The Alberta Municipal Services Corporation (AMSC) works with municipalities across Alberta to design and deliver the Clean Energy Improvement Program.
Alberta’s Clean Energy Improvement Program (CEIP) provides municipalities the opportunity to offer competitive financing to property owners for energy efficiency and renewable energy upgrades. CEIP covers up to 100 per cent of project costs and offers convenient repayment through property owners’ regular property tax bill.
What makes CEIP different from all other financing options available in the market is that the Clean Energy Improvement Charge is attached to the property, not the property owner. If the property is sold, the new owner assumes responsibility for repayment, while also enjoying the benefits of the upgrade. The Clean Energy Improvement Charge can be repaid at any time, penalty-free. Interest rates and terms are set by each participating municipality.
This innovative financing approach, also known as Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE), is garnering successful results in municipalities across Canada and the United States.
Why should your municipality participate?
CEIP makes energy efficiency and renewable energy upgrades more attainable to property owners by addressing upfront cost barriers.
Boost job opportunities
Support local energy efficiency and renewable energy contractors.
Demonstrate your municipality’s commitment to sustainability and economic growth by making it easy for your residents and businesses to make energy efficiency and renewable energy upgrades to their property.
Give property owners in your municipality access to flexible, long-term financing that can cover up to 100% of project costs, with terms up to 25 years. Convenient repayment through a Clean Energy Improvement Charge on property owners’ tax bills.
Tip: CEIP participants are encouraged to take advantage of municipal, federal, or any other rebates and energy efficiency or renewable energy program incentives.
How CEIP Works
The municipality passes a CEIP bylaw and secures the capital required to finance CEIP projects.
Once the program is in market, property owners install eligible upgrades and AMSC verifies the project is complete.
Once verified, the municipality transfers funds to AMSC to pay contractors for completed work.
Property owners repay the municipality for the cost of the project through a Clean Energy Improvement charge on their regular property tax bill.
Enable CEIP in your community
Road to CEIP
Below are the key steps to enable CEIP in your community. AMSC provides technical support each step of the way.
- Build a business case for CEIP in your municipality.
- Explore where your municipality may source capital for the program (e.g., local bank, Federation of Canadian Municipalities).
- Draft and pass the bylaw needed to enable CEIP in your municipality (required under provincial legislation).
- Finalize program design and contractor onboarding.
- Market the program to potential participants and launch program.
Once the program is in market, AMSC leads core implementation tasks, including application and payment processing, website management, participant and contractor customer service, contractor onboarding, and marketing and engagement. AMSC also manages quality assurance processes and program reporting requirements. Municipalities are responsible for overseeing repayment of the Clean Energy Improvement Charge and collaborating with AMSC on marketing plan and execution, and approval of applications.
Support for municipal staff
As the provincial administrator, ASMC is the central hub for municipalities, contractors, and property owners participating in CEIP. AMSC supports municipalities in the program with:
- Business case development
- Bylaw development
- Design and development of terms and conditions that are unique for your municipality
Municipalities are responsible for sourcing the capital to finance CEIP projects. Sources of capital may include borrowing from a financial institution (e.g., local bank or credit union) or borrowing through another lending organization, such as the Federation of Canadian Municipalities. When evaluating options, municipalities should consider the flexibility of the terms of the borrowing, the interest rate, and any additional costs.
The Federation of Canadian Municipalities is administering the Community Efficiency Financing program (CEF). The program provides low-interest loans and grants to municipalities that are launching residential efficiency financing programs, such as CEIP. AMSC provides technical application support to municipalities applying to CEF.
CEIP development in Alberta
- Town of Devon passed a CEIP bylaw on November 25, 2019.
- Town of Rocky Mountain House passed a CEIP bylaw on December 3, 2019.
- Town of Canmore passed a CEIP bylaw on December 4, 2020.
- The Towns of Devon and Rocky Mountain House plan to launch their CEIP program in 2021.
- The City of Leduc passed the first reading of their CEIP bylaw, with bylaw adoption expected by late spring 2021.
- The City of Edmonton secured program capital from the Federal of Canadian Municipalities.
Join our CEIP Community of Practice
The CEIP Community of Practice (COP) is a group of municipalities engaged in sharing best practices, co-developing materials and tools, and facilitating connections between municipalities.
The CEIP COP meets twice a year and receives quarterly newsletter updates.
All municipalities across Alberta are welcome to join the CEIP COP. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to express your interest in joining.