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Retrofit Funding: ecoENERGY Retrofit Incentive for Industry – FAQ

  1. Important Notice – September 23, 2010
  2. Eligibility criteria
  3. Basis and timing of payment
  4. Selecting an energy retrofit contractor
  5. Application process

Important Notice – September 23, 2010

When was the program launched?

As part of the ecoACTION initiatives, Natural Resources Canada launched the ecoENERGY Retrofit – Small and Medium Organizations program in April 2007.

The program is delivered jointly by the Buildings Division and the Industrial Programs Division of the Office of Energy Efficiency. Targeted to both the commercial/institutional and industrial sectors, the program uses contribution funds to help accelerate the implementation of energy efficiency improvements.

Why was the program's closing date changed?

As demand for this program has been less than expected, the ecoENERGY Retrofit – Small and Medium Organizations program will ended March 31, 2011.

Please note that in order to be eligible for an incentive all projects had to be completed by March 31, 2011. Projects that were not completed by March 31, 2011 will not be eligible to receive an incentive, even if a contribution agreement has been signed by both NRCan and the company.

This is an example of the Government's continuous commitments to targeting investments to initiatives and technologies that provide the most effective results in terms of meeting our greenhouse gas reduction goals.

In the Speech from the Throne, the Government of Canada reiterated its commitment to investing in the clean energy technologies of the future, making Canada a world leader in the green economy of tomorrow.

Eligibility criteria

Will NRCan fund a retrofit project that is being partially funded by a utility and/or another government department or agency?

Yes. In their application form, companies must indicate how much financial support they are receiving or expect to receive from other sources, such as a utility and/or other government program, including provincial and territorial. NRCan will then cost-share the balance of the eligible costs not covered by the other sources. Several utilities and provinces/territories have programs to assist companies with capital retrofit projects, and companies are encouraged to explore such opportunities.

What kinds of projects can receive funding from the ecoENERGY Retrofit Incentive for Industry?

Eligible projects are those that retrofit existing industrial buildings, systems and processes; that demonstrate measurable energy savings; and that have a net simple payback period of more than 12 months based on energy savings.

NOTE: work on the proposed project(s) cannot start until NRCan has approved and both NRCan and the company have signed the Contribution Agreement.

Basis and timing of payment

How is NRCan's incentive calculated?

The maximum amount payable per application is $50,000. The incentive is calculated on a project basis net of funding from other sources and is the lowest of the following amounts:

  • $10 per gigajoule (GJ) of energy estimated to be saved by a retrofit project per year
  • 25 percent of the total eligible project costs (including GST, HST and PST net of tax rebate)
  • the amount required to reduce the net simple payback period for each project to no less than 12 months based on energy savings

Can a company submit an application for a project that has taken place or that is underway?

No. NRCan does not retroactively support energy retrofit projects that are in progress or that have already been completed. Work cannot start until NRCan has approved and both NRCan and the company have signed the Contribution Agreement

What must a company submit to NRCan in order to be reimbursed for a portion of the retrofit project costs?

Companies must submit a claim form provided by NRCan, along with relevant supporting documentation such as equipment invoices and all other relevant receipts for eligible costs. Claims must be received by NRCan within three (3) months of the end date of the agreement and certified by a senior financial officer of the company.

How long does it take to receive a cheque from NRCan?

About 40 working days from the time a claim form with proper supporting documentation is approved by NRCan.

Selecting an energy retrofit contractor

What happens if a company is dissatisfied with the work performed by the contractor?

The company and the contractor are responsible for handling any conflicts. If a company does not pay a contractor for services related to the energy audit, then NRCan cannot reimburse the company.

Application process

Is there a deadline for submitting applications to NRCan?

The deadline for submitting applications to the ecoENERGY Retrofit Incentive Program for Industry was January 21, 2011. New applications are no longer accepted.

Does NRCan make information about the facility's retrofit project(s) available to the public?

All retrofit project information marked "Proprietary Business Information" is treated as commercially confidential. No release of specific information is made without the approval of the facility's owner.

From time-to-time NRCan prepares and releases non-attributable, statistical information on the audit incentives and assessments of potential energy savings in order to show responsible management of the incentive funds, to encourage others to reduce energy use and to demonstrate value to the public.

Companies are expected to co-operate with program evaluation requirements and to provide additional or supplementary information that is requested for that purpose.