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Our team of seasoned experts are trained to spot the best grant opportunities for your project. Not only that, Kolostat can help you optimize your initial designs to ensure you qualify for the most government grants possible. This also allows you to ensure that you are following best practice procedures when it comes to sustainable development.
List of possible energy optimization grants
At first glance, undertaking an energy efficiency project may seem costly. However, did you know that there are many subsidies available to help you reduce project costs and your energy impact on the environment? Kolostat helps its customers apply for the various energy optimization grants to obtain maximum financing to offset the costs of their efficiency measures. There may be multiple energy optimization grants available for the project being considered, thereby decreasing implementation costs without compromising energy savings.
If our clients are not sure of the viability of a project financed by a grant, we can facilitate a study subsidized by a grant for the study.
In some cases gaining operating cost reductions can be achieved by a recommissioning RCX project alone, financing is also available for such a project.
The ÉcoPerformance program is for consumers of fossil fuels working in the business community with a site operating on Quebec soil. It is intended to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from combustion of fossil fuels or fugitive releases. To achieve this eco-performance objective, the program finances energy consumption and production measures and projects, as well as process improvement.
The ÉcoPerformance program subsidies are granted by Transition Énergétique Québec (TEQ). The program was launched for the first time in 2014 and is aligned with Quebec 2030 energy policy. ÉcoPerformance is funded through the Green Fund estimated at $1.3 billion.
The Analysis component subsidizes the equivalent of 50% of the costs of an energy analysis, up to a maximum amount of $100,000 per site for small/medium energy consumers and to a maximum of $300,000 per site for large energy consumers.
This component of the ÉcoPerformance program provides financial assistance for measures helping to reduce greenhouse gaz. The grant is calculated as the lowest amount of the three following components:
- The amount required to bring the total amount of energy optimization grants received from all sources combined to 75% of the eligible project cost;
- The fixed amount to reduce the Eco-performance project payback period to a minimum of 5 years for institutional sector, 3 years for commercial sector, 2 years for industrial small/medium energy consumers and 1 year for industrial large consumers;
- $125/tonne of CO2eq saved per measure dedicated to small and medium consumers. This amount decreases to $40/tonne for large consumers and $ 50 / tonne for large consumers having ISO 50 0001 certification.
In short, financial assistance allocated in implementation component range up to $125/tonne of CO2eq saved and can attain 75% of project eligible cost.
Energir, formerly Gaz Métro, is the largest natural gas distributor in the province of Quebec. It is also known for its expertise in renewable energies and energy efficiency, and provides energy optimization grants to purchase equipment or to implement measures reducing natural gas consumption.
IMPLEMENTING ENERGY SAVING MEASURES
When applying energy efficiency measures to generate reduced natural gas consumption, it is possible to obtain an energy optimization grant of $0.30/m3 of natural gas saved in the first year following their implementation. The grant can go up to $100,000 for small/medium consumers and up to $175,000 for large consumers.
FEASIBILITY STUDY COMPONENT
Energir offers an energy optimization grant of 50% of the costs related to a feasibility study, up to a maximum amount of $25,000 per account number for clients on rates D1 and D3 and up to a maximum amount of $ 50,000 per account number for clients on rates D4 and D5.
INTELLIGENT HOOD GRANT
Receive a fixed amount of $3,350 in addition to the variable amount of $0.45 per CFM (cubic feet per minute) of the exhaust system when you install an intelligent hood control system.
EfficIent product program
Under this program, Energir pays a subsidy on the purchase of some efficient products (boilers, water heater, unit heater, radiant heating and intelligent hood controls)
EFFICIENT BOILER GRANT
Energir provides an energy optimization grant ranging between $900 and $25,000 for the purchase of a highly efficient condensing boiler that recovers energy produced by latent heat, depending upon the model chosen and its capacity. In the case of an intermediate energy-efficiency boiler, the energy optimization grant is between $750 and $10,000, based on the same two criteria. This initiative fits in with the company’s energy efficiency program.
Take advantage of a grant of up to $500 per infrared unit offered by Énergir to encourage the installation of high-efficiency appliances.
CONDENSING UNIT HEATERS
A grant of $1,700 per condensing unit heater offered by Énergir to encourage the installation of high-efficiency appliances
Efficient water-heater grant
An energy optimization grant between $750 and $20,000 is available for the purchase of a natural gas condensing hot water heater. The amount is fixed according to the device’s capacity.
Building program for
institutional and commercial sectors
The Bâtiments d’Hydro-Québec program subsidizes measures taken to reduce a building or a group of buildings’ electrical consumption. This energy optimization grant applies to institutional and commercial markets, and does not take into account energy conversion measures, in particular the transition from electricity to natural gas.
Efficient Solutions Program – Simplified Option
Based on the old prescriptive program of Hydro-Quebec Building program, this program subsidizes a large portfolio of the most common energy efficiency measures. The grant is calculated by using the OSE tool, a software developed by Hydro-Quebec to simplify the calculation of grants for a variety of energy efficiency measures that apply to different sectors including commercial, institutional and industrial.
Efficient Solutions Program – Customized Option
The eligible electricity savings of a Project are established over a period of one year and equivalent to the difference between the measured or calculated electricity consumption of two scenarios: A Baseline scenario and the proposed efficient scenario.
In case of existing buildings, the baseline scenario corresponds to the existing equipment in place before project implementation. In case of new buildings, the baseline scenario corresponds to standard equipment as approved by Hydro-Quebec.
The grant can go up to $ 3 million per project and is calculated as the minimum of three amounts:
- 15 cent per kWh saved;
- 75% of eligible cost of the energy savings measures (the premium related to energy efficiency) for existing buildings and 15% of total project cost for new buildings;
- The amount that bring the simple payback of the project to 1 year.
Sources of information: (in French only)
The Eco leader grant program was launched in November 2019 and is aimed to subsidize studies and implementation support of eco-responsible practices OR the implementation of clean technologies. It has a budget envelop of $18.5 million.
Until September 2022, Eco Leader offers a financial assistance to companies wishing to hire external experts recognized by Eco Leader to help them implement eco-responsible practices or prepare for the acquisition of clean technologies.
Application to Eco Leader fund can be done in two ways:
- A grant application by company/building: submitted by a company that wishes to carry out a project that meets its specific needs. Grant can go up to $ 30,000 per application
- A grant application for a group of companies/buildings (cohort of companies): this program is best suited for owners/managers of a portfolio of buildings. Grant can go up to $ 300,000 per application for the support in implementation of eco-responsible practices and up to $ 500,000 for the support in acquisition of clean technologies.
For more info: https://www.fondsecoleader.ca/
Natural Resources Canada offers several energy efficiency grants for commercial & institutional buildings as well as for industries. Here are the most relevant programs:
Commercial or institutional buildings:
Financial assistance for energy management projects to help implement ISO 50001 Energy Management Systems Standard
Financial assistance is available to help fund your commercial or institutional buildings energy management project. This financial assistance can be combined with other funding sources.
The ISO 50001 Energy Management Systems Standard is an internationally recognized voluntary standard that gives organizations a structured framework to manage energy.
Organizations that have implemented ISO 50001 have reduced energy costs and increased competitiveness while minimizing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and other environmental impacts
To help implement ISO 50001 in commercial and institutional buildings, Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) provides financial assistance a maximum of $40,000 per building.
The maximum contribution to an organization, group of affiliates, unicipal/provincial/territorial government or an indigenous community is $200,000 per fiscal year (April 1 to March 31).
An approved project may proceed over multiple years but the total level of NRCan funding will not exceed $200,000 per project.
Financial assistance for energy management projects
Financial assistance is available to help fund your industrial facility’s energy management project. Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) will provide financial assistance of up to 50% of eligible costs, to a maximum of $40,000. This financial assistance can be combined with other funding sources. When it is, NRCan may adjust its level of funding so that the combined level of financial assistance from all public sources does not exceed 75% of total eligible project costs.
The following types of projects may be eligible for assistance:
- ISO 50001 Energy Management Systems Standard projects
- Energy Management Information Systems (EMIS) projects
- Process Integration (PI) and Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) studies