Sturgeon County Council approves Clean Energy Improvement Program
Program will enable residents to make energy efficient investments in their buildings while reducing their impact on the environment and heating costs.
On April 12, 2022, Sturgeon County Council approved the Clean Energy Improvement Program (CEIP) Tax Bylaw. This program offers residents a chance to lower their utility bills and increase property values by providing funding for efficiency upgrades and renewable energy systems.
“Adopting this program is another example of the County’s commitment to supporting residents in reducing their environmental impact and future heating costs”, said Mayor Alanna Hnatiw. We are working towards local solutions on both the demand and supply side of the energy evolution. “That Sturgeon County is the first rural community to adopt this program demonstrates the innovative thinking of this Council and our commitment to environmental stewardship.”
CEIP is administered through the Alberta Municipal Services Corporation (AMSC), and will initially be available to residential buildings, then non-residential such as commercial buildings and farms. The financing allows an owner to finance up to 100 per cent of project costs. The financing is recorded on the property tax roll and is repaid by the owner through municipal property tax payments. Should the property be sold before the loan is repaid, the seller can repay the remaining balance, or the new owner will assume the CEIP loan payments as part of their property tax payments.
“In addition to helping property owners, there will be other benefits in the community,” said Brandon Sandmaier, Municipal Energy Specialist for Sturgeon County. “CEIP will help reduce annual community greenhouse gas emissions and has the potential to help improve County agricultural competitiveness, create diverse business opportunities, and support local green jobs.”
With the bylaw passed, Administration will be working with the AMSC, who will provide technical support throughout the development of the program and lead core implementation tasks, including application and payment processing, website management, participant and contractor customer service, contractor onboarding, and marketing and engagement.
More details will be shared as the program is developed, with the expectation that residents will be able to access the program in early 2023. More information on the Clean Energy Improvement Program, including what projects are eligible, can be found at myceip.ca.
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Jackie Sargent, SCMP
Acting Manager, Corporate Communications