Solar power co-operatives and an $87-million incentive program could help Edmonton massively boost its consumption of renewable energy, a task force report says.

There’s potential to generate as much as 20 per cent of the electricity used in the city from renewable sources, up from the current one per cent, according to the report released Thursday.
Renewables, primarily solar in Edmonton, could also replace up to 10 per cent of the natural gas burned in the city, the report says.
But it will take work. One proposal is to increase the franchise fees paid by Epcor and Atco customers, then use that money to subsidize the installation of thousands of solar electricity panels and water heaters.
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