Clean Energy Improvement Program (CEIP)

What is CEIP?

CEIP is a new financing tool to help residential and non-residential property owners with the upfront costs of energy efficiency and renewable energy upgrades. The financing is tied to the property, not the property owner. Property owners pay back the cost through their property taxes and enjoy the energy savings.

Sturgeon County will offer the CEIP to residential property owners starting summer 2023.

To receive email updates on the Sturgeon County CEIP please go to ceip.abmunis.ca/stay-up-to-date/ and fill out the online form.

Program background

The Clean Energy Program is administered by Alberta Municipalities in partnership with Sturgeon County. Grant funding from the Federation of Canadian Municipalities offsets initial program administration costs and helps offer low interest CEIP financing to residents.

CEIP is municipality-led; municipalities must first pass an enabling bylaw, then partner with the provincially appointed administrator to deliver the program.

Sturgeon County’s Clean Energy Improvement Tax Bylaw 1562/21 was passed on April 19, 2022.

Eligible residential upgrades include:

  • Doors, windows, insulation, and air sealing
  • Heating, ventilation, and air conditioning
  • Lighting
  • Renewable energy, solar, PV, and thermal
  • Water heating

Visit the Clean Energy Improvement site for a complete list of eligible upgrades.

Residential application process

The Clean Energy Improvement Program is on a first-come, first-served basis. About 30 residential upgrade projects are budgeted for per year. The process of the program follows these five basic steps:

Complete and submit the Pre-qualification Form to ensure the property meets the program eligibility criteria set out in Sturgeon County’s CEIP Terms and Conditions.

After the Pre-qualification Form is approved, property owners must complete an EnerGuide Home Evaluation, select a qualified contractor, and submit the Project Application Form that is provided by Alberta Municipalities.

Once the Project Application is approved, total financing amount and terms will be confirmed in a Clean Energy Improvement Agreement and a Project Agreement to be signed and returned.

After agreements are signed, an Installation Authorization Notice will be sent to the property owners. At this point your qualified contractor can start installing your upgrades. All upgrades must be done within six months of receiving the Installation Authorization Notice.

After the upgrades are done, submit an Upgrade Completion Form with supporting documents. Once approved, the program administrator will pay the Qualified Contractor directly, and the approved project cost will be added to your property’s tax account. You’ll see the total project cost added to your property’s tax bill on the agreed repayment schedule. Complete a post-project EnergGuide Home Evaluation and send to the program administrator.

Incentives

Sturgeon County is offering an incentive of up to 5 per cent of approved project costs. This incentive will be available to participants who complete a CEIP project on a first-come, first-served basis. The incentive amount will be automatically applied to the Clean Energy Improvement Tax, not issued to the property owner directly.

Look for Qualified Contractors
To be eligible for financing, all projects must be completed by a Qualified Contractor. These are Alberta-based energy efficiency and renewable energy experts. The Clean Energy Improvement Program maintains a listing of Qualified Contractors for your reference and encourages participation by businesses locally rooted in participating municipalities.

For Contractors
Local contractors are integral to the success of the Clean Energy Improvement Program. If you’re interested in learning more about becoming a Qualified Contractor visit myceip.ca and sign up.

The Clean Energy Program is administered by Alberta Municipalities in partnership with Sturgeon County.

This program is carried out with assistance from the Federation of Canadian Municipalities’ Green Municipal Fund, an endowment created by the Government of Canada.