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Energy Efficiency Alberta has launched a program for Business!

Energy Efficiency Alberta has officially launched the Business, Non-Profit and Institutional Program to assist large and small businesses in adopting a more energy efficient approach in their operations.  Rebates are available to a variety of businesses looking to update outdated and inefficient equipment.  The program is open to businesses looking to upgrade and/or renovate their existing facility to increase savings and be more energy efficient, therefore new construction is not eligible. 

The rebate program is straightforward and has a fairly quick turnaround time.  Simply purchase your new energy efficient product, install it, and submit an application either online or by mail.  Program Administrators anticipate the processing of applications to take 15-20 days from the time it is received until your rebate cheque is mailed out to you.  The cheque will only be sent to the business, non-profit, or institution having the upgrades installed, so if a contractor applies for the rebate on your behalf the rebate cheque will still be sent to you.  In the event that you rent or lease the building you are in you must get a written letter of consent from the building owner to submit with your application.  When submitting your application you will also be asked for a number of things which include but are not limited to, a recent electrical or gas bill, technical sheets from the product(s) installed, and an invoice or proof of payment.  We recommend checking out efficiencyalberta.ca to get all of the details.

There are no stipulations on which contractors can or cannot be used to qualify for the rebate. Businesses, non-profits, and institutions may also choose to do the work themselves using their existing employees skilled in the instillation of the product.  Remember to take before and after pictures of the project to show the new product has been installed.  In some cases, your project may be audited to ensure the appropriate product has been installed.  If a rebate meets or exceeds $15,000 a site visit will be conducted prior to the cheque issuance. With a total budget of $10 million for this project, the maximum rebate amount per location is $60,000.

Businesses, Non-Profits, and Institutions are eligible for the incentives for qualified products purchased on or after March 24, 2017.  The funds will be available on a first-come, first-served basis so be sure to submit your application right away.  You may also use the optional pre-approval process to secure your rebate before your project takes place.  This allows you to budget and plan for your project while ensuring the rebate will be available for you to claim for up to 1 year from pre-approval.

A full list of eligible products is available online at efficiencyalberta.ca and includes a variety of lighting for interiors and exteriors, water heaters, variable frequency drives, and HVAC, however air conditioning has not been included.  All business, non-profit and institutional customers serviced by an Alberta electric or gas utility are eligible, except for large final emitters—as defined under Alberta’s Specified Gas Emitters Regulation.  Sectors targeted by the program include, but are not limited to:

  • Institutions such as schools, hospitals, universities, and colleges
  • Non-profit organizations
  • Co-operatives
  • Individual businesses

Although the program does not cover solar or alternative energy, the Government of Alberta has advised that a Solar Program is in the works, so keep checking back.

While you’re at it, take advantage of the Residential programs for your home as well!  Visit efficientyalberta.ca to learn more about how you can save instantly and through rebates.