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The City of Lethbridge’s Clean Energy Improvement Program is currently at capacity for this year and has closed to pre-qualification submissions. Pre-qualification submissions that are currently on the waitlist will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis, as space becomes available.
The program will re-open again to new submissions in 2024 or earlier, depending on available space. To be notified when the program opens again, sign up for updates here
The Clean Energy Improvement Program (CEIP) is Alberta’s innovative financing tool that enables residential property owners to pay for energy efficiency and renewable energy upgrades. CEIP is now available to City of Lethbridge residents.
The Clean Energy Improvement Program helps make your home’s energy efficiency and renewable energy upgrades affordable. With access to financing, you can install a range of upgrades that will start lowering your energy bills immediately. The money you save on utilities every month can then help you pay back what you borrowed.
To learn more about the CEIP program watch the video, download the brochure or read the FAQ's below.
CEIP is a financing program designed to make energy efficiency and renewable energy upgrades more attainable to residential property owners by providing flexible financing through the City of Lethbridge with repayment collected through property taxes. The program is administered by Alberta Municipalities in partnership with the City of Lethbridge.
Only the property owners participating in the program would see an increase on their property tax bill. This increase is the result of the repayment of the financed project costs, which appears as a separate line item on the bill. If you don't participate in the energy upgrade program, it will not impact your property taxes.
CEIP improvements reduce greenhouse gas emissions and can lead to reduced energy costs for the property owner. Programs like CEIP support our local economy. The home improvement projects that qualify for CEIP will create work for local energy efficiency and renewable energy contractors.
We encourage local contractors to visit ceip.abmunis.ca/contractor to learn more about the program and apply to be added to our Contractor Directory. Only contractors listed on the Directory are eligible to participate in the program.
Many of the upgrades require permits from the city. No monies will be advanced unless proper permits are in place.
CEIP uses innovative financing known as Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) which allows property owners to access flexible, long-term financing through their municipal property taxes for energy efficiency or renewable energy upgrades. Repayment is facilitated through an added Clean Energy Improvement charge to the participant's regular property tax bill. This charge is linked to the property where the upgrades are installed and not the property owner.
CEIP has its own unique guidelines and requirements that are specific to Alberta context and designed to support the local economy while also protecting property owners.
In order to participate in the program, municipalities need to first pass a CEIP bylaw. That bylaw authorizes a municipality to borrow money for the purpose of financing clean energy improvements, and use the property tax system to facilitate repayment from property owners.
On August 10, 2022, Lethbridge's Clean Energy Improvement Bylaw was passed by Lethbridge's City Council. The bylaw enables the city to offer CEIP in Lethbridge.
With the passing of Lethbridge's Clean Energy Improvement Bylaw, the city has been approved on a funding application to the Federation of Canadian Municipalities for a loan and grant to support the program. The loan will be used to finance clean energy improvement projects and the grant will support the delivery and administration of the program. CEIP is now available to City of Lethbridge residents. To apply please go to https://ceip.abmunis.ca/residential/locations/city-of-lethbridge/ to review terms and conditions and complete the pre-qualification form.
August 2022 - Clean Energy Improvement Program Bylaw approved
Fall 2022 - Finalize program design
February 28, 2023 - Program launch
City Hall 910 4 Avenue South Lethbridge, AB T1J 0P6