Municipalities

The Alberta Municipal Services Corporation (AMSC) works with municipalities across Alberta to design and deliver the Clean Energy Improvement Program.

Flexible financing

Alberta’s Clean Energy Improvement Program (CEIP) provides municipalities the opportunity to offer competitive financing to property owners for energy efficiency and renewable energy upgrades. CEIP covers up to 100 per cent of project costs and offers convenient repayment through property owners’ regular property tax bill.

What makes CEIP different from all other financing options available in the market is that the Clean Energy Improvement Charge is attached to the property, not the property owner. If the property is sold, the new owner assumes responsibility for repayment, while also enjoying the benefits of the upgrade. The Clean Energy Improvement Charge can be repaid at any time. Interest rates and terms are set by each participating municipality.

Keeping PACE

This innovative financing approach, also known as Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE), is garnering successful results in municipalities across Canada.

Why should your municipality participate?

Reduce barriers

CEIP makes energy efficiency and renewable energy upgrades more attainable to property owners by addressing upfront cost barriers.

Boost job opportunities

Support local energy efficiency and renewable energy contractors.

Sustainability

Demonstrate your municipality’s commitment to sustainability and economic growth by making it easy for your residents and businesses to make energy efficiency and renewable energy upgrades to their property.

Flexible financing

Give property owners in your municipality access to flexible, long-term financing that can cover up to 100% of project costs, with terms up to 25 years. Convenient repayment through a Clean Energy Improvement Charge on property owners’ tax bills.

Tip: CEIP participants are encouraged to take advantage of municipal, federal, or any other rebates and energy efficiency or renewable energy program incentives.

How CEIP Works

Step 1

The municipality passes a CEIP bylaw and secures the capital required to finance CEIP projects.

Step 2

Once the program is in market, property owners install eligible upgrades and AMSC verifies the project is complete.

Step 3

Once verified, the municipality transfers funds to AMSC to pay Qualified Contractors for completed work.

Step 4

Property owners repay the municipality for the cost of the project through a Clean Energy Improvement charge on their regular property tax bill.

Enable CEIP in your community

Download the Municipality Handout. It’s a quick, shareable guide that can be included in bylaw packages or provided to municipal staff to help build awareness.

Road to CEIP

Below are the key steps to enable CEIP in your community. AMSC provides technical support each step of the way.

  1. Build a business case for CEIP in your municipality.
  2. Explore where your municipality may source capital for the program (e.g., local bank, Federation of Canadian Municipalities).
  3. Draft and pass the bylaw needed to enable CEIP in your municipality (required under provincial legislation).
  4. Finalize program design and contractor onboarding.
  5. Market the program to potential participants and launch program.

Once the program is in market, AMSC leads core implementation tasks, including application and payment processing, website management, participant and contractor customer service, contractor onboarding, and marketing and engagement. AMSC also manages quality assurance processes and program reporting requirements. Municipalities are responsible for overseeing repayment of the Clean Energy Improvement Charge and collaborating with AMSC on marketing plan and execution, and approval of applications.

Support for municipal staff

As the program administrator, ASMC is the central hub for municipalities, contractors, and property owners participating in CEIP. AMSC supports municipalities in the program with:

  • Business case development
  • Bylaw development
  • Design and development of terms and conditions that are unique for your municipality

Program capitalization

Municipalities are responsible for sourcing the capital to finance CEIP projects. Sources of capital may include borrowing from a financial institution (e.g., local bank or credit union) or borrowing through another lending organization, such as the Federation of Canadian Municipalities. When evaluating options, municipalities should consider the flexibility of the terms of the borrowing, the interest rate, and any additional costs.

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The Federation of Canadian Municipalities is administering the Community Efficiency Financing program (CEF). The program provides low-interest loans and grants to municipalities that are launching residential efficiency financing programs, such as CEIP. AMSC provides technical application support to municipalities applying to CEF.  


CEIP development in Alberta

Join our CEIP Community of Practice

The CEIP Community of Practice (COP) is a group of municipalities engaged in sharing best practices, co-developing materials and tools, and facilitating connections between municipalities.

The CEIP COP meets twice a year and receives quarterly newsletter updates. 

All municipalities across Alberta are welcome to join the CEIP COP. Please email hello@myceip.ca to express your interest in joining.  

Questions?

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