Round 2

What will CELP Funding do....?

Funding will support community energy projects that encompass the following:

  • Either:
    • Clean or renewable energy projects as defined in B.C.’s Clean Energy Act.  (Under the Act, a “clean or renewable resource” means biogas, geothermal heat, hydro, solar, ocean, wind or any other prescribed resource.);  OR
    • Innovative energy efficiency projects (e.g. net-zero energy ready building performance design, a net-zero energy ready or passive house standard demonstration building, existing building retrofit based on the ASHRAE 100 standard, installation of heat pump space heating and / or water heating technologies, or other energy efficiency projects that you can demonstrate are innovative for your community or type of community);
  • New construction, renewal, retrofit, expansion or material enhancements; and
  • Investment in either community-owned infrastructure or community-owned clean or renewable energy projects, or a community-owned equity stake in clean or renewable energy projects.

The second round of CELP was highly competitive, with over 30 applications received representing a wide range of energy efficiency and clean energy projects.  For this round, over $550,000 in CELP funding is supporting community energy projects. 

CELP Round 2 Successful applicants:

  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 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 kilowatt-hours 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 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)


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