CleanBC Income Qualified Program Rebates for Electrical Service Upgrades

The CleanBC Better Homes Income Qualified Program is offering a rebate for upgrading your home’s electrical service when converting from a fossil fuel (oil, propane or natural gas) primary space or water heating system to a space heating heat pump or hot water heat pump.

CleanBC Income Qualified Program Rebates for Electrical Service Upgrades

Overview

Rebate amount

Up to $3,500

Who can apply

B.C. citizens who live in an eligible home, meet income qualification requirements, and have residential utility accounts with BC Hydro, FortisBC, or municipal utility

Deadline

The application and supporting documentation must be submitted by the Income Qualified Program Registered Contractor within six (6) months of the invoice date.

Qualifying products

Must upgrade your electric service to 100, 200, or 400 amp service (from your electric utility provider) and must work with an Income Qualified Program Registered Contractor. Ask an Income Qualified Program Energy Coach for assistance in finding a contractor. Must accompany an upgrade from a fossil fuel (oil, propane or natural gas) primary space or water heating system to a space heating heat pump or hot water heat pump.

 

Funding provided by

The Province of British Columbia

For assistance with this program, contact an Income Qualified Program Energy Coach by email at IncomeQualified@betterhomesbc.ca or by phone at 1-833-856-0333.

Rebate amount

Electrical service upgrades

Maximum of one electrical service upgrade rebate per home.

Rebate maximum

Rebate

Income Level 1

95% of eligible upgrade costs, up to a maximum of $3,500 per home

Up to $3,500

Income Level 2

60% of eligible upgrade costs, up to a maximum of $3,500 per home

Up to $3,500

Related rebates

Check out other available rebates for the Income Qualified Program at BetterHomesBC.ca/Income-Qualified

Eligibility requirements

In order to qualify for this rebate, all of the following requirements must be met. Please read them carefully. Contact an Energy Coach if you have questions.

Income qualification requirements

Rebate coverage is based on the combined income of all adults in your home and how many people live in your home, including adults and children.

  • Combined incomes less than Income Level 1 are eligible for up to 95% of upgrade costs.
  • Combined incomes less than Income Level 2 are eligible for up to 60% of upgrade costs.
Number of people living in your home

(including adults and children)

Combined pre-tax annual income of all adults in your home (excluding dependants):

Income Level 1

Income Level 2

1

$42,593 $55,903

2

$53,026

$69,596

3 $65,189

$85,560

4 $79,147

$103,880

5 $89,768

$117,820

6 $101,242

$132,880

7 or more $112,718

$147,943

Requirements for the home

You must live in an eligible home:

  • The home must be a year-round primary residence that is at least 12 months old.
  • You must have a residential utility account with FortisBC, BC Hydro, or a municipal utility.
  • The home must be one of the following types:
    • Single family home (detached dwelling)
    • Secondary suite in a single-family home (detached dwelling), with its own separate utility meter
    • Mobile home that is permanently fixed, sits on a foundation and is structurally complete with installed and connected plumbing, heating, electrical, water and sewer services; towing apparatus and axle must be removed
    • Duplex, triplex, row home or townhome, where each unit has its own natural gas and/or electricity meter; utility accounts must be in the name of the resident and/or homeowner.  Utility accounts in the name of a strata corporation are not eligible.
  • If you currently rent your home, you will need a landlord consent form to accompany your application.
  • Pay your own energy utility bills. Utility accounts must be in the name of the resident and/or homeowner; utility accounts in the name of a strata corporation or landlord are not eligible.
  • The home must be primarily heated by natural gas, propane or oil.
  • Homes in Non-Integrated Areas of the electricity grid must contact IncomeQualified@betterhomesbc.ca for pre-approval prior to installation.

Requirements for your contractor

The new electrical service must be installed:

  • By an Income Qualified Program Registered Contractor who is approved to install home upgrades for the CleanBC Income Qualified Program, for the trade applicable to the upgrade being installed (e.g. Heat pumps must be installed by a licensed residential heating and cooling contractor).
  • Within six months of the heat pump or heat pump water heater installation invoice date.

Requirements for the upgrade

  • You must pre-register and receive an eligibility code before completing the upgrade.
  • The new electric service must:
    • Be increasing to 100, 200 or 400-amp service (from your electric utility provider).
  • Eligible expenses include:
    • utility connection fees
    • electrical panel upgrade
    • service mast alterations or replacement
    • conduit replacement, meter base alterations or replacements
    • weather head alteration or replacement
View sample invoices

See below for sample invoices

Deadlines

The application and supporting documentation must be submitted by the Income Qualified Program Registered Contractor within six (6) months of the invoice date.

How to apply

Before you begin

  1. Confirm eligibility by reviewing the Rebate Eligibility RequirementsParticipant Terms and Conditions, and Contractor Terms and Conditions.
  2. Complete the program’s pre-screen and pre-registration to determine your eligibility through the CleanBC Income Qualified Program participant portal. Once confirmed you will receive an eligibility code and opportunities report, outlining your suggested upgrades. You can also make an appointment with an income qualified program coach or schedule a virtual assessment for pre-registration assistance or support to identify the best upgrades for your home.
  3. Customer must choose an Income Qualified Program Registered Contractor to complete the upgrade.
  4. After completing the upgrade, contractor will submit the rebate application and deduct the rebate from the final cost of the upgrade.

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Who to contact

Questions about the rebate?

Contact an Energy Coach to get clarification or help with understanding this rebate.

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