Permanent Program

On May 13, 2024, City Council approved the permanent Clean Energy Improvement Tax Bylaw with a successful Clean Energy Improvement program pilot. The pilot will be completed in 2026. 

The Clean Energy Improvement Program (CEIP) provides homeowners and organizations access to low-cost financing to make energy efficiency upgrades or add renewable energy installations to their properties. The financing is then repaid by the property owner through the owner's property taxes. 

CEIP is an innovative financing tool for property owners to fund energy efficiency and renewable energy upgrades that are repaid through property tax. The program is administered by Alberta Municipalities. Details on the permanent commercial and residential program will be provided later this summer. For updates, subscribe to the Change for Climate newsletter.

Pilot Program History

Legislation to enable a Clean Energy Improvement Program (CEIP) became effective in Alberta on January 1, 2019. This program is similar to the Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) programs that can be found in other cities across Canada. The City of Edmonton hosted public engagement sessions in March 2019 to give opportunity for residents to help refine the proposed elements of the program. The results of the engagement can be found in the What We Heard Report.

On December 15, 2020, the City was awarded a grant of $9.6 million from the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM)'s Green Municipal Fund to develop and launch the program. On August 19, 2021, City Council passed the Clean Energy Improvement Pilot Program Tax Bylaw.

As of June 21, 2024, the pilot residential program has had 125 submissions, with 69 active residential files with a projected retrofit value of $2,45  million. The average residential project financing is $35,067.

There are three non-residential projects with a projected valuation of $2.13M.

Some common upgrade choices by pilot participants include:

  • Insulation
  • Windows and Doors
  • Solar PV
  • Air Source Heat Pumps

Four active non-residential projects resulted in a total projected value of $3 million. Of these, one project has completed construction to Net Zero with a total value of $1 million.