The federal government of Canada recently announced the Greener Homes Grant, a new funding channel for homeowners to improve their energy efficiency and reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.
There will be 700,000 grants allocated of up to $5,000 to help make homes more energy efficient, including the installation of home solar panels.
The grant requires and will provide a rebate for EnerGuide evaluations.
· Homeowners – you must be able to provide proof of ownership with your property tax bill, and the property must be your primary residence. This is proven by one of the following documents - driver's license, government issued ID with your address, or a utility bill. Unfortunately, new homes - less than 6 months old - are not eligible for the program at this time.
· Indigenous Governments/organizations (band councils, land claim organizations etc.)
· Housing management bodies or indigenous service delivery organizations with formal partnerships with indigenous governments
The last two categories may be eligible to apply for homes that are not the owner’s primary residence.
Note that mechanical and electrical systems must be installed by a licensed professional, such as Kuby Renewable Energy.
· Single and semi-detached houses
· Row houses
· All-season cottages
· Mobiles homes on a permanent foundation
· Permanently moored floating homes
· Mixed use buildings (residential portion only)
· Small multi-unit residential buildings (3 storeys or less with a footprint of 600m2 or less)
An EnerGuide evaluation is required for this application. If you have had an EnerGuide evaluation completed on your home between Apr1, 2020 and November 30, 2020, you can use the evaluation for the program. If you had an EnerGuide evaluation completed after Dec 1, 2020, you can be reimbursed for the evaluation.
Up to $5,000 for implementation of an energy efficiency measure below.
Up to $600 for the cost of the pre- and post-retrofit EnerGuide evaluation. $5,600 in total potential incentives.
1. Renewable Energy aka Home Solar Panels – up to $5,000
2. Home Insulation – up to $5,000
3. Air-Sealing – up to $1,000
4. Windows and doors - up to$5,000
5. Thermostats (must be combined with other measure) - up to $50
6. Heating - up to $5,000
7. Resiliency measures (must be combined with other measure) - up to $2,625
8. Small Multi-Unit Residential Buildings – Grant value dependent upon number of units. 4-6 Units = 1.5x, 7-9Units = 2.0x, 10-12 Units = 2.5x, 13-16 Units = 3.0x, 17+ Units = 4.0x.
For home solar power systems, the technical requirements are all met by Kuby Energy. We will make sure your system is installed in compliance with all guidelines and regulations.
Solar power is eligible for $1,000/kW($1.00/W) up to $5,000. Most homes will be limited by and receive the federal rebate cap of $5,000.
Battery energy storage systems can be included in the Resiliency measures category for a $1,000 incentive, however, the $5,000 cap will still remain across all measures.
The application must be completed by the homeowner, however Kuby Energy can assist you with all the information required.
To register for the program, please follow the below steps:
You will need the following:
-Type of House
-Address of your primary residence
-Proof of ownership (discussed above)
-Proof of residence (discussed above)
2. Book your pre-retrofit EnerGuide evaluation (A pre and post evaluation will be required and must be completed by an NRCan registered energy advisor)
- when registering, it will ask you to use your postal code, and from there, you will select a service organization in your area. You will request the evaluation and will be contacted by an energy advisor to set up your appointment.
-when the pre-retrofit evaluation is complete, you will receive an EnerGuide home rating and a label, as well as a Renovation Upgrade Report and Homeowner Information Sheet
-the post-retrofit evaluation will occur after the work is complete
*If you already have your solar system installed, you will need to contact the program administrators to confirm if you will be eligible.
** If you have not yet had your system installed, we recommend getting your energy audit right away.
3. Confirm if you would like to share your home performance information
Please contact us if you have any questions or uncertainties regarding installing home solar panels or this the Greener Homes federal rebate program.
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