The City of Edmonton is offering a number of environmental rebate programs to help commercial property owners, residential homeowners and transportation enthusiasts invest in energy efficient upgrades.
The programs were available as of Wednesday and are part of Edmonton’s Strategic Plan. The plan is part of Edmonton’s drive towards a low carbon future and will help Edmontonians buy from local companies hurt by sagging oil prices and the COVID-19 shutdown.
“The City of Edmonton is committed to delivering environmental programs that will help generate local economic opportunities and build toward a climate resilient future,” said Mayor Don Iveson. “Residents and businesses can benefit from immediate savings that will help kick start the economy, while also investing in upgrades that can provide long term benefits.”
The Building Energy Retrofit Accelerator (BERA) rebate program facilitates renovations to improve energy efficiency in commercial and institutional buildings. Upgrades to HVAC systems, windows, lighting fixtures, building envelopes and more are eligible for rebates, up to $125,000 per building, per year.
Eligible buildings must be larger than 10,000 square feet, located within city limits and have equipment installed from a list of eligible products.
The Electric Vehicle Charger and Electric Bike (ECEB) rebate program helps Edmontonians electrify their transportation. Edmontonians interested in purchasing an electric bike (e-bike) can apply for rebates covering 30 per cent of the cost of the e-bike, to a maximum of $750. Applicants must show proof of residency in Edmonton, and e-bikes must be purchased within 60 days of the rebate application.
Residential and commercial property owners who are interested in installing a Level 2 electric vehicle (EV) charging station in their property can apply for a rebate through the new ECEB rebate program. For residential properties, this rebate will cover 50 per cent of the installed cost of the charger, to a maximum of $600 for existing homes and $300 for new construction (up to one per household). For commercial properties, this rebate will cover 50 per cent of the installed cost of the charger, to a maximum of $2,000 per charger (up to five per company).
In partnership with Google and MyHeat, Edmonton will be the first municipality in Canada to access a new rooftop solar potential platform. This new tool provides a bird’s eye view of every rooftop and helps homeowners understand their solar potential and the environmental and financial benefits they can expect.
According to the City, Edmontonians ready to go solar are eligible for the Solar Rebate Program to save up to $4,000 towards the installation of a solar electric system for their home.