Power Smart New Construction Program
The New Construction Program is designed for commercial, institutional and multi unit residential new developments or major building retrofits in BC Hydro's service territory, to help reduce the costs of building energy efficient buildings. There are three offerings under the program:
Whole Building Design
Buildings that can save 50,000 KWh of electricity per year, and are in the early stages of the design process, are eligible for capital incentives. BC Hydro is offering to fund up to 100 per cent of an approved energy modeling study cost, allowing you to zero in on the best electric energy conservation measures from the ground up. With the study findings at your side, you’ll have no trouble establishing the business case for a high-performance building design.
New commercial, institutional and multi-unit residential buildings that want to look at specific systems or are further in the process to participate in Whole Building Design and that can save 50,000 kWh of electricity per year can be eligible for our capital incentives. System Design offers simple energy study requirements and available energy study funding for approved systems.
Energy Efficient Lighting Design
Lighting can account for half of the total electricity use in commercial buildings. That’s a major expense. With great lighting design, buildings will cost less to operate and maintain, with a smaller environmental footprint.
BC Hydro offers up to $1,000 for the creation of an efficient lighting design that exceeds applicable building code by 10 per cent (ASHRAE/IESNA 90.1) and that can save at least 10,000 KWh/yr. The design energy savings and incentives are calculated using a “Lighting Calculator” that can be downloaded from the BC Hydro website.
Capital Incentives for Actual Energy Savings
Once a building owner/developer has taken part in the Whole Building Design, System Design or the Energy Efficient Lighting Design study, they may be eligible to receive incentives for the implementation of approved electric energy conservation measures.
Buildings participating in the Whole Building Design offer can take advantage of BC Hydro's Tiered Incentives, ranging from up to $30,000–$60,000 per 100,000 kWh saved. Higher incentives are available on projects that implement electricity conservation measures that reduce consumption from the baseline by a greater percentage. Buildings participating in System Design and Energy Efficient Lighting Design may be eligible for BC Hydro's fixed incentive rate of up to $30,000 per 100,000 kWh.
For more information, go to the BC Hydro New Construction Program website or call 1-866-522-4713.