Residential

City of Edmonton

The City of Edmonton’s Clean Energy Improvement Program is currently at capacity and has closed to pre-qualification submissions. Applications that are currently on the waitlist will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis, as space becomes available.

Residential property owners in the City of Edmonton can finance up to 100% of their energy efficiency or renewable energy projects

The Clean Energy Improvement Program, or CEIP, is an innovative financing tool for property owners to fund up to 100% of home energy efficiency upgrades and renewable energy installations.

Access competitive financing and make repayment convenient through your property’s regular tax bill.

Highlights

City of Edmonton’s Clean Energy Improvement Program

For full program details, please review the City of Edmonton’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 Edmonton and meet all requirements listed in the City of Edmonton’s CEIP Terms and Conditions.

Eligible upgrades

A minimum of 3 Upgrades must be installed for a CEIP Project to be eligible for financing. All eligible energy efficiency and renewable energy upgrades are posted under Residential Upgrades. Upgrades must have a minimum cost of $3,000 to qualify for financing.

Financing terms

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 under Residential Upgrades.

Interest rate

The interest rate provided by the City of Edmonton for eligible CEIP projects will not exceed 3.5%.

Commercial CEIP is now available

The commercial retrofit pilot is now available for commercial property owners.

Available incentives

City of Edmonton Rebate Programs

CEIP participants may be eligible for financial rebates offered by the City of Edmonton. If your CEIP project qualifies for the Change Homes for Climate Solar Program and/or Home Energy Retrofit Accelerator program, your CEIP project will automatically be enrolled and the financial rebate will be applied directly to your CEIP project, reducing the annual amount owed.

Canada Greener Homes Initiative

City of Edmonton incentives can be stacked with incentives offered through the Canada Greener Homes Initiative.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why can’t I access the pre-qualification form for the City of Edmonton CEIP? 

Due to overwhelming response from Edmontonians to the launch of the City of Edmonton’s CEIP pilot for residential homes, the program has received pre-qualification submissions and is now more than fully subscribed. For this reason, the City of Edmonton program has closed to new pre-qualification submissions.

City administration is considering options for next steps for the program and will provide information on the City of Edmonton CEIP page and on the Alberta Municipalities Edmonton CEIP page, should the program re-open to new submissions.

Why/how is the program already fully subscribed, when it was just launched?  

The City of Edmonton CEIP pilot program allotted up to $1.25M for residential CEIP projects. The program saw a high volume of pre-qualification submissions arrive upon beginning to accept applications at 10am on March 29, 2022. To ensure sufficient funds were available to finance the first full applications received, all pre-qualification submissions with estimated project costs beyond the financing cap were placed on a waitlist, to be processed in the order they were received, should financing become available. Due to the length of the waitlist, the program has now closed to new pre-qualification submissions. 

Why is there a minimum of three upgrades to participate in the City of Edmonton’s CEIP program?  

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.  

What will happen after the 2-year pilot?  

City of Edmonton Administration will provide results of the pilot program to Council and among other things will:  

  • Determine if there is demand for this type of incentive by property owners (it has been clear within the first days of the program that this demand may exist),   
  • Measure impact on GHG reduction and renewable energy generation resulting from the upgrades, and the corresponding potential for a full-scale program,   
  • Measure the cost and effort should Council want to consider a full-scale program.  

Council will use these details to inform decisions on the program moving forward. 

Start your Clean Energy Improvement Program journey

Note, the City of Edmonton’s Clean Energy Improvement Program is currently at capacity and has closed to pre-qualification submissions. Applications that are currently on the waitlist will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis, as space becomes available.

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 three (3) 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.

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 Edmonton Qualified Contractors

The list below has been filtered to show Qualified Contractors that service the City of Edmonton. View the full list of Qualified Contractors instead.

About the Program

The Clean Energy Improvement Program is a pilot-scale initiative in Edmonton and designed to accelerate energy efficiency and renewable energy upgrades to existing homes as part of Edmonton’s Community Energy Transition Strategy and Action Plan. CEIP is just one tool in the City’s toolbox that aims to help the City achieve our net-zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions target by 2050.

The City of Edmonton’s residential pilot program will provide financing for an estimated 80 residential projects over the two-year pilot. Once the program has received approximately 80 pre-qualification forms, new submissions will be added to a waitlist and processed in the order they were received, as program capacity allows.