What kinds of businesses can receive incentives for audits?
An energy audit is a great first step for your customers to discover how they're using their energy, so they can make the right investments in equipment upgrades. You can deliver value by letting your customers know how to get funding for these audits.
1. Find a qualified energy auditor
Your customer should contact their local hydro company to discuss options for an energy audit. The energy auditor your customer finds to perform the assessment must be at least one of the following:
2. Complete the energy audit application
Your customer must complete the energy audit application and participant agreement (available from their local hydro company) and ensure the minimum requirements are captured during the energy audit. Your customer must get pre-approval from the local hydro company before starting the audit.
3. Proceed with the audit
4. Submit the post-energy audit documents
Your customer must complete and provide the post-energy audit submission to their local hydro company; this includes the energy audit report, and the energy auditor invoice. The hydro company will verify the savings and results and issue a cheque based on the audit type and costs.
Incentives can cover up to 50 per cent of the assessment cost, as follows:
Step 1: Electricity Survey and Analysis for eligible building owners
As a first step, this financial analysis, or life cycle analysis, provides your customer with the data they need to fully consider the financial benefits of installing a variety of energy-efficient measures.
Incentives of up to $25,000 are available, depending on building size.
Buildings up to 30,000 ft2
$0.10 / ft2 up to a maximum of 50 per cent
Buildings larger than 30,000 ft2
$3,000 for 30,000 ft2 and $0.05 / ft2 up to $25,000 or 50 per cent of audit costs after that
Step 2: Detailed analysis of Capital Intensive Modifications for eligible building owners
After the Electricity Survey and Analysis has been completed, the next step is to focus on potential capital-intensive projects identified during the assessment. Detailed field data is combined with a more rigorous engineering analysis to provide detailed project costs and savings calculations (sufficient for major capital investment decisions).
Buildings larger than 50,000 ft2
$0.05 / ft2 up to $10,000 or 50 per cent of audit costs
A Building Systems Audit is a detailed analysis of non-capital-intensive modifications (for example, balancing and optimizing auxiliary fans, pumps, compressed air systems, building automation systems, domestic water and all associated distribution systems), conducted in accordance with the requirements set out in the Energy Audit Report Minimum Requirements. This does not include lighting modifications. Incentives are provided at 50 per cent of the audit cost minus any third-party contributions capped at $5,000.
The Electricity Survey and Analysis provides up to $7,500 in incentives. Here, the incentive pays for audits related to lighting, office equipment and plug loads. The incentive is $0.03 per square foot, up to a maximum of 50 per cent of the electricity survey and analysis for an eligible tenant's costs, or up to $7,500 (whichever is less).
See a step-by-step example for an electricity survey and analysis audit.
First, assume the following example of an electricity survey and analysis audit for lessee customers:
|Building||Audit costs||Third-party contributions||Travel expenses (auditor)|
Then follow this step-by-step process:
||Building G||Building H||Building I|
Measure the square footage
Find the estimated incremental incentive, based on square footage
|10,000 x $0.03 = $300||30,000 x $0.03 = $900||50,000 x $0.03 = $1,500|
Multiply the estimated audit cost by 50 per cent
|$1,000 x 0.5 = $500||$5,000 x 0.5 = $2,500||$5,000 x 0.5 = $2,500
Subtract any third-party contributions
|$500 - $100 = $400||$2,500 - $500 = $2,000
||$5,000 - $1,000 = $4,000|
Take the lesser of Step 4 or $7,500
To calculate the estimated incentive amount, take the lesser of Step 2 or Step 5
Add eligible travel expenses (50 per cent of energy auditor travel costs, up to $1,000)
|$250/2 = $125||$1,00/2 = $500||$2,000/2 = $1,000|
Total electricity survey and analysis (add Step 6 and Step 7, excluding applicable taxes)
|$300 + $125 = $425
||$900 + $550 = $1,450||$1,500 + $1,000 = $2,500|
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