Round 3 Projects

For the 2017-2018 third intake of the Community Energy Leadership Program (CELP), a total allotment of $550,000 was available to fund projects. Contributions ranged from $30,000 to $175,000 per project.  In this funding intake, 46 Expressions of Interest and 17 full applications were received and reviewed.

Additional Selection Criteria

For the third round of planned funding, some additional criteria were introduced.

Projects were first evaluated based on how well the project meets the overall CELP program objectives of supporting government’s energy, economic, environmental and greenhouse gas reduction priorities and advancing British Columbia’s clean technology sector.

In addition to the program's standard eligibility requirements, projects were assessed based on funding value, need, history, as well as innovation, community leadership, regional distribution, and diversity of technologies supported within the CELP portfolio.

For renewable energy projects, the following criteria were also considered:

  • Provides dependable capacity in the energy system
  • Provides energy at times that match the greatest system needs
  • Either promotes fuel switching to clean energy resources or generates clean or renewable electricity in remote communities

For energy efficiency projects, the following criteria were also considered:

  • Significant greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reductions anticipated
  • Significant energy savings anticipated
  • Stimulates the development and introduction of technologies and designs that increase energy efficiency
  • Contributes to a market transformation towards higher efficiency technologies and designs

Round 3 Application Documents

Please note, eligibility criteria may be subject to change for the next round of CELP.  Please carefully review the updated CELP Program Guide when it is released in 2019.

Round 3 Informational Webinar

Click here to view the BC Sustainable Energy Association Webinar hosted on December 1, 2016

CELP Round 3 Successful Applicants

  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.