Homeowners can make energy efficient and renewable energy updates without the initial expense.
Sturgeon County homeowners are now able to apply to the Clean Energy Improvement Program (CEIP).
CEIP is a new financing tool that helps residential and non-residential property owners with the upfront costs of energy efficiency and renewable energy upgrades. Financing is tied to the property, not the property owner. Property owners pay for the upgrades through their property taxes and enjoy the energy savings.
“Sturgeon County is excited to offer this program to residents,” said Mayor Alanna Hnatiw.“ CEIP will help residents reduce their energy demands and lower their utility bills, and it shows the County’s commitment to environmental stewardship.”
Eligible residential upgrades include:
- · Doors, windows, insulation, and air sealing.
- · Heating, ventilation, and air conditioning.
- · Lighting.
- · Renewable energy, solar, PV, and thermal.
- · Water heating.
“In the current economy, it can be difficult to pay the upfront costs of energy-efficient renovations,” said Mayor Hnatiw. “Through this program, residents will be able to finance the upfront cost through the County and pay it back over time at a very reasonable interest rate.”
Sturgeon County is the first county in Alberta to offer CEIP to property owners.
CEIP will encourage investments into more resilient building stock, which creates economic opportunities for local contractors, and helps the County reach its sustainability goals.
The County’s program will initially be available to residential buildings only, then non-residential such as commercial buildings and farms in early 2024.
CEIP is administered by Alberta Municipalities. Alberta Municipalities is a not-for-profit organization that represents 275 municipalities within Alberta, including summer villages, cities, towns, and specialized municipalities.
More information on the County’s Clean Energy Improvement Program, including what projects are eligible, can be found on the program website at ceip.abmunis.ca/sturgeon.