CleanBC Better Buildings: CleanBC Custom Program

By mmuise

Better Buildings BC offers a range of incentives intended to help building owners, operators and developers reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in their existing or new commercial buildings.
The CleanBC Custom Program offers energy study funding of up to $20,000 and up to $200,000 capital incentives for fuel switching and other electrification measures.

Comments on Funding:

1. Available Incentives:
a) Energy Study Funding – the Custom Program supports up to 50% of an energy study’s cost, up to a maximum of $20,000.
b) Custom Capital Funding Incentives – based on a rate of $40/tCO2e of lifetime greenhouse gas savings, CleanBC will support up to $200,000 per customer. For heat pump rooftop units, the Program offers a rate of $60/tCO2e.
2. All eligible Northern customers* will receive an additional $10/t C02e incentive on all eligible measures installed. The total maximum incentive including the top-up offer is $250,000 per project. * Eligible buildings must have a commercial utility account with BC Hydro and be located north of and including the District of 100 Mile House (latitude 51.628°N).

Deadline: Continuous Intake

Eligibility requirements:

  • Applicants must have a BC Hydro Key Account Manager;
  • The building(s) must be in the BC Hydro service territory, including New Westminster.
  • The project must demonstrate at the pre-screening phase the potential to implement measures at a single facility that will lead to at least 1,200 tC02e of lifetime GHG savings.
  • To qualify as an energy measure, the project must:
    a) Provide a net decrease in GHGs;
    b) Result in energy impacts that are measurable and verifiable, and that can be estimated using standard engineering calculations;
    c) Involve a technology that is not covered by other utility DSM programs;
    d) Involve a technology that provides net electrical load growth.
  • Custom Capital Incentives require the completion of an energy study. Energy studies completed prior to the launch of the Custom Program can be eligible but must be approved by BC Hydro.
  • Equipment cannot be purchased before finalizing and signing the Capital Incentive Agreement.
  • Potential CleanBC Custom Incentive Measures can include the following, refer to the Participant’s Guide for more information:
    a) Heat Recovery Chiller;
    b) Air-to-Water Heat Pump;
    c) Air-to-Water Heat Pump Water Heater;
    d) Ground Source Heat Pump;
    e) Air-to-Air Rooftop Heat Pump;
    f) Water-to-Water Heat Pump;
    g) Exhaust Air Heat Recovery Heat Pump;
    h) Sewage Heat Recovery Heat Pump;
    i) Electric Boiler;
    j) Electric Water Heater;
    k) High-efficiency (>75%) HRV;
    l) Air Source VRF;
    m) Water Source VRF.
Application Steps:


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Other Things to Note:

The program is funded by the Province of British Columbia and the Government of Canada and is administered by BC Hydro.

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