Frequently Asked Questions

General

Is CEIP financing stackable with rebate or incentive programs for energy efficiency upgrades and renewable energy equipment?

CEIP participants are encouraged to take advantage of rebates available to them.

How is CEIP financing repaid?

Once the CEIP project is complete, a Clean Energy Improvement Charge is added to the participant’s property tax bill—similar to a local improvement assessment. This new payment will remain on the property for the length of the term chosen. Property owners continue to pay their property tax bill the same way they always have.

What type of upgrades are eligible for financing?

All eligible residential upgrades will be listed on the program website when the program launches in Summer 2021. Examples include high-efficiency heating and cooling systems, windows, insulation, water heaters, and solar photovoltaic systems.

Will CEIP be successful in Alberta?

There is very strong interest from Alberta municipalities, both urban and rural, to participate. Although the program is new, Albertans have expressed a strong desire for more information and to take part. We have every reason to believe CEIP will be successful in Alberta.

Is the CEIP clean energy improvement charge tied to me or my property?

Unlike other financial instruments, projects financed under the CEIP program have the clean energy improvement charge tied to the property, not the property owner. Once an energy efficiency or renewable energy upgrade is installed and verified, it gets added to the property tax for repayment. If the property owner decides to sell the property, the clean energy improvement charge stays with the property and the new owner assumes payment and enjoys the benefits associated with the upgrade. Also, as the clean energy improvement charge can be paid off at any time, property owners can pay off the clean energy improvement charge before selling their property if they choose.

Which municipalities in Alberta offer CEIP?

All available CEIP programs in Alberta will be listed on our website.

When did Alberta adopt CEIP?

Bill 10: An Act to Enable Clean Energy Improvements was passed on June 6, 2018. The Act authorizes municipalities to complete a borrowing to finance projects and recover costs through the municipal property tax system. The attendant regulation (Clean Energy Improvements Regulation) came into force on January 1, 2019.

Is this a new program?

While new to Alberta, Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) programs are well established in other jurisdictions. First implemented in California in 2008, PACE programs have expanded within the United States with approximately 50 active commercial and residential PACE programs, resulting in over $7.5 billion in investment.

PACE is gaining traction in Canada, with active residential programs in Ontario (City of Toronto); and Nova Scotia (Halifax, Town of Amherst​, Town of Bridgewater​, District of Barrington​, Municipality of Cumberland​, District of Digby, District of Lunenburg, District of Yarmouth).

How does CEIP work?

CEIP is voluntary for municipalities. To set up a CEIP program, a municipality must first pass a CEIP bylaw. Once passed, the municipality contracts AMSC to deliver the program to property owners. Property owners follow the program process to complete eligible energy efficiency and renewable energy upgrades. Once upgrades are installed and approved, repayment is made through the property owner’s municipal property tax bill.

What is PACE and CEIP?

PACE stands for Property Assessed Clean Energy. It’s a financial instrument that allows property owners to finance energy efficiency or renewable energy upgrades through their municipal property taxes. CEIP stands for the Clean Energy Improvement Program and is Alberta’s version of PACE. The Alberta Municipal Services Corporation (AMSC) is the program administrator for CEIP as designated under the provincial Clean Energy Improvements Regulation.

Property Owner

I am a property owner and would like to learn more about the program, who do I contact?

Please contact us here.

Which municipalities have already passed a Clean Energy Improvement tax bylaw?

Please visit the Municipality page, section titled CEIP development in Alberta, to find out information on bylaw development in the province.

I am a resident of Devon/Rocky Mountain House/Edmonton, when can I expect the program to launch in my community?

The program will launch to residential property owners in Devon and Rocky Mountain House in Summer 2021. Edmonton is planning to launch the program in Fall 2021.

As a property owner, what happens when I sell my property?

The clean energy improvement charge is attached to the property, not the property owner. So, if the property is sold, the new owner assumes responsibility for repayment, while also enjoying the benefits provided by the upgrades. The clean energy improvement charge can be repaid at any time, penalty free.

Do I need consent from my mortgage provider to participate in CEIP?

Yes, if you have a mortgage on your property, you must get consent from your mortgage provider to participate in the program.

Will applicants be subject to a credit check or income verification?

Credit check requirements may vary by municipality. Other factors may be used to determine the applicant’s eligibility for financing. For example, applicants must be current on their property taxes and any property-secured debt (e.g., mortgage or home equity line of credit).

What is the interest rate/is it interest free?

CEIP offers competitive financing, but it is not interest free. Each municipality sets their own interest rate; therefore, it varies by municipality. Interest rates will be listed on participating municipalities’ program pages as they become available.

How much financing can a property owner receive?

The maximum financing accessible for a single project is limited by two factors: (1) the property owner’s current annual property tax payment, and (2) the program financing limits for residential, commercial and farmland properties.

How is CEIP financing repaid?

Once the CEIP project is complete, a Clean Energy Improvement Charge is added to the participant’s property tax bill—similar to a local improvement assessment. This new payment will remain on the property for the length of the term chosen. Property owners continue to pay their property tax bill the same way they always have.

How does a property owner qualify for CEIP?

The first step is to get pre-qualified by AMSC and the participating municipality by submitting a Pre-qualification Application Form (found on the participating municipality’s program page). Program applicants must be the property owner, and the property must be located within a participating municipality.

Is CEIP available where I live?

All CEIP programs in Alberta will be listed on our website when they become available.

Municipal

I am a municipal staff/council member and would like to learn more about the program. Who do I contact?

We are here to help. Please contact us and we’ll guide you through the entire process.

Is this a voluntary program for municipalities?

Municipal participation in the program is entirely voluntary; municipalities can choose to opt in by passing a bylaw that enables CEIP in their community.

What municipalities have already passed a Clean Energy Improvement tax bylaw?

In late 2019, the Town of Devon and the Town of Rocky Mountain House passed CEIP bylaws. To learn about the progress of CEIP in your municipality, you can contact us. We also recommend contacting your local municipal representative.

Contractor

I am a contractor, how do I sign up for program updates?

Local contractors are integral to the success of the Clean Energy Improvement Program. If you’re interested in learning more sign-up for email updates. We will share program updates and municipal events with you as they become available.

How are Qualified Contractors paid?

Once upgrade installations are completed, eligible project costs will be reviewed by the Alberta Municipalities Services Corporation (AMSC). If approved, contractors will be paid by AMSC.