AFFORDABLE AND CLEAN ENERGY

How might we encourage the use of solar energy within households in Alberta?

Quang (Chester) Ho

With reports of the province’s carbon emissions comes environmental and policy incentives to reduce emissions. Post-secondary institutions in Alberta are preparing their students to work in new industries in order to diversify the economy and focus on improving the energy sector. The adoption of renewable energy is growing at a rapid rate. Moreover, the development of the solar industry is growing at a rate of over 90% per year. 

This growth seems to be reason enough to provide solar power with ample opportunity to have a strong presence in Alberta’s households, buildings and structures. However, that is not the case. There are barriers, including economic challenges, current government policies, and the personal beliefs of many Albertans, that prevent solar energy from being used to its full potential.

How might we better educate Albertans on the facts and impacts of wind energy in the province?

Sean Milan

Alberta is currently undergoing a massive change that will impact the future of its energy production. Under the mandate of the Climate Leadership Plan, the goal is to phase out coal-fired electricity generation by 2030. This transition will create new jobs and reduce emissions in Alberta moving forward. Part of the plan will be to replace a third of Alberta’s generation with renewable energy. 

The energy landscape of Alberta will change with new wind farms being installed across the province. This change will have an impact across the province. It is important for Albertans to have an understanding of the future energy climate and the impact it will have on both rural and urban areas.