Maurice
Posted: January 28, 2022

Amount:

No Fixed Amount

Type of Program:

Grant


Description:

In the Retrofit program applicants can receive incentives for a variety of energy efficient measures available under three streams: Lighting, HVAC, and Manufacturing and other equipment.

Comments on Funding:

To participate, the applicant's project must be pre-approved with a minimum incentive of $500. The following Participant Incentives are offered through the Retrofit Program:

  1. 1
    Prescriptive Incentives that will be calculated as the lesser of:
  • the Prescriptive Incentive calculated in accordance with the Prescriptive Worksheet(s);
  • 50% of the Eligible Costs for a Project with Prescriptive Measures, up to a maximum of 55% of the Estimated Eligible Costs in the Application approved by the IESO; and
  • $1,000,000.

The IESO may approve a Micro Project under the Fast Track Application Process in its sole discretion.

  1. 2
    Social Housing Adder that will be calculated as the positive difference, if any, of:
  • the Participant Incentive that would otherwise be payable for such Project had the applicant not been a Social Housing Provider, multiplied by two (2), up to a maximum of 50% of the Eligible Costs for such Project or a maximum of 55% of the Estimated Eligible Costs in the Application approved by the IESO; and
  • the Participant Incentive that would otherwise be payable for such Project had the applicant not been a Social Housing Provider.

When It Ends:

Ongoing

Deadline:

December 31, 2024

Eligibility:

Applicants must be:

  • owners or lessees* of
  • Commercial spaces or buildings, such as offices, retail and grocery stores, restaurants, hotels and warehouses,
  • industrial facilities in sectors such as food and beverage, automotive, plastics, steel, mining, paper and chemical industries,
  • Institutional buildings, including hospitals, universities, municipal halls and arenas,
  • multi-family buildings, such as apartments (including social housing) or condominiums,
  • Agricultural facilities, including dairy, swine or poultry farms, greenhouses and nurseries.
  • small, medium and large businesses in a range of industry sectors across Ontario.

Lessees must have the owner’s consent or authorization to participate. To participate, the applicant's project must be pre-approved with a minimum incentive of $500.

Examples of eligible projects include:

  • Lighting retrofits;
  • Lighting controls;
  • HVAC redesign;
  • Chiller replacement;
  • Variable-speed drive installations.

Applications Steps:

Applicants must:

1

Sign up for the Retrofit portal in order to apply. 

2

Receive a pre-approval for the project.

3

submit a Post-Project Submission within six (6) months of receipt of the Pre-Approval. 

Other Things to Note:

  1. 1
    These Participant Incentives and Advance Incentives will apply only to those Projects in respect of which a Participant Agreement has been entered into no later than December 31, 2024 through Pre-Approval of an Application and the Measures have a Project completion date no later than December 31, 2025.
  2. 2
    Participant eligibility from the Program Requirements document:
    A Participant must:
  • be a Non-Residential Customer or Recognized Farm Operation that has not previously entered into a binding commitment to acquire the Measures or services required to install the Measures, provided that the IESO may waive this requirement where (A) the circumstances in Section 3.3(b)(ii) apply, or (B) where the Participant can demonstrate to the IESO’s satisfaction, at the IESO’s sole discretion, that the Participant intended to apply to the Retrofit Program prior to entering into a binding commitment; and
  • be a Social Housing Provider in order to qualify for the Social Housing Adder or SHP Advance Incentive.

About the author 

Maurice

Maurice (Moe) Muise learned the ins-and-outs of government while an employee of the Government of Canada in Ottawa for 10 years. His current focus is helping small businesses in Ontario to identify and maximize government grants to grow their business.
Click here to learn more about Moe's background and how he can help your business.

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