The Heat Pump Group Purchase Rebate (GPR) is an additional rebate offer that rewards groups of homeowners working together to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by switching from an oil, natural gas, or propane heating system to an air source heat pump. Participants are encouraged to spread the word about their heat pump purchase group, as the larger each group becomes, the larger the rebate will be. The Group Purchase Rebate ranges from $200 per home, for a group of 2 homes up to a maximum of $500 for a group of 20 to 30 homes. The Group Purchase Rebate is additional to the individual air-source heat pump rebate of up to $3,000 available from CleanBC and any local government top-ups that may be available.
To register for the Group Purchase Rebate Program, visit www.betterhomesbc.ca/gpr-register.
The size of the rebate a participant can access depends on the size of the group using the same GPR Code.
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- The CleanBC Better Homes and Home Renovation Rebate Program is offering $3,000 heat pump rebates for fuel switching from fossil fuel to a heat pump in addition to the Group Purchase Rebate.
- Select municipalities have Municipal Offers of up to an additional $2,000 that can be accessed only when converting from fossil fuel heating (natural gas, oil, or propane) to an electric air-source heat pump.
- The invoice date for the installed heat pump must be on or after January 29, 2020.
- A home must be registered with a GPR Code to access the Group Purchase Rebate. To register, visit www.betterhomesbc.ca/gpr-register.
- Groups are defined by GPR Code; you can join a group by one of two ways:
- 1) Start a group – register to start a new group and receive a GPR Code; or
- 2) Join an existing group – receive a GPR Code from another participant and registered with the Rebate using the GPR Code to join an existing group.
- A participant can register for a maximum of one active GPR Code per home at a time. A home’s current GPR Code must be expired before a new GPR Code can be registered or requested.
- There is a limit of one GPR Code used per home for assessing rebates.
- There is a maximum group size of 30 homes.
- Your upgrades must be installed by a licensed contractor with a valid B.C. business license for the trade applicable to the installation work.
- You must have a residential utility account with FortisBC, BC Hydro, or a municipal utility.
- Each member of a Group must be from the same electricity service area (i.e., have electricity supplied by either BC Hydro or FortisBC Inc.). Groups cannot have members from both electricity service areas.
- Your home must be primarily heated with:
- Natural Gas or piped-propane supplied by FortisBC; or
- Natural Gas supplied by Pacific Northern Gas; or
- Oil or propane not supplied FortisBC.
- You must be converting from a fossil fueled (oil, natural gas, or propane) primary space heating system to an electric air-source heat pump system to be eligible to receive this rebate.
- Homes primarily heated by electricity, wood, or other solid fuels are not eligible.
- You must live in an eligible home.
- The home must have a minimum of 12 months of consecutive utility billing history.
- Heat pumps must be listed on the Qualifying Product List for Air-to-Air Heat Pumps or the Qualifying Product List for Air-to-Water Heat Pumps and have a valid AHRI Reference Number.
- Installed heat pumps must meet program minimum efficiency requirements:
- Tier 1 Central Heat Pump: SEER > 15.00 and HSPF > 8.50
- Tier 2 Central Heat Pump: SEER > 15.00 and HSPF > 8.50 and variable speed compressor
- Mini-Split Heat Pump: SEER > 16.00 and HSPF > 9.30 and variable speed compressor
- Multi-Split Heat Pump: SEER > 16.00 and HSPF > 9.30 and variable speed compressor
- Combination Space and Water Heating Heat Pump: must be on the Qualifying Product List for Air-to-Water Heat Pumps
- Air-to-Water Hydronic Heat Pump: must be on the Qualifying Product List for Air-to-Water Heat Pumps
How to Apply
- Carefully read the Terms and Conditions of the Group Purchase Rebate to confirm your eligibility.
- Have your new heat pump installed by a licensed contractor.
- Once your upgrades are installed, complete the online application making sure to include your GPR Code, and upload all supporting documentation including copies of all receipts and invoices. See sample invoices.
- Applications without a Registered GPR Code will not be assessed for the Group Purchase Rebate.
- The application form for heat pumps must be submitted within 6 months of the invoice date of the upgrade.
- The GPR Code expires 90 days after date of issue and must be submitted along with the heat pump rebate application.
- Rebates are issued based on the date of the invoice.
- Limited amounts of GPR Codes will be available. GPR Codes are assessed on a first-come, first-served basis.
- GPR Codes include an expiry date for participant’s reference.
- Rejected heat pump rebate applications will not be counted towards the Group’s size when determining the Group Purchase Rebate value.
- If your heat pump rebate application is rejected, a Group Purchase Rebate will not be issued to you.
- You will receive two rebate payments – one for the heat pump rebate and a separate payment for the Group Purchase Rebate.
- Low-Interest Financing for heat pumps is also available as an alternative to heat pump rebates.
- What do the CleanBC Better Homes and Home Renovation Rebate Programs define as my Primary Heating System?
- Check out our rebate search tool for other energy efficiency upgrades rebates.
- Did you see a building science or energy efficiency term you did not understand? Check out our glossary.
- This rebate is funded, in part, by the Province of British Columbia and the Government of Canada.