Efficiency rebates and services for community governments

The AEA supports upgrades to community government-owned buildings that will reduce their use of electrical energy, heat energy and water. Our staff can help you get a handle on your building’s current energy use and find the best savings, and figure out the cost of upgrades and materials to get those savings. Community governments can also hire the AEA to coordinate the implementation of energy upgrades.

Rebates

The AEA provides rebates of up to $50,000 for energy upgrades. The rebate amount you receive will be the lower of:

  • 50% of the total eligible costs of your project
  • A calculation based on the amount of money and greenhouses gases that your project will save (see the program guidelines for more information)

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 the AEA after the building upgrades are completed, installations confirmed and copies of invoices and/or receipts have been received by the AEA. 

First Steps

First figure out how much energy your building uses for heating, lighting, and water. The AEA can help by doing a yardstick energy audit to help decide if an on-site energy audit is warranted. The AEA will do this work for free. 

Investigating Savings

Once you’ve got a handle on your building’s existing energy use, the AEA can estimate the savings and the costs of upgrades and materials. This type of information is typically provided in an AEA targeted energy audit report. The AEA provides these energy audits, which involve site visits to all the buildings included in the report, for a fee, but you can receive a $10,000 subsidy toward the cost of the AEA’s services.

Building Upgrades

You can use the targeted energy audit report, along with quotes you have received from contractors and suppliers, to get a pre-approved rebate from the AEA. This way, the AEA sets money aside so you know it’s there if you do the building upgrades. The 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.

The AEA can provide project coordination services to help implement the recommendations in the targeted energy audit reports for a fee, but you can receive a $10,000 subsidy toward the cost of AEA’s services.

Receive Rebates

AEA staff can help you complete the rebate application form. The application form can be submitted 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 application form after doing the energy upgrades there is the risk that the AEA's budget for rebates has been used up and you will not receive the rebate.

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