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The AEA provides funding for renewable energy sources such as solar, wind, wood pellet heating, biofuel/synthetic gas and ground source heat pumps. This funding is available to communities, commercial businesses, non-profit organizations and NWT residents.

As of November 19, 2018, the AEA can no longer offer rebates on grid-connected renewable electricity projects in communities that use hydroelectricity. See below for more information.

Who is Eligible for What?

Residents are eligible for up to $20,000 in rebate funding.

Businesses, community governments, Indigenous governments and non-profit organizations are eligible for up to $50,000.

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)

Considering an application for AETP funding? CONTACT US FIRST BEFORE YOU APPLY.
Guideline documents are provided below.

How the Program Works

General Requirements

  • The recipient is responsible for obtaining all necessary approvals, permits, and licenses for the project.
  • In the NWT, electrical permits are required for both off-grid and grid-tied renewable energy systems.
  • All materials must be purchased new to qualify for funding assistance.
  • All system hardware and installation must meet strict quality criteria. All eligible equipment must be Canadian Standards Association (CSA) or Underwriters Laboratory of Canada (ULC) certified.
  • Renewable electricity systems—such as solar panels—are eligible for funding assistance only for projects on off-grid buildings or in communities that do not use hydroelectricity.
  • Any proposals for grid-tied electrical systems must include proof of approval from the electrical supply utility and meet all interconnection standards established for technical and safety requirements.

Eligible Technologies

The following technologies have been approved for funding:

  • Photovoltaic (PV) technologies collect solar radiation to produce electricity. (Note: grid-connected systems in communities that use hydroelectricity are not eligible.)
  • Wind turbines capture the energy of the wind to produce electricity. (Note: grid-connected systems in communities that use hydroelectricity are not eligible.)
  • Ground-source heat pumps use heat from the ground and circulate it into a building.
  • Solar water heating systems are generally flat panels or a series of evacuated tubes that collect energy from solar radiation for heating water.
  • Solar air heating systems use dark perforated metal panels and solar radiation to pre-heat the air intake for a building.
  • In-stream hydro/micro-hydro systems consist of a small turbine that is rotated by water pressure from a moving body of water or from water delivered by a pipe. (Note: grid-connected systems in communities that use hydroelectricity are not eligible.)
  • Wood pellet boilers/furnaces for space heating that operate the same as conventional boilers or furnaces with the exception of fuel type.
  • EPA certified wood boilers/furnaces for space heating that operate the same as conventional boilers or furnaces with the exception of fuel type.

Eligible Costs

The following costs can be covered by a rebate:

  • Renewable energy systems and all materials required for installing your system
  • Shipping
  • Inverters and electrical control systems
  • Batteries for stand-alone applications and for grid-tied systems with battery backup
  • Integrated equipment for storing, handling or feeding wood pellets or other bio-fuels
  • Monitoring equipment
  • Installation

Ineligible Costs

The following costs are not eligible for funding:

  • Any costs associated with a grid-connected renewable electricity system in a community that uses hydroelectricity
  • Removing an existing system
  • Conventional systems used for backup heat or power generation
  • Structural components of a building
  • Spare parts to support a system
  • Operations and maintenance
  • Replacing existing batteries or other components
  • GST

Evaluation

All applications are processed in the order they are received by the AEA. An application is considered received by the AEA when it is completed correctly and contains all supporting documents.

Applications will be evaluated based on:

  • Technical feasibility,
  • Potential energy savings, and
  • Environmental benefits, including the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.

Funding will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis until all funding has been allocated. It is possible for funding to be fully allocated before the end of the year. The Executive Director of the Arctic Energy Alliance reserves the right to make a final decision on all rebate applications.

How AEA Can Help

The Arctic Energy Alliance can help residents to plan and implement alternative energy projects. The AEA offers valuable services to help the public attain the following goals:

  • build awareness, confidence, and acceptance of alternative energy systems,
  • expand the alternative energy supply industry in the NWT,
  • reduce long term dependence on imported fossil fuels,
  • reduce emissions of greenhouse gases, and
  • reduce long-term real cost of energy for NWT residents.

Net Metering

Although the AEA can no longer offer funding assistance for renewable electricity systems in communities that use hydroelectricity, these systems are still an option for residents of these communities. If you live in a hydro community and are interested in installing a renewable electricity system, Northland Utilities and the Northwest Territories Power Corporation both offer Net Metering to their customers. The following documents explain the process.

Net Metering Application Form

Net Metering Document – Things You Should Know

Interconnection Guidelines

How to Apply

Apply Online

Pre-approval is required to receive a rebate. See the program guidelines below for details on rebate amounts and eligibility criteria.
Please note: The Arctic Energy Alliance (AEA) is permitted to provide funding for renewable electricity projects only in communities that do not use hydroelectricity or in off-grid locations. Grid-connected renewable electricity projects in communities that use hydroelectricity are not eligible.
An energy management specialist will call to discuss your project. Once we have pre-approved your application, you must start your project within 3 months and complete it within 15 months of your pre-approval date.

System information

Please contact us if you have any questions about the information required below.

Components

Please list the components and details of your new system.
How many are you buying?
How much does each one cost?
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Acknowledgement and consent

Your participation in the Alternative Energy Technologies Program (the “Program”) requires the Arctic Energy Alliance (“AEA”) to collect information from you, including your personal information. The AEA will collect your information, including your personal information, for the purpose of delivering the Program. All personal information collected from you by AEA is protected by the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act, SC 2000, c 5.

The Program is delivered by the AEA pursuant to the terms of the contribution agreement between the AEA and the Government of the Northwest Territories (“GNWT”) (the “Contribution Agreement”). Under the terms of the Contribution Agreement, the AEA is obligated to disclose your information, including your personal information, to the GNWT or the Government of Canada (“Canada”), or both, from time-to-time for the purpose of reporting and the public release of Program statistical data. The collection and disclosure of your information, including your personal information, by the GNWT and Canada is subject to applicable territorial and federal privacy legislation, including the Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act, SNWT 1994, c 20, and Privacy Act, RSC 1985, c P-21.

By checking the box above, you acknowledge that you have read this notice and that you consent to the collection of your information, including your personal information, by AEA and the disclosure of said information by AEA to the GNWT or Canada or both for the purpose of administering the Program. You further consent to the collection and disclosure of your information, including your personal information, by the GNWT and Canada for the purpose of reporting and the public release of Program statistical data.