Could the sunny weather save you money?
 
The City of Fort Saskatchewan has set out rules and regulations for residents looking to produce their own solar energy. Solar collectors that don't create more than 10 kilowatts of power on the site only require a building permit and electrical permit.
 
"It's a fairly simple process because it doesn't require a development permit," said Stacey Ofstie, planning and development officer with the City of Fort Saskatchewan.
 
Different types of collectors are available, including free standing ones to roof mounted panels.
 
"They're not mainstream year by any mean, but they're coming along," added Ofstie.
 
A rough estimate for a solar start-up would cost someone around $20,000 to $25,000.
 
For certain collectors that aren't attached to the roof or walls, the city would have to notify adjacent properties within 60 metres before applying for a permit.
 
The provincial government announced a $36 million dollar rebate program earlier this year to encourage people to generate more solar power.
 
People looking at starting up can contact City of Fort Saskatchewan Planning and Development at [email protected].

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