EXPANDED TECHNOLOGIES PILOT

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Albertans are innovative. While the ESB Program offers over 60 technologies (ESB’s Eligible Measure List), the efficiency world is always evolving and improving new ideas and products. We know these may not be covered in the current program and want to give applicants the ability to propose cost-effective measures to be included.

By submitting an Expression of Interest to the Expanded Technologies Pilot, you can demonstrate the value of your technology to us. We are eager to learn about what these technology systems can offer, how they can achieve emissions reductions and cost-effectiveness, and how they can be applied to other facilities.

Project limit: $250,000
Parent company limit: $1,000,000

STEPS TO APPLY:

1. Get prepared

2. Register on ERIMS

  • Proposals will be submitted through ERA’s ERIMS Platform. Click on “Register” in the top right-hand corner and fill out your name, email address, and verification code. Review the Online Submission Help Guide for more information.

3. Submit your Expression of Interest (EOI)

4. EOI review

  • A team of internal and third-party experts will review the EOI for eligibility and evaluate according to the criteria stated in the Guidelines on a pass or fail basis.

5. Preliminary determination

  • You will receive an email indicating the status of your proposal. If approved, you will receive a request to provide a Full Project Proposal.

6. Submit your Full Project Proposal (FPP)

  • Proposals will be submitted through ERA’s ERIMS Platform. Our Application Assist team is here to walk you through it if you need help or have any questions.

7. Decision

  • Once the Proposal has been evaluated, you will receive either a notice with a Contribution Agreement or decision letter explaining why the project was not selected for funding.

8. Construction and post-project application

  • Following your fully executed Contribution Agreement and approval notice, you will have up to 12-months to complete and submit your post-project application.

9. Payment and project verification

  • Post-project documentation will be submitted and approved by ERA. All projects will also require either a virtual or in-person site visit as part of the review and verification process. The site visit process is also described in Guidelines. Once verified, payment will be initiated and completed.

 

FAQs

1. What is the Expanded Technologies Pilot?

Expanded Technologies Pilot is a stream within the ESB Program that allows participants to propose cost-effective measures for your projects and buildings, that may not be included in the Energy Savings for Business Program for incentives.

2. How long do I have to complete my project?

All final project documentation must be submitted by March 31, 2023. Depending on the length of the project, you will have to determine how long you will need to construct and submit this application. For example, if you require a year to construct your project, you need to have your project approval in hand by March 31, 2022.

3. How long is the pilot open?

As a Pilot, the Expanded Technologies Pilot may close at any time. Anyone with an active EOI or FPP will be given notice to have time to submit their Proposals prior to closure. Depending on how quickly the funding is distributed, we may close the