy to meet one-on-one with farmers and ranchers to help them find potential energy efficiency solutions for their operation. You can get in touch with your regional Outreach Officer by contacting your municipality, or by calling your regional representative directly. Regional Contact Information North-central Alberta, from the MD of Mackenzie down to Wetaskiwin County. Gateway Research Organization (GRO). .” Energy Outreach Officer – Kale Scarff Phone: (780) 307-7849 Email: Eastern Alberta, from Lac La Biche County to the Special Areas. Lakeland College. South-central Alberta, from Clearwater County to Cypress County. SouthGrow Regional Initiative. Energy Outreach Officer – Vern Steinborn Phone: (403) 894-0050 Email: vern.steinborn@ To learn more about the OFEMP and the OFSPV Program visit

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