To best manage the funding available to support the strongest initiatives, we have adopted a competitive funding approval process for capital projects in the energy, transportation, waste and water sectors.
Energy-efficient municipal facilities
We fund both retrofits and new construction projects aimed at energy efficiency.
In most cases, only projects involving municipally owned buildings will qualify for funding. It is possible, however, that a non-municipally owned building that meets the eligibility criteria for energy capital projects could be eligible for funding if the primary use of the building is for municipal purposes.
In this case, you would need to demonstrate that:
- the project is a municipal environmental project. A municipal environmental project is a project that responds to a municipal need and contributes to cleaner air, water, or soil, or reduces GHGs.
- a partnership between your organization and a municipal government exists and that the municipal government has a genuine interest and active involvement in the project.
While we encourage municipalities to consider LEED® certification as they undertake building projects, this is not required for funding purposes.
Your project must demonstrate the potential to reduce energy consumption by at least 30% compared to current performance. A minimum of 20% of these energy savings must come from energy efficiency measures and the remainder may come from renewable energy production (e.g. production of wind and solar energy).
Example: retrofits of municipal facilities (e.g. outdated HVAC systems, poor insulation) with or without the opportunity to generate renewable energy
Your project must demonstrate an anticipated reduction in design energy consumption of at least 45% compared to the National Energy Code for Buildings (NECB) 2011. A minimum of 30% of these energy savings must come from energy efficiency measures and the remainder may come from renewable energy production.
If you are using the Model National Energy Code for Buildings (MNECB) 1997 as a reference, your project must demonstrate an anticipated reduction in design energy consumption of at least 60%, of which a minimum of 40% must come from energy efficiency measures and the remainder may come from renewable energy production.
Example: a new energy-efficient municipal building with or without on-site renewable energy generation (process loads may be excluded)
Energy recovery or district energy
Your project must demonstrate the potential to capture and use residual energy or create new capacity to transmit and use thermal energy, and reduce energy consumption by at least 20% for one or more existing municipal facilities within one year of implementation compared to baseline data.
- district energy systems
- digester gas utilization
- process heat capture
landfill gas capture for energy production
Net zero municipal systems
Your project must demonstrate the potential to result in a system that does not generate any GHG emissions during operation (a net zero system).
- solar street, parking or ball field lighting
- solar waste compactors
- solar parking meters
- wind or biogas powered park lighting
Stand-alone renewable energy production projects are not eligible for funding, unless they are implemented on brownfield sites, with or without remediation, and are approved by the provincial or territorial regulator. If this is the case, your initiative is considered a brownfields capital project.
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