Residential

City of Lethbridge

Coming Soon! Residential property owners in the City of Lethbridge 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.

The City of Lethbridge opens for Pre-Qualification submissions in Feb. 2023. Get ready by reviewing the information below.

Highlights

City of Lethbridge’s Clean Energy Improvement Program

For full program details, please review the City of Lethbridge’s CEIP Terms and Conditions.

Participant & property eligibility

Must be the legal owner of an existing low-rise residential property located in the City of Lethbridge and meet all requirements listed in the City of Lethbridge’s CEIP Terms and Conditions.

Eligible upgrades

All eligible energy efficiency and renewable energy upgrades are posted under Residential Upgrades. City of Lethbridge participants must install eligible upgrades with a minimum total cost of $3,000 to qualify for financing.

Payment terms

The maximum payment 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 under Residential Upgrades.

Interest rate

The interest rate provided by the City of Lethbridge for eligible CEIP projects will be determined in the Clean Energy Improvement Agreement.

Take advantage of incentives

To help you get your retrofit off the ground a little more easily, take advantage of financial incentives from the City of Lethbridge and other energy efficiency programs.

Project Incentive: $800 for completed CEIP Projects

Offered by the City of Lethbridge. Availability is limited and will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis. The incentive will be applied directly to the Clean Energy Improvement Tax to reduce the total project financing. One incentive is available per CEIP Project.

Canada Greener Homes Initiative

The City of Lethbridge’s incentives can be stacked with incentives offered through the federal government’s Canada Greener Homes Initiative.

Start your Clean Energy Improvement Journey

Step 1: Pre-Qualification

Read the your municipality’s CEIP Terms and Conditions, then complete the Pre-Qualification Form with your property’s details. The Pre-Qualification Form is used by the Municipality and Alberta Municipalities to confirm that you and the property meet the basic program eligibility criteria.

When submitting the Pre-Qualification Form you must upload:

  • Proof that the property to be upgraded is insured (i.e., home insurance with personal liability coverage of at least $1 million). Accepted proof includes an insurance binder letter or copy of a current insurance policy that clearly states the policy provider, policy number, property address, personal liability coverage, and duration of the policy. If the policy submitted is an offer to renew, it must be accompanied by proof that the full premium has been paid.
Step 2: EnerGuide Home Evaluation

After Pre-Qualification is confirmed, complete an EnerGuide Home Evaluation and use the results to choose your upgrades.

  1. Schedule a pre-project EnerGuide Home Evaluation using a Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) Energy Advisor. Choose from the Energy Advisors listed on the Qualified Contractor DirectoryIf you have completed an EnerGuide Home Evaluation (version 15), you may not need to complete a new one. Check your municipality’s CEIP Terms and Conditions to confirm which EnerGuide Home Evaluation version is eligible.
  2. Using the Renovation Upgrade Report provided by your Energy Advisor as a guide, decide which eligible upgrades you want to finance through CEIP. The upgrade must be listed on the Residential Upgrades list and must meet all eligibility requirements.
Step 3: Project Application

Select a Qualified Contractor and submit the Project Application provided by Alberta Municipalities.

  1. Browse the Qualified Contractor Directory and contact Qualified Contractors to get quotes for eligible upgrades. We recommend getting quotes from at least three different Qualified Contractors for each upgrade.
  2. With the help of your Qualified Contractor(s), complete the Project Application, submiting the completed form and all required supporting documents to Alberta Municipalities as outlined for each Residential Upgrade.
Step 4: Agreements

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 installation(s) can begin.

What are the program agreements?

  • The Clean Energy Improvement (CEI) 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, eligible project costs and 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, a Project Agreement will need to be signed with each Primary Qualified Contractor. For more detail on the project agreement, see your municipality’s CEIP Terms and Conditions.
Step 5: Project Installation

After all agreements are signed, Alberta Municipalities will send an Installation Authorization Notice, at which point upgrade installation(s) can begin. All upgrades that are part of the project must be completed within six months of receiving the Installation Authorization Notice.

Step 6: Upgrade Completion

When the installation of an approved upgrade is complete, you must submit an Upgrade Completion Form confirming final upgrade details and costs to Alberta Municipalities for review. 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, an updated Clean Energy Improvement Agreement will need to be signed with your municipality, to confirm the final amount to be financed.

Step 7: Post-project EnerGuide Home Evaluation

After all approved upgrades in a CEIP project are installed, a post-project EnerGuide Home Evaluation must be completed to determine the energy savings and verify the installation. Property owners will receive a new EnerGuide rating and label. This label, the updated Renovation Upgrade Report, and the invoice for the evaluation must be submitted to Alberta Municipalities.

Step 8: Repayment

Once the project is deemed complete, the approved project cost will be recorded on the property’s tax account. Any CEIP incentives the project is eligible for 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 at any time.

What You Need

How To Apply

  1. Check if your municipality is participating
  2. Review your municipality’s terms and conditions.
  3. If eligible, submit a pre-qualification form.

Ready to apply?

City of Lethbridge Qualified Contractors

Find a local contractor to upgrade your property.

Browse the Contractor Directory to get started with a professional who already understands your financing requirements.

About the Program

The Clean Energy Improvement Program helps the City of Lethbridge achieve community sustainability goals by improving building stocks, lowering household expenses and reducing the community’s energy needs.

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 Lethbridge’s Clean Energy Improvement Tax Bylaw which was passed on August 10, 2021. This bylaw enables and governs the implementation of the Clean Energy Improvement Program in City of Lethbridge.

The City of Lethbridge 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 will begin to accept its first applications beginning in the winter of 2023.

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.