Frequently Asked Questions for Contractors
The onboarding quiz only needs to be taken by one staff member of the company who will be involved in CEIP project.
However, the Qualified Contractor must ensure that all personnel adheres to the CEIP Qualified Contractor Terms and Conditions. “Personnel” means all personnel involved in the development and/or provision of CEIP services and/or CEIP deliverables by a Qualified Contractor, whether they are employees, subcontractors or other agents of the Qualified Contractor engaged in CEIP-eligible services.
Incidental costs are costs expended on preparation or upgrading of the property that is incidental to the clean energy improvement but required for successful execution. For example, roof repairs required for the installation of a rooftop solar project. Incidental costs (that are financed under the program) cannot exceed 15% of the total capital cost of the upgrade.
Any incidental work financed under the program must be completed by a Qualified Contractor.
Qualified Contractors must maintain all relevant licenses and permits required by the federal, provincial, and/or municipal government, or any other agencies with jurisdiction over the course of services performed during the program, including all relevant licenses or permits for staff or subcontractors engaged in the fulfilment of services performed through the Program. Please review the CEIP Qualified Contractor Terms and Conditions for more information.
As per the CEIP Regulation, all work related to the installation of a clean energy improvement must be completed by a Qualified Contractor. If the engineer is completing work related to the installation of a clean energy improvement, then they must be either a Qualified Contractor or an employee of a Qualified Contractor.
The Qualified Contractor must ensure that all personnel adheres to the CEIP Qualified Contractor Terms and Conditions. “Personnel” means all personnel involved in the development and/or provision of CEIP services and/or CEIP deliverables by a Qualified Contractor, whether they are employees, subcontractors or other agents of the Qualified Contractor engaged in CEIP-eligible services.
Yes, if a property owner is planning to apply for CEIP, then their Service Organization and/or Energy Advisor must become a CEIP Qualified Contractor prior to their home energy evaluation.
Every Subcontractor that installs or otherwise provides a product for an Upgrade must be a Qualified Contractor and be listed in the Contractor Directory. Read more abut the subcontractors responsibilities in the CEIP Qualified Contractor Terms and Conditions.
Qualified Contractors, including solar installers, must maintain all relevant licenses and permits required by the federal, provincial, or municipal government, or any other agencies with jurisdiction over the course of services performed during the program, including all relevant licenses or permits for staff or subcontractors engaged in the fulfilment of services performed through the Program. Please review the CEIP Qualified Contractor Terms and Conditions for more information.
Yes, there may be portions of the renovation/upgrade that would not be eligible for financing through CEIP. Only eligible costs (e.g., Upgrades, incidental costs, professional services) listed in the Clean Energy Improvement Agreement are approved for financing. For more information, review the municipality’s Program Terms and Conditions found on each municipality’s CEIP webpage on myCEIP.ca.
The CEIP program financing is recorded on the property tax roll, but may not be registered on title (property owners should confirm the details with their municipality before participating). Similar to property taxes, CEIP has primary lien status, which means, in case of default, the CEIP financing is repaid before a first mortgage.
If a property with CEIP financing is offered for sale, the existence and contents of a Clean Energy Improvement Agreement must be disclosed to prospective buyers, and if the owner engages a realtor, to the realtor. If the property is sold, the property owner must ensure the Clean Energy Improvement Agreement is appended to the contract of sale.
As stated in the marketing guidelines, Qualified Contractors cannot provide tax advice to participating property owners related to any aspect of CEIP or a CEIP project (e.g., tax advice related to the CEIP project financing). Tax incentives available through provincial or federal jurisdictions would not be considered related to CEIP or an eligible project.
The six-month project timeline begins when the participant receives an Installation Authorization Notice from Alberta Municipalities, which is provided once a Project Application has been approved and all program agreements have been signed.
Delays may occur due to any number of unforeseen circumstances. The decision to grant a project extension will be assessed on a case-by-case basis and will be at sole the discretion of Alberta Municipalities and the participating municipality.
The Qualified Contractor payment process will begin once Alberta Municipalities receives a complete and accurate Upgrade Completion Form from the participant, along with all required supporting documentation, which indicates that the installation of the upgrade has achieved substantial performance.
Alberta Municipalities will remit payment to the Qualified Contractor within 28 calendar days of the date the participant receives a proper invoice, provided all information is accurate and complete.
