“We have heard directly from students from across Alberta and their message is clear – they want us to be leaders on climate change. A number of school boards had already been asking about the possibility of installing these panels and we are pleased to be able to partner with them to invest in our public infrastructure.”

David Eggen, Minister of Education

“Climate change is real. Albertans are ready to take action because ignoring the problem is not a solution. Installing solar panels on schools is one way our future leaders can learn about energy options that reduce long-term cost and emissions.”

Shannon Phillips, Minister Responsible for the Climate Change Office

The total investment in these installations will be at least $9 million and there will be more discussion about the projects with school boards. Government will also establish a committee to evaluate the impact of the installations with a goal of expanding the program over time.

Putting solar panels on schools was a recommendation made by students to the Alberta government as a way to demonstrate leadership on tackling climate change.