Community Energy Leadership Program
The Community Energy Leadership Program (CELP) was established in 2015 to support local government and First Nations investments in energy efficiency and clean energy projects.
The program is currently implementing approved projects under its last two funding intakes (2018 Special Round and Round 4) and future funding intakes are not currently scheduled.
The Community Energy Leadership Program is part of the Province’s CleanBC plan to help us all use more clean and renewable energy in how we get around, heat our homes, and fuel our industry — setting us on the path to a cleaner, brighter future.
The main goals of the program are to:
- Reduce greenhouse gas emissions
- Increase energy efficiency
- Stimulate economic activity in the clean energy sector
- Support vibrant and resilient communities
Program Budget 2015-2019
|CELP Round 1||CELP Round 2||CELP Round 3||2018 Special Round||CELP Round 4|
CELP Approved Projects
1. Squamish-Lillooet Regional District - $24,742.74 for a solar photovoltaic project in the rural community of Gold Bridge, producing approximately 17-20 megawatt hours (MWh) annually, and providing opportunities for industry training in solar photovoltaics. This project was completed March 2016, at a total project cost of $74,978.
2. City of Kelowna - $45,000 for an arena energy efficiency retrofit project, reducing energy demand by 2,660 gigajoules (GJ) per year, saving $26,600 per year in operational costs, and reducing the city's carbon footprint by 131 tonnes per year. This project was completed March 2016, at a total project cost of $166,000.
3. City of Kamloops - $30,855 for a solar photovoltaic project at the City's newest park and community centre development, producing approximately 25 MWh of electricity annually. This project was completed March 2016, at a total project cost of $93,500.
4. Capital Regional District - $21,780 for an energy-efficient boiler retrofit project at a non-profit housing development, resulting in an estimated 20 percent efficiency gain and emissions reductions of 15 tonnes of CO2e per year. This project was completed December 2015, at a total project cost of $66,000.
5. Nanaimo Regional District - $20,000 for an arena energy efficiency retrofit project, reducing energy demand by 940 GJ per year, saving $8,700 per year in operational costs, and reducing emissions by 45 tonnes of CO2e per year. This project was completed February 2016, at a total project cost of $63,250.
6. City of Coquitlam - $20,000 for an energy efficient boiler retrofit at their cultural centre, and an exterior LED retrofit at their sports and leisure center, together resulting in a total energy savings of 1,985 GJ annually. This project was completed January 2016, at a total project cost of $435,000.
1. Cowichan Valley Regional District - $24,000 for a solar photovoltaic (PV) demonstration project that includes the installation of a roof mounted 22.3 kilowatt (kW) solar PV system on a local community building that will produce approximately 25,047 kilowatt hours (kWh) per year. Total project cost $73,164.
2. City of Cranbrook - $108,000 for a heat recovery ventilator retrofit at a local community pool that will save $38,000 per year in energy use and reduce GHG emissions by 231 tonnes per year. Total project cost $368,000.
3. Kwadacha First Nation - $150,000 for a bioenergy project in their remote community that will generate 1 million kWh per year of energy, reduce diesel consumption, and reduce GHG emissions by 987 tonnes per year. Total project cost $4.1 million.
4. Old Massett Village Council - $47,000 for a biomass district heating system that will reduce diesel consumption, resulting in saving of $92,000 per year in energy use and reducing GHG emissions by 225 tonnes per year. Total project cost $874,000.
5. City of Nelson - $20,000 for a solar photovoltaic project producing approximately 61 megawatt hours (MWh) of electricity annually and demonstrating a first-in-Canada concept of a “community solar garden” where community members share in the ownership of a central solar system managed by the City’s municipal power utility. Total project cost $245,000.
6. District of Saanich - $100,000 for an energy efficiency and air source heat pump retrofit project at a local community centre that will save $48,000 per year in energy use and reduce GHG emissions by 334 tonnes per year. Total project cost $1.2 million.
7. Skidegate Band Council - $70,000 for a community-wide heat pump retrofit and training project that will save $53,000 per year in energy use and reduce the need for increased diesel demand. Total project cost $240,000.
8. Xeni Gwet’in First Nation - $36,000 for Phase 1 of a multi-phase community electrification project that will supply clean, reliable, renewable electrical energy to the community by replacing existing fossil fuel generators and reducing GHG emissions by approximately 8900 tonnes over 20 years. Total project cost for all phases $2,846,050.
1. District of Clearwater - $160,000 for a district energy system in the North Thompson Sportsplex. The project will replace the existing propane/hydro heating system with a biomass woodchip-fuelled system, saving the community approximately $29,000 annually and reducing GHG emissions by 62 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) per year. The total project cost is $521,251.
2. Township of Langley - $80,000 for a heat-recovery system in a hockey rink ice plant. The project involves the installation of a heat-recovery ventilator and a heat pump to recover heat from the hockey rink chiller system. The project will produce operational cost savings of approximately $21,000 per year, while partially switching the fuel source from natural gas to electricity and reducing GHG emissions by nearly 120 tonnes of CO2e per year. The total project cost is $265,000.
3. Regional District of Mount Waddington - $30,000 to convert a gas-powered Zamboni ice resurfacer to solar powered. The project will save the community approximately $9,000 per year – which represents 80% of the annual operating costs for the Zamboni – and will reduce GHG emissions by 9.7 tonnes of CO2e per year. The total project cost is $221,000.