The Project Agreement will be made available to the participating property owner and the Qualified Contractor after an application has been received and approved by Alberta Municipalities and the participating municipality.
The Project Agreement is the agreement between Alberta Municipalities, a Qualified Contractor leading the installation of the Upgrade(s) and/or Incidental Work (the “Primary Qualified Contractor”) and the Property Owner, which defines the scope of the Project and sets out the terms relating to the Qualified Contractor’s installation of the Upgrades and/or Incidental Work.
The Primary Qualified Contractor is the Qualified Contractor who is leading the installation of the Upgrade/s and is the Qualified Contractor responsible for the execution of the Project Agreement.
As per the Regulation, a Qualified Contractor cannot enter into an agreement for the provision of services relating to the installation of a clean energy improvement other than the Project Agreement.
The invoices submitted by Qualified Contractors must include, at a minimum:
- The Qualified Contractor name as it appears in the CEIP Qualified Contractor Directory
- Name of the property owner
- For each upgrade, an itemized list of the following:
- The Upgrade name,
- The quantity of equipment units installed, the cost per unit, and the manufacturer and model number,
- Labour costs and costs associated with any work performed to complete the Project, and
- Any applicable taxes,
- Itemized incidental and professional service costs approved by Alberta Municipalities, and
- Any other additional information requested by Alberta Municipalities.
These invoices will be in the form set out on the CEIP website, will only contain costs relevant to an Upgrade that meets the Upgrade Eligibility Requirements, and should be provided at the time of submission of the Upgrade Completion Form.
The property owner is responsible for submitting the Upgrade Completion Form and required supporting documentation (e.g. invoices) once an upgrade(s) has been installed and reached substantial performance (it is only at this time that Alberta Municipalities will be made aware of the completion of upgrade installation).
Alberta Municipalities will remit payment to the Qualified Contractor within 28 calendar days of the date the property owner receives a proper invoice, provided all information is accurate and complete, and Alberta Municipalities has received funds from the participating municipality.
Note that a Site Visit may need to be completed before the Qualified Contractor is paid to verify information submitted on the Upgrade Completion Form and/or supporting documentation.
Alberta Municipalities and the participating municipality, or their agents, may conduct a site inspection prior to or during the installation of Upgrades in order to verify information submitted on the Project Application Form, and may also conduct a site inspection after an Upgrade Completion Form has been submitted in order to verify installation of Upgrades.
Equipment and labour costs directly required for the installation of an Upgrade or are incidental to the installation of an Upgrade are eligible for financing, provided the required supporting documentation is submitted.
The technical workbook relates to the commercial stream of CEIP. Information will be made available as Commercial CEIP is developed in early/mid 2022.
Although the official list of eligible upgrades has not yet been published, we expect that warranty periods, from the time of installation, must be, at minimum, 25 years for power performance and 10 years for manufacturing for modules, and, for inverters and/or micro-inverters, 10 years for manufacturing.
No. If a property owner is interested in CEIP financing, a project cannot start until a Project Application is submitted and approved by Alberta Municipalities, all program agreements are signed, and the property owner has received an Installation Authorization Notice from Alberta Municipalities. Program Applications (Pre-Qualification and Project Application Form) will not be available until the program has launched in a participating municipality.
Additions, removals, variations, substitutions, delay in CEIP project completion, or price changes to a CEIP project, require a request to be submitted by the participant to Alberta Municipalities. Alberta Municipalities will provide the participant with a change order form to complete with the support of the Qualified Contractor. The change order must be approved by Alberta Municipalities.
Only costs specified in a signed Clean Energy Improvement Agreement (between the property owner and the participating municipality) are eligible for financing; this can include costs for eligible upgrades, incidental costs, and professional services. For more information, please review the municipality’s Program Terms and Conditions found on each municipality’s CEIP webpage on myCEIP.ca.
Provided the minimum capital cost of $3,000 and all other eligibility requirements are met, expansions to existing solar PV systems are eligible to be financed through CEIP.
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Each participating municipality decides whether funds advancement (for deposits required by Qualified Contractor prior to the start of a CEIP project) will be allowed under the program. If a municipality does not allow funds to be advanced, the property owner will need to pay the deposit out of pocket, but may be able to finance the deposit amount and be reimbursed for the cost once the project is complete and verified. For more information, review the municipality’s Program Terms and Conditions found on each municipality’s CEIP webpage on myCEIP.ca.