The Province of B.C. offers free energy coaching services to support Indigenous communities wanting to take advantage of the CleanBC Indigenous Community Heat Pump Incentive and related energy efficiency offers.
What is the CleanBC Indigenous Community Heat Pump Incentive?
- Funding for heat pump installation projects in residential and community buildings, including;
- For fuel-switching projects (e.g., switching from oil, natural gas, or propane to electric heat pumps) in communities served by renewable electricity (either grid or remote);
- For efficiency projects (e.g., baseboard or electric furnace to electric heat pump) projects in remote communities served by diesel-generated electricity; and
- For woodstove primary heated homes switching to electric heat pumps in communities served by renewable electricity (either grid or remote).
- Covers capital and installation costs;
- Covers some associated expenses including electrical updates, oil tank removal, and feasibility studies for community buildings. For a full list of eligible expenses please review the Program Guide; and
- Can be used to top-up other grant or incentive funding to cover up to 100% of eligible heat pump system costs.
|Residential (e.g., on-reserve housing)||Community Buildings (e.g., administration office)|
|In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the total maximum incentive available for each Indigenous Community program application is doubled to $400,000 for installations completed by June 2021 to support the restart of B.C.’s economy and help Indigenous communities save energy.|
- Community Type:
- For fuel-switching and woodstove to heat pump projects, must be an Indigenous Community whose homes and/or community buildings are primarily heated by propane, diesel, natural gas, oil, wood or other solid fuels.
- For efficiency projects (e.g., baseboard or electric furnace to heat pump), must be an Indigenous Community primarily served by diesel generated electricity.
- Community Support: must show proof of community support of the project (e.g., Band Council Resolution, Tribal Council Resolution, or Directors’ Resolution approving the project).
- Connected to Clean Electricity: Must have utility service with BC Hydro or FortisBC Electric or with a local municipal utility within the service territories of BC Hydro or FortisBC Electric. Remote communities powered by renewable energy generation are also eligible.
- Remote communities powered by diesel generation are eligible for efficiency projects (e.g., baseboard or electric furnace to heat pump conversions), subject to an assessment of their energy system.
- For questions regarding your project’s eligibility, please contact the Indigenous Community Energy Coach at ICEC@betterhomesbc.ca to discuss eligibility.
- Residential Heat Pump Incentives – Housing Type: Homes eligible for the residential heat pump incentives must be one of the following types of buildings:
- Single family detached dwelling;
- Mobile home on a permanent foundation; or
- Side-by-side duplex, stacked duplex, side-by-side row home or townhouse (provided that each unit has its own natural gas and/or electricity meter).
- Community Building Heat Pump Incentives: Interested Indigenous communities should contact the Indigenous Community Energy Coach program at ICEC@betterhomesbc.ca to confirm eligibility.
- Heat Pump Type:
- All residential heat pumps installed must be eligible for the CleanBC Better Homes and Home Renovation Rebate Programs and meet the following eligibility criteria (see Program Guide for more details):
- SEER > 16.00, HSPF > 9.30, Variable Speed Compressor
- Must be listed on the Qualifying Product List for Air Source Heat Pumps or the Qualifying Product List for Air-to-Water Heat Pumps and have a valid AHRI Reference Number.
- For Community Building Heat Pump systems, please contact the Indigenous Community Energy Coach program at ICEC@betterhomesbc.ca to confirm project and system eligibility.
- Eligible heat pump upgrade expenses can include expenses up to the maximum amount for the following items:
- Heat pump capital costs;
- Heat pump installation costs;
- Up to one year of heat pump maintenance costs;
- Oil tank removal costs;
- Gas system decommissioning costs;
- Electrical upgrade costs (electrical panel upgrades and associated wiring) required as part of heat pump installation;
- Ducting modification and/or cleaning costs required as part of heat pump installation;
- Additional air filtration systems added to heat pump systems; and
- Associated feasibility, energy study, or mechanical design costs for community buildings.
- Heat Pump Installation: All heat pumps are recommended to be installed by a BC Hydro approved Program Registered Heat Pump Contractor. In cases where this is not feasible, or where the Community has identified a contractor that they would like to work with, the Coach can help to ensure the contractor and installation will be carried out to the standards required by the Program. The Coach can also help identify potential contractors, or you can search for one using the contractor search tool.
Program Steps and Application Steps
- Project Scoping – Community identifies proposed project (Coach can assist). In-person meeting with Coach to learn about the Program and potential incentive eligibility. Carefully read the Program Guide and Terms and Conditions to confirm your eligibility.
- Registration – Indigenous Community registers with the Program (Coach can assist). Indigenous Community identifies Heat Pump contractor and receives quote (Coach can assist).
- Installation – Contractor provides heat pump details to Indigenous Community and Coach to confirm system eligibility. Contractor completes installation in participant community.
- Payment – Incentive application submitted to BC Hydro (Coach can assist). Payment issued to participant community. Exit survey, quality assurance, measurement & verification.
- The Indigenous Community Heat Pump Incentive is available through March 31, 2022 or until funding is exhausted. Contact the Indigenous Community Energy Coach Program about participating.
- 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.