Clean Energy Improvement Program
Town of Westlock homeowners will soon be able to apply for the Clean Energy Improvement Program (CEIP) – an innovative financing tool for property owners to invest in energy-efficient and renewable energy upgrades without an upfront cost.
CEIP provides a low-interest financing option for homeowners with repayments through annual property tax bills. CEIP repayment is tied to the property, not the property owner. If the home is sold, the new owner assumes responsibility for repayment while also enjoying the energy savings and other benefits of the upgrade(s).
CEIP is administered by Alberta Municipalities. Grant and loan funding from the Federation of Canadian Municipalities offsets the program administration and the upfront costs for the home energy upgrades for the first four years.
Details are available in the Terms and Conditions.
To learn more about how you can get started with CEIP, visit myceip.ca/westlock.
Overview of Application Process
- Pre-Qualification: Complete and submit the Pre-Qualification Form at myceip.ca/westlock.
- Project Application: Complete an EnerGuide Home Evaluation. With the evaluation report in hand, choose your upgrades. Select a Qualified Contractor from our directory (we recommend comparing at least three quotes). Submit the Project Application Form with supporting documents.
- Agreements: Sign the Clean Energy Improvement Agreement and the Project Agreement.
- Installation: Your Qualified Contractor will install your upgrades. Submit an Upgrade Completion Form with supporting documents. Once approved, we will pay your contractor directly.
- Repayment: Once all upgrades are installed, complete a post-project EnerGuide Home Evaluation to confirm energy savings. You’ll see the total project cost added to your property’s tax bill at the agreed repayment schedule.
- The Clean Energy Improvement Program is first come, first served. Roughly 15 residential upgrade projects are budgeted for each year during the four years the Town has funding from the Federation of Canadian Municipalities.
- Homeowners will need to have five years of property tax history to be eligible.
- The Clean Energy Improvement Charge is tied to the property, not the property owner.
- Repayment is through property tax with terms based on the effective useful life (EUL) of the completed upgrades to a maximum of 20 years.
- CEIP is stackable with rebates and incentives.
What Upgrades Are Available?
The Clean Energy Improvement Program has over two dozen residential energy efficiency and renewable energy upgrades that can make your property more comfortable and energy efficient.
Upgrade categories include:
- Heating, ventilation and air conditioning
A high-efficiency furnace or heat pump and smart thermostats will keep you warm in the winter and cool in the summer.
- Renewable energy, solar PV and solar thermal
Harness the power of the sun to generate heat and electricity any time of year.
Enjoy higher quality and dynamic lighting while saving energy with LED upgrades.
- Water heating
Stop pouring money down the drain when you get tankless hot water and drain heat recovery.
- Doors, windows, insulation and air sealing
Keep your home cozy by sealing drafts, adding insulation, and upgrading windows and doors.
To be eligible for financing, all projects must be completed by a Qualified Contractor. These are Alberta-based energy efficiency and renewable energy experts.
Visit the Clean Energy Improvement Program website to browse the directory of Qualified Contractors, including businesses with roots in your own municipality.
Water Conservation Incentive Program
Limited Time Offer: $500 Rebate
For a limited time, participating property owners can receive a rebate of up to $500 for water-saving appliances installed alongside CEIP-financed upgrades.
The Water Conservation Incentive Program (WCIP) is a new program run in conjunction with the Town’s Clean Energy Improvement Program (CEIP). Although water conservation upgrades are not eligible to be financed through CEIP, residents who complete a CEIP project are eligible to apply for an additional incentive to offset the costs of installing qualified water conservation appliances. Installation does not have to be completed by a qualified CEIP contractor. Administered by the Town of Westlock, the WCIP is operated on a first-come, first-served basis.
Eligible participants can apply for a rebate of up to $500 for water-saving appliances. Pre-approval is highly recommended to guarantee funding is available for your project. If you have completed a CEIP project and have a signed Clean Energy Improvement Program Agreement with the Town of Westlock and Alberta Municipalities, fill out the pre-application form to get started.
The rebate will be applied to reduce the CEIP financing principal amount placed on the property tax roll once confirmation of installation of the water-saving appliances has been verified. The rebate will not be provided directly to the participant.
Installations must meet the following requirements to receive pre-approval:
- Appliance installation must be within 30 days of the completion of an eligible CEIP project;
- The appliance must not be purchased or installed before signing a Clean Energy Improvement Agreement;
- The water-saving appliance must be listed in Schedule A of the Program Guide; and
- Only one rebate per household.
Review the WCIP Program Guide to learn more about the program and eligibility criteria.
Complete the WCIP pre-application form today!