4. Wuikinuxv Nation - $106,000 of CELP funding and $69,000 of Remote Community Implementation Program (RCI) funding for a total of $175,000 for a run-of-river hydropower project on the Nicknaqueet River. The project will reduce the use of diesel in the community by 92%, with savings of $271,500 annually for over 40 years. It will also reduce GHG emissions by 806 tonnes of CO2e per year. Provincial funding is contributing to a component of the project worth $599,823. The total project cost for the hydropower project is $11 million. The Wuikinuxv Nation is located in the remote area of the Central Coast of British Columbia.
5. Xeni Gwet’in First Nations - $106,000 of CELP funding and $69,000 of Remote Community Implementation Program (RCI) funding for atotal of $175,000 for Phase 2 of the Electrical Power System project. The project involves the installation of solar photovoltaic panels, energy storage, and a smart grid to supply clean, reliable, affordable, renewable electrical energy to Xeni Gwet’in community members. Existing fossil-fuel generators will be replaced and will reduce GHG emissions by approximately 382 tonnes of CO2e per year. The total project cost is $1,875,000. The Xeni Gwet’in First Nations are located in the Nemiah Valley within the Cariboo Chilcotin region.
6. Saulteau First Nations - $68,000 approved for Phase 1 of a Community Biomass Heating Project. The centralized heating system will consist of a biomass boiler that will heat a mixture of glycol and water which is distributed to each heating zone (community buildings). The project will connect the existing community hall / administration building with a 220 kW sized boiler. This Project will achieve an annual emissions reduction of approximately 55 tonnes of CO2e per year from using biomass instead of using propane for heating. The total project cost is $384,750.
1. Osoyoos – $24,750 to install a complete direct digital control (DOC) building automation system (BAS) to optimize control of heating, ventilating, air conditioning and other building-level equipment and systems. The total project cost is $75,000.
2. Tsleil-Waututh First Nation – $46,365 to construct a fixed solar photovoltaic array that will generate 41.6kW of power from 262 square metres of panels on the newly constructed Administration and Health Centre Building. The average annual power of 46,700 kWh will be used to offset the energy needed for the building. The total project cost is $140,500.
3. Doig River First Nation – $75,000 to construct a 6,030 square feet community passive house community building for spiritual practice, elders and day-care use. Annual savings estimated at $8,000 based on non-passive house construction standards. Provincial funding is contributing to the energy efficiency phase of the project with a cost of $272,000, while the total cost for the community passive house project is $4.2 million.
4. Hesquiaht First Nations – $100,000 to construct a 350-kilowatt hydropower plant on the Ahtaapq Creek that is expected to replace 76% of diesel use and cut 627 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions each year. Provincial funding is contributing to a phase of the project with a cost of $749,155 while the total cost of the hydropower project is estimated at $13 million.
1. Kitasoo/Xai’xais First Nation: Battery Power Storage Bank Project – $114,510 for a battery power storage bank and control system with a 125-kilowatt-hour storage capacity. The project will operate interactively with the existing hydroelectric facility to improve the efficiency of water usage and to help address any impacts to water availability for power generation due to climate change. This project will reduce the use of supplementary diesel generators leading to emissions reductions of 159 tonnes of CO2e per year in a B.C. remote community. The total project cost is $347,000.
2. District of Summerland: Energy Efficiency and Carbon Reduction Upgrades Project – $57,255 for installation of heat pumps at a waste water treatment plant. The heat pumps will be used to replace existing older natural gas equipment and to supplement newer natural gas equipment. The plant is the most energy intensive of the Districts’ primary buildings and the project will reduce energy use by almost 800 gigajoules per year. The total project cost is $173,500.
3. Kanaka Bar Indian Band: Greening Upper Kanaka Project – $33,000 for a 24-kilowatt solar array and battery storage. The project will install solar photovoltaic (PV) panels on the Band office, Health Office, a community residential building as well as installing solar PV and energy storage on a new community building. In total the project will save the community over $4,000 a year in energy costs. The total project cost is $111,000.
4. Lower Nicola Indian Band: Shulus Community Arena Solar Garden Project – $82,500 for a 100-kilowatt solar array on the Shulus Community Arena. The project will displace approximately 25-30% of the arena's total electrical consumption, saving the community about $13,000 in energy costs per year. The total project cost is $250,000.
5. Ashcroft Indian Band: Solar Energizing the New Elders' Building Project – $18,000 for an 18-kilowatt solar array on the newly constructed Elders’ Building. The project is an important element of efforts to develop community resilience in an area badly affected by wildfires. The project will save the band about $2,775 per year. The total project cost is $55,000.
6. Regional District of Central Kootenay: Procter Hall Energy Efficiency and Solar Project – $97,020 for energy efficiency upgrades and installation of a 26-kilowatt solar array on the Procter Community Hall. Energy efficiency measures will include improvements to the building envelope, windows, hot water system and replacement of the propane furnace with an air source heat pump. The project will save the community about $4,274 in annual energy costs. The total project cost is $294,500.
7. Village of Fraser Lake: Library Energy Efficiency Retrofit Project – $57,238 for energy efficiency upgrades to the library.
8. Cowichan Valley Regional District: District Office HVAC Replacement Project – $60,000 for upgrades of the building HVAC components. The project will include replacement of the gas-fired boiler and fluid cooler with an air-source heat pump (ASHP); replacement of the gas-fired domestic hot water system with a heat pump system including the chiller and make-up air unit; installation of a heat recovery ventilation (HRV) to recover the washroom exhaust fans heat; replacement of the 50 water-source fan coils (heat pumps) within the building; and upgrades to the building roof structure to accommodate these component replacements. Total project cost is $1,475,000.