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Home electricity generation now available in Alberta

/ Edmonton

Innovative leasing program launched

Edmonton's Kushneryk family today helped ENMAX Energy Corporation launch an ambitious new program that will put home-based electricity generation in the hands of thousands of Alberta families.

ENMAX Energy's Generate ChoiceTM program was launched at a media event where two solar photovoltaic systems were installed on the home of Darryl and Tanya Kushneryk. The Kushneryks are among the first to join Generate Choice in Edmonton. The program makes generating a homeowner's electricity from the sun or wind an easy and affordable option through an innovative leasing arrangement that allows for no down payment or low down payment or low monthly payments, thanks in part to funding from Climate Change and Emissions Management (CCEMC) Corporation. For more details on the pricing, go to www.generatechoice.ca/solar/price-options. Plus, ENMAX Energy will complete a no-cost site evaluation to assess a home's suitability. Homeowners even have the option to buy the equipment at the end of the lease. For more details on the benefits of the program, go to www.generatechoice.ca/solar/benefits

ENMAX Energy has already installed 180 of these solar photovoltaic systems on homes throughout the province, and worked with a number of municipalities to confirm permitting requirements. ENMAX Energy has also developed training programs with technical institutions like SAIT in Calgary, establishing a contractor network in most areas of the province, and working with equipment suppliers to help ensure availability.

"Albertans now have an easy and affordable way to generate some of their own electricity thanks to the sun and wind," said Charles Ruigrok, interim President and CEO, ENMAX Corporation. "This is not just the beginning of a movement in Alberta; the Generate Choice program also greatly accelerates the entire solar energy industry in this province."

"We had considered installing solar panels for some time, but the process seemed daunting until we found out about the Generate Choice program. It was one-stop shopping at a price we found to be reasonable. ENMAX took care of the permitting and installation, and will also be responsible for almost all of the maintenance. It's a perfect fit for us." said Darryl Kushneryk.

Option 1Option 2Option 3
Initial Fee$0$1500$3500
Monthly Fee$59.99*$39.99*$16.99*
End-of-term Buyout$350$350$350
Removal Fee$950$950$950
6.11% APR based on 180 payments over a 15-year term.4.52% APR based on 180 payments over a 15-year term.0.029% APR based on 180 payments over a 15-year term.

GST is additional. Other charges may apply depending on the solar system installation.*

ENMAX Energy retains the rights to any renewable energy credits generated by all solar photovoltaic systems in the Generate Choice™ program.

* Taxes, including GST, and Other Charges apply to, but are not included in, the above cost structure. "Other Charges", which are due upon installation, are any additional charges that you have to pay for such items as materials or services related to development and building permits, additional wiring, conduits, addition of an electrical sub-panel, installation on roofs with clay tiles or wooden shingles, or any customer-requested materials or services. An ENMAX Energy representative will give you a better idea of what Other Charges may apply to your installation at the time of our no-cost site visit. At the end of the 15 year lease term, a customer may purchase the equipment for $350, or have it removed by ENMAX Energy for $950. The down payment and monthly amounts do not include the equipment buy-out or removal amounts.

About ENMAX Energy Corporation

ENMAX Energy Corporation, a subsidiary of ENMAX Corporation, is one of Alberta's leading competitive electricity retailers. ENMAX Energy also provides natural gas and value-added services to residential, commercial and industrial customers throughout Alberta. Through subsidiaries, ENMAX Energy is one of Alberta's largest investors in renewable energy and with partial ownership of the McBride Lake Wind Farm and complete ownership of the Taber and Kettles Hill Wind Farms. ENMAX Energy was the first Canadian electricity retailer to offer customers the option to support wind generated energy.

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Doris Kaufmann Woodcock
Senior Media Relations Advisor
ENMAX Corporation
403-689-6150 (media line)

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