Providing bigger rebates to help Northerners lower energy costs

Posted 2019-04-02
Written by Reception

The Arctic Energy Alliance has launched new and expanded programming—including bigger rebates than ever—to help northerners lower their energy costs and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Rebate amounts have gone up for energy-saving products such as LED lighting, wood stoves and fridges. New products have also been added to the list, including chest freezers, ventless dryers and integrated LED light fixtures.

There is a new program for homeowners to make larger-scale renovations to save on heating costs through rebates on insulation, windows, air sealing, furnaces and boilers.

Businesses and community governments that improve the energy efficiency of their buildings can apply for rebates of up to $50,000, up from a maximum of $15,000 for businesses and $25,000 for communities. In a change from previous years, non-profit organizations can now receive these rebates as well.

Rebates have also gone up for those who install renewable energy systems such as solar panels in diesel powered communities or wood pellet boilers. Residents can receive up to $20,000, and businesses, community governments and non-profits can get up to $50,000. Previously, the cap was $5,000 for residents, $15,000 for businesses, and $25,000 for communities and non-profits.

Business and community governments in Fort Smith, Fort Resolution and Hay River can now receive rebates to take advantage of a reduced Taltson hydropower electricity rate designed to encourage electric heat uptake.

These new and expanded rebates are possible thanks to additional funding announced last year by the the Government of the Northwest Territories to support the objectives of the NWT’s 2030 Energy Strategy, and by the Government of Canada under the Low Carbon Economy Leadership Fund to support the Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change.

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