Community Government Building Energy Retrofit Program

This Program supports upgrades to Community Government-owned buildings which will reduce their use of electrical/heat energy and water. The Arctic Energy Alliance (AEA) staff can help you get a handle on your building’s current energy use and figuring out the best savings, and the cost of upgrades and materials to get those savings. Community Governments can also hire AEA to manage the implementation of energy upgrades for a fee.

Community Government Building Energy Retrofit Program

Rebates

The total rebate you can get is the lower of $25,000, 50% of the total eligible costs, or
five times the annual estimated money saved in fuel, water, and electricity. AEA staff can help you figure out what your rebate will be before you spend any money. Rebate cheques for eligible expenses are issued by AEA after the building upgrades are completed, installations confirmed and copies of paid invoices and/or receipts have been received by AEA. 

First Steps

First figure out how much energy your building uses for heating, lighting, and water. AEA can help by doing a yardstick energy audit, and then by conducting an on-site energy audit if it is warranted. AEA will do this work for free to a maximum value of $10,000. 

Investigating Savings

Once you’ve got a handle on your building’s existing energy use AEA can estimate the savings and the costs of upgrades and materials. This type of information is typically provided in an AEA energy audit report. You can use this report, along with quotes you have received from contractors and suppliers, to get a pre-approved rebate from AEA. This way, AEA sets money aside so you know it’s there if you do the building upgrades.

Building Upgrades

AEA can help in estimating the savings and the costs of upgrades and materials, but your final cost estimates must be based on the quotes you get from contractors and suppliers. AEA can manage the implementation of energy upgrades for a fee. 

Receive Rebates

AEA staff can help you complete the rebate application form. The application form can be done before or after doing the building energy upgrades. It is recommended that you do it before so you will know the amount of the approved rebate before upgrades to the building(s) begin and the rebate dollars will be earmarked for your project(s), keeping in mind that this amount may change if the Project scope or cost changes. If you complete the rebate applicationform after doing the energy upgrades there is the risk that the budget for rebates has been used up and you will not receive the rebate.

Rebates for eligible expenses are issued by AEA after the building upgrades are completed, installations confirmed and copies of paid invoices and/or receipts have been received by AEA.