The diverse communities that make up our region are the heart of the SouthGrow, Alberta SouthWest, and Economic Development Lethbridge organizations.

SAAEP provides our members with up-to-date information, industry networking, and the opportunity to develop and showcase renewable energy within their communities.

 SAAEP Member Communities

Blood TribeCardston CountyCity of LethbridgeID of Waterton ♦ Lethbridge CountyMD of Pincher CreekMD of RanchlandMD of Taber ♦ MD of Willow CreekMunicipality of Crowsnest PassTown of CardstonTown of ClaresholmTown of CoaldaleTown of CoalhurstTown of Fort MacleodTown of GranumTown of MagrathTown of Milk RiverTown of NantonTown of Picture ButteTown of Pincher CreekTown of RaymondTown of Stavely ♦ Town of TaberTown of Vauxhall ♦ Town of VulcanVillage of ArrowwoodVillage of BarnwellVillage of CarmangayVillage of CouttsVillage of CowleyVillage of GlenwoodVillage of HillspringVillage of LomondVillage of MiloVillage of NoblefordVillage of StirlingVillage of WarnerVulcan County


The Community and Co-operative Renewable Energy Opportunity

Aside from benefit-sharing arrangements with industry-owned projects, Alberta co-ops, First Nations, and municipalities are working to ensure sustainable economic growth is realized through the development of community and co-operatively owned renewable energy projects.

These developments will assist government in carrying out its renewable energy priorities, while creating broad public benefits, engagement and support.



Alberta Co-operative Energy

ACE, a joint venture between three energy retailers, provides customers with a democratic voice and competitive, sustainable services for their energy needs

The Alberta Solar Co-op

Based in Starland County, the Co-op is organizing and financing a community-based and owned solar-farm

PACE Alberta

An organizing initiative to bring comprehensive PACE financing for energy efficiency and solar to Alberta communities

Vulcan Solar Park

The town of Vulcan, with its corporate and community partners, designed and built a first-of-its-kind solar park, giving visitors a chance to tour and learn about solar in a unique setting

Cardston Municipal Solar Projects

This SAAEP member community is in the process of installing 200kw of solar PV, shared between their ice arena and municipal office building. The town is also under-taking an LED lighting retrofit to help lower electricity

Green Acres Hutterite Colony

Canada’s largest community-based, utility-scale solar project, the 2MW site powers the colony’s plastics recycling business, as well as exports electricity to the grid

Lubicon Solar project

A source of community pride and innovation, the Piitapan Solar project powers the health centre in Little Buffalo, in the heart of oil-sands country

Town of Raymond

In 2018 the town successfully commissioned over 1MW of solar energy systems across all of its civic buildings, becoming one of North America’s first net-zero municipalities


Canadian Examples and Resources of Community Power


City of Nelson Solar Garden

Nelson BC is developing a community solar facility, that allows residents to invest in a number of solar modules in a central location, as opposed to their own roofs

Vancouver Renewable Energy Cooperative

A workers’ co-op. VREC managers, staff and volunteers design and install solar energy systems across Vancouver and the BC Lower Mainland, as well as managing a RRSP-eligible solar bond offering called SolShare

Peace Energy Cooperative

Based in Dawson Creek, B.C., the co-operative holds shares in the Bear Mountain Wind-Park, and was instrumental in its development as B.C.’s first wind facility

Millbrook Community Wind

Four First Nation communities, a German wind developer and an infrastructure funding partner teamed up to successfully build and operate a 24MW portfolio of utility-scale wind energy in Nova Scotia