Micro-generation

Light Up Alberta Program
Alberta has a wealth of imaginative and environmentally sensitive people. The amount of Solar systems installed in the province is on the rise. How can we encourage even more micro-generation investment in the province?
We believe in paying micro-generators a reasonable price for the surplus green electricity they produce and ship back to the grid. To encourage more Albertans to invest in solar systems, we pay a premium of 1 ¢/kWh on electricity exported to the grid.
Eligible micro-generators in Alberta receive an additional
1.0 ¢/kWh
on electricity exported back to the grid
How It Works
Light Up Alberta is a non-government program created to help increase the earning potential of micro-generators. It was designed for residential, farm, and small commercial customers who are both importing and exporting electricity to the grid.
Join the Program
To join the Light Up Alberta program you must:
  1. Be signed up as a customer of one of the Energy Marketers in our network.
  2. Be a micro-generation customer.
  3. Contact your Energy Marketer's customer care team to notify them that you want to join the program. The customer care team will review your account and approve eligible customers.
Please note: those individuals who receive funding through Energy Efficiency Alberta's Residential and Commercial Solar Program (RCSP) cannot sell the environmental attributes generated through their PV solar system as they are kept by Energy Efficiency Alberta. For more information click here. RCSP recipients however, will still be paid under the Light Up Alberta Program if you are a customer of any one of our Energy Marketers.
What is Micro-generation?
Micro-generation is the production of electricity on a small scale, using renewable and alternative energy sources. Energy sources are typically solar and wind that are generated by individual home owners and small businesses, as well as municipal and community buildings to meet their electricity needs.
Micro-generators receive credits for the electricity they produce but do not consume. Small micro-generators, sized under 150 kilowatts, are credited for the electricity sent back to the grid on a monthly basis at their retail rate.
In 2016, the Micro-generation Regulation was amended to provide more flexibility for rules on how Albertans can generate electricity. Changes include increasing the size limit of a micro-generation system to 5 megawatts from 1 megawatt and allowing a micro-generating system to serve adjacent sites.