Below is a comprehensive list of green/energy efficiency incentives and programs offered by the Ontario Power Authority and administered by the local utility companies, government, and other delivery agencies. If you are considering a new build, retrofit or improvements to your facility, there may be incentives available.
LEED Grant Program – City of Hamilton’s Leeding the Way CIP
The intent of the LEED Grant program is to provide an economic catalyst for sustainable building and sustainable land development practices located within the LEEDING the Way Community Improvement Project Area.
The purpose of the grant program is for the City to share the incremental construction cost, consultation, energy modeling and certification fees with the applicant to achieve LEED certification. Grants are calculated on the basis of the rating of official certification under the LEED rating system by the Canadian Green Building Council (CaGBC).
The program authorizes for each approved grant application a five year grant, the amount of which is subject to Council approval, in an amount not exceeding the increase in municipal realty taxes as a direct result of the development/redevelopment of land and/or building. The grant which may be approved by Council shall be an amount which does not exceed 75% of the municipal realty tax increase during the term of the grant. For purposes of determining the eligible amount of the increase in municipal realty taxes, special charges shall be excluded from the calculation. The grant would reduce the effect of an increase in municipal (City portion only) realty taxes attributable to the differential between the pre-development assessment and the post-development assessment. The approved grant is assignable. The grant program may be applied for with other incentive programs that the City of Hamilton offers except for other Tax Incremental Financing programs.
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Small Business Lighting
Under this program, qualifying businesses can get up to $1,000 worth in energy-efficient lighting and equipment upgrades. Plus get access to further incentives. You’ll get easy and effortless energy-efficient upgrades that will go a long way toward reducing your electricity consumption and managing your monthly electricity costs.
Demand Response Incentives
Compensate participating industrial and commercial businesses for reducing their energy demand at specific times of power system needs:
- Voluntary Demand Response 1 (DR1) – Businesses provide optional demand reduction capability.
- Contractual Demand Response 3 (DR3) – Businesses commit to reduce system peak demand.
Existing Building Commissioning
Owners of qualifying buildings can receive incentives at each stage of recommissioning projects to optimize the operational efficiency of their chilled water plants, including:
- Developing a plan for commissioning activities
- Procuring devices and/or software associated with commissioning activities
For more information on this program call 1-877-797-9473 or e-mail LDC.email@example.com
Qualifying businesses can improve the energy efficiency of their equipment and production processes through capital incentive and enabling initiatives that include:
- An incentive of up to the lowest of the following: 1) the production of $200/MWh multiplied by the annualized electricity savings, 2) 70% of estimated project costs, or 3) a one-year payback
- Applications accepted for various size projects starting at 100MWh
- Advanced or deferred payment options
Process and Systems / Enabling Initiatives
Valuable compensation and technical expertise are provided to large electricity consumers that are seeking to upgrade key systems and make improved energy management part of their operation.
Resources are available that will provide qualifying industrial clients with:
- Incentives for up to $10,000 for a preliminary engineering study and $50,000 for a detailed engineering study
- Funding for an energy manager for one year, renewable for up to four years. The energy manager is expected to develop an annual energy plan for the business, issue regular reports, and enrol in training. The incentive provides for up to $100,000 or 80% of the annual salary, in addition to expenses of up to $10,000
- Funding of up to $75,000 per site is available for the implementation and support of monitoring and targeting systems that measure energy consumption for a process, benchmark that consumption, and monitor reductions
- A metering and instrumantation library that allows businesses to access metering equipment to more accurately characterize their energy use
- Training through the Accelerator Initaitive for energy managers, as well as students and junior staff
For more information on SaveOnEnergy Programs, visit:
Commercial Conservation and Demand Management
Horizon Utilities Corporation
Phone: 905-522-6611 ext. 2907
Ontario Power Authority (OPA) – Industrial Electricity Incentive Program
The intent of the IEI program is to assist in the management of electricity demand by encouraging increased industrial production. This is to be achieved through electricity-based price adjustments for eligible electricity consumption.
The IEI program will be divided into two streams:
- Stream 1: intended for industrial consumers willing to operate an Industrial Facility and undertake a large capital investment in technologies, products or processes that are not currently being used or produced in Ontario.
- Stream 2: intended for existing industrial consumers in Ontario that will increase load at their existing, or build a new, Industrial Facility.