Commercial

Make your business more competitive with lower energy costs

An investment in energy efficiency or renewable energy is an investment in the long-term sustainability of your business. Energy efficiency cuts your costs every month while solar electricity gives you the energy independence to insulate your business against price shocks.

The only question is how to finance these upgrades. With the Clean Energy Improvement Program, you can start saving sooner than you think.

How the Clean Energy Improvement Program helps commercial property owners

This is a new, flexible way to finance energy efficiency and renewable energy upgrades. Repayment is made conveniently through your regular property tax bill and interest rates are competitive.

What’s more, the project financing is tied to the property, not the property owner. So you can save money now without worrying about what happens when you sell your property.

Plus:

  • Finance up to 100% of eligible project costs
  • Enjoy long repayment terms (up to 20 years for some upgrades).
  • Pay off the project’s balance at any time.

Competitive advantages

This program is Alberta’s version of property assessed clean energy (PACE) tailored for our province. Businesses can benefit from many advantages compared to traditional loans. The Clean Energy Improvement Program provides long-term financing that preserves working capital and increases property value and marketability.

Discover eligible commercial upgrades

Discover upgrades that can lower your utility bill and enhance your property’s value.

Heating, Ventilation & Air Conditioning

Warm in the winter, cool in the summer. The right upgrades can help occupants be more comfortable while saving you money.

Renewable Energy, Solar PV & Thermal

Renewable energy gives your business energy independence. Produce your energy with a solar PV system, store it with battery energy storage and heat your water—all with the power of the sun.

Lighting

Show your business in a better light. Modern lighting fixtures and controls output better quality, more pleasing light while also saving energy.

Water Heating

Heat up water, not your energy bills. Upgrade your water heater and add a drain water heat recovery system.

Doors, Windows, Insulation & Air Sealing

Don’t leave customers or tenants feeling chilly. Upgrading insulation, windows and air sealing will keep business hopping.

Commercial Kitchen

If you can’t take the heat— maybe you just need a smart ventilation system. Enjoy a quieter dining room and comfortable staff while also saving energy.

Motors and Drives

You might hustle 24/7 but your building’s equipment doesn’t have to. Variable speed drives for HVAC offer big energy savings.

Eligible participants  

An applicant must be the current legal owner of an eligible property located in a participating municipality with an ownership and corresponding tax payment history of at least five consecutive years.

There are two eligible commercial property categories:

Non-Residential Properties

  • General commercial property used for business activities, including corporate offices, retail (e.g., shopping centres, stores and restaurants), and accommodations (e.g., hotels and motels)
  • Industrial property used for manufacturing, warehousing, distribution, contractors’ shops or other industrial purposes
  • Special purpose property that was built to suit a specific purpose and, therefore, presents limited opportunities to be used in a way that was not originally intended (e.g., church, museum, recreational facility, golf course, performing arts facility)

Farm Land

Land that is used for farming operations as defined in Alberta’s Matters Relating to Assessment and Taxation Regulation (MRAT), 2018.

Steps

If you own commercial property in a participating municipality and would like to apply to the Clean Energy Improvement Program, here are the next steps.

  1. PRE-QUALIFY Complete and submit the Pre-Qualification Form. You will need to provide:
    • An ASHRAE Level 2 audit report OR a quote to show you have an audit booked.
    • Full feasibility studies for any renewable energy upgrades (with the exception of solar PV).
  2. PROJECT APPLICATION Once pre-qualified and with your ASHRAE audit report in hand, choose your upgrades.
  3. AGREEMENTS Once your project is approved, sign a Clean Energy Improvement Agreement and a Project Agreement. 
  4. INSTALLATION Your Qualified Contractor will install your upgrades. 
    • After each upgrade is installed, submit an Upgrade Completion Form with required supporting documents.
    • Alberta Municipalities will then pay your contractor.
  5. POST-PROJECT MEMOOnce all your upgrades are installed, you must submit a post-project memo to confirm the anticipated energy savings for your project. The memo must be produced by the same consultant who completed your ASHRAE audit.
  6. REPAYMENT The total project cost will then be added to your property’s tax bill for repayment at the previously agreed schedule.

Get started

The Clean Energy Improvement Program is available to commercial property owners in participating Alberta municipalities. Learn more about the terms and conditions and incentives available in each community.

Locations forthcoming in May 2022.


The Clean Energy Improvement Program is delivered by Alberta Municipalities in partnership with municipalities across Alberta.