City of Edmonton
Commerical property owners in the City of Edmonton can finance up to 100% of energy efficiency and renewable energy projects.
The Clean Energy Improvement Program, or CEIP, is an innovative financing tool for property owners in Alberta. Access competitive interest rates and make repayment convenient through your property’s regular tax bill.
Temporarily paused. The City of Edmonton’s Clean Energy Improvement Program for Commercial Property is closed to new pre-qualification submissions.
The program is planned to re-open in spring 2024. For notifications, please sign up for email updates.
City of Edmonton’s Commercial Clean Energy Improvement Program
For full program details, read the City of Edmonton Commercial CEIP Terms and Conditions.
Must be the legal owner of an existing non-residential or farm land property located in the City of Edmonton and meet all requirements listed in the City of Edmonton Commercial CEIP Terms and Conditions.
A minimum of three upgrades must be installed for a CEIP Project to be eligible for financing. All eligible energy efficiency and renewable energy upgrades are posted in the Commercial Eligible Upgrades list. Projects must have a minimum cost of $3,000 to qualify for financing. Solar PV financing is limited to a maximum of 90% of a Project’s total Eligible Cost.
The maximum financing term is the lesser of 20 years or the effective useful life (EUL) of the eligible upgrades. The EUL is the average time in years where the upgrade is expected to result in energy savings and is noted in the Commercial Eligible Upgrades list.
Property owners benefit from lower interest rates secured from lenders by the City of Edmonton.
Examples of eligible non-residential properties are privately-owned commercial properties designed for general commercial occupancy and used for business activities, (e.g., shopping centres, stores and restaurants), accommodation properties (e.g., hotels and motels); and special purpose properties that were built to suit a specific purpose (e.g., church, museum, recreational facility, golf course, and performing arts facilities).
The property must have 5 years of property tax payment history within the City of Edmonton.
Farm land properties are eligible if land is used for farming operations as defined in Alberta’s Matters Relating to Assessment and Taxation Regulation (MRAT), 2018.
Full program details
For all the details on eligibility, payment terms, interest rate and full program details, please read the program’s terms & conditions.
To help you get your retrofit off the ground a little more easily, take advantage of financial incentives from other energy efficiency programs.
Other Incentive Programs
Financial rebates, grants or incentives may be received by the property owners for any upgrades that are part of a Project. Programs that are not offered by the City of Edmonton, such as the Emissions Reduction Alberta Energy Savings for Business Program, will not impact the calculation of the final Clean Energy Improvement Tax.
Start your Commercial Clean Energy Improvement Program journey
The City of Edmonton’s Clean Energy Improvement Program for Commercial Property is closed to new pre-qualification submissions.
The program is planned to re-open in spring 2024. For notifications, please sign up for email updates.
Read the City of Edmonton’s Commercial CEIP Terms and Conditions then complete the Pre-Qualification Form with your property’s details. You must complete and submit the Pre-Qualification Form and the following documents to Alberta Municipalities to be considered for pre-qualification:
- Proof the property to be upgraded is insured. Accepted proof includes documentation that clearly states the policy provider, policy number, property address, commercial liability coverage, and duration of the policy (e.g., insurance binder letter). At a minimum, the following must be included in the insurance policy:
- Standard commercial broad form property insurance; and
- $2 million in commercial liability insurance.
- Proof that an ASHRAE Level 2 audit has been scheduled.
- Acceptable proof includes a quote from an engineering consultant (who must be listed as a Qualified Contractor) stating the Property location, a list of audit requirements required under the Program, and the date the audit is scheduled to occur.
- If an ASHRAE Level 2 audit has been completed within the 18 months prior to the Pre-Qualification Form submission date, and it meets the requirements of the Program (see Appendix A of the Edmonton Commercial CEIP Terms and Conditions), proof that an ASHRAE Level 2 audit has been scheduled is not required. A copy of the ASHRAE Level 2 audit report must be submitted to Alberta Municipalities with the Pre-Qualification Form.
After the Pre-Qualification is approved by Alberta Municipalities, complete an ASHRAE Level 2 audit and submit the Project Application Form provided by Alberta Municipalities:
- If an ASHRAE Level 2 energy audit has not been completed within the last 18 months, have an engineering consultant listed as a Qualified Contractor to complete this audit.
- The ASHRAE Level 2 audit must meet the minimum requirements outlined in Appendix A of the Edmonton CEIP Terms and Conditions.
- A copy of the audit must be submitted to Alberta Municipalities at the time of project application.
- The Property Owner must pay for the ASHRAE Level 2 audit out of pocket. In the Project Application Form, the Participant may request to finance the cost of the ASHRAE Level 2 audit; if financing is requested and approved, the Participant will be reimbursed in accordance with the Edmonton Commercial CEIP Terms and Conditions. To be eligible for financing, the ASHRAE Level 2 audit must be completed on or after the date of submission of a Pre-Qualification Form.
- If the project contains renewable energy upgrades, have an engineering consultant listed as a Qualified Contractor complete a feasibility study.
- If a feasibility study was complete within the 18 months prior to the Pre-Qualification Form submission date, property owners are not required to complete another study.
- A copy of the feasibility study must be submitted to Alberta Municipalities at the time of project application.
- The feasibility study is in addition to the ASHRAE Level 2 audit.
- The feasibility study is not required for Solar PV Upgrades.
- Using the ASHRAE Level 2 audit as a guide, decide which three or more upgrades you want to complete and finance through CEIP. The upgrades must be listed in the Commercial Eligible Upgrades list and must meet all eligibility requirements.
- Contact at least three Qualified Contractors to get quotes for the eligible upgrades you plan to finance.
- With the help of your Qualified Contractor(s), complete the Project Application Form and submit the completed form and all required supporting documentation to Alberta Municipalities.
In the Project Application Form, the Participant may request to finance the cost of the ASHRAE Level 2 audit; if financing is requested and approved, the Participant will be reimbursed in accordance with Section 8.2. To be eligible for financing, the ASHRAE Level 2 audit must be completed on or after the date of submission of a Pre-Qualification Form.
For Projects that contain renewable energy upgrades:
For Projects that include renewable energy upgrades, a feasibility study must be completed by an engineering consultant. If a feasibility study was completed within the 18 months prior to the Pre-Qualification Form submission date, property owners are not required to complete another study. A copy of the feasibility study must be submitted to Alberta Municipalities at the time of project application. The feasibility study is in addition to the ASHRAE Level 2 audit. A feasibility study is not required for Solar PV installations.
The Project Application must include all required supporting documentation and a quote for the equipment and installation cost of the upgrades from one or more Qualified Contractors listed on the CEIP Qualified Contractor Directory.
If the Project Application is approved, we will confirm the approved financing amount and provide the Clean Energy Improvement Agreement and the Project Agreement for your review and signature. Both agreements must be signed by all required parties before upgrade installations can begin.
What are the program agreements?
- The Clean Energy Improvement Agreement is an agreement between the property owner and the municipality. It sets out the financing terms, disclosure requirements in the event of property sale, project costs, and the project completion deadline.
- The Project Agreement is a tri-party agreement between the property owner, the Qualified Contractor, and Alberta Municipalities. It defines the scope of the project and sets out the terms relating to the Qualified Contractor’s installation of the upgrades. For projects where you are hiring more than one Qualified Contractor (e.g., solar installer, window installer), a Project Agreement will need to be signed with each contractor.
After both agreements are signed, Alberta Municipalities will send an Installation Authorization Notice to the property owner and the Qualified Contractors, at which point upgrade installations can begin. All upgrades that are part of the project must be completed within one year of receiving the Installation Authorization Notice.
When the installation of an approved upgrade is complete you must submit an Upgrade Completion Form with all supporting documents, confirming final upgrade details and costs to Alberta Municipalities.
If your CEIP project has multiple upgrades completed at different times, multiple Upgrade Completion Forms will need to be submitted. Once the Upgrade Completion Form is processed and approved, Alberta Municipalities will pay your Qualified Contractor(s) directly.
Once all upgrades in your project are complete, and after Step 6 is complete, the City of Edmonton will confirm the final total financing amount and have you sign an updated Clean Energy Improvement Agreement.
After all approved upgrades in a CEIP project are installed, a post-project Memo must be completed by your engineering consultant to determine the energy and greenhouse gas emissions savings and verify the installation. The Memo must be submitted to Alberta Municipalities within 6 weeks of the final Upgrade Completion Form being submitted.
Once the project is deemed complete, the approved project cost will be recorded on the property’s tax account. Any financial incentives approved by the City will be applied to this financing amount, reducing the total amount owing.
You will repay the cost of the project over time through the Clean Energy Improvement Tax added to your property’s tax bill. The outstanding balance may be paid as a one-time lump sum payment at any time during the repayment period.
Frequently Asked Questions
A waitlist will be created that will allow applicants to proceed to the next round of funding, expected in spring of 2024. Waitlisted applicants will be contacted to see if they are still interested in participating in the program when the next round of funding opens.
A multi-year program for both residential and commercial properties is being developed for the second quarter of 2024. Commercial applicants who are unable to participate during the 2-year pilot will be waitlisted for future intakes when they occur.
It is not clear the exact amount of greenhouse gasses that will be saved in Edmonton as a direct result of this program but on average measures like this have catalyzed three-tonnes of savings in single family homes. Approximately 38% of emissions are generated by residential, institutional and commercial buildings (commercial/Institutional, 20%; residential 18%).
The City has set an aggressive target to be carbon neutral in its corporate operations by 2040 and for the entire community to produce net zero GHG emissions by 2050. CEIP is one tool to help them meet their targets. The requirement for multiple upgrades to qualify for CEIP financing ensures deeper green retrofits are supported.
The pilot program was forecasted to allow approximately 80 residential properties and 20 commercial properties.. Administration costs are defined and set through agreements with the federal government and Alberta Municipalities.
Yes, Clean Energy Improvement Program participants can qualify for and receive additional rebates and incentives. We encourage applicants to pursue all other applicable government (municipal/provincial/federal), utility provider/manufacturer rebates.
About the Program
The City of Edmonton’s Clean Energy Improvement Program for Commercial Property is a pilot-scale initiative designed to accelerate energy efficiency and renewable energy upgrades to existing buildings as part of Edmonton’s Community Energy Transition Strategy and Action Plan.
The Clean Energy Improvement Program is just one tool in the City’s toolbox that aims to help the City achieve a net-zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions target by 2050. This commerical pilot program will finance an estimated 20 residential projects.
The program was made possible by the Government of Alberta’s Bill 10: An Act to Enable Clean Energy Improvements (passed June 6, 2018) and the City of Edmonton’s Clean Energy Improvement Tax Bylaw passed on Aug. 19, 2021. This bylaw enables and governs the implementation of the Clean Energy Improvement Program in the City of Edmonton.
The City of Edmonton collaborated with Alberta Municipalities to design and launch its program, and received financial assistance from the Federation of Canadian Municipalities for capitalization and operations. The program opened on June 7, 2022.
This program is carried out with assistance from the Federation of Canadian Municipalities’ Green Municipal Fund, an endowment created by the Government of Canada.
The Clean Energy Improvement Program is made possible by the Government of Alberta.
This program is administered by Alberta Municipalities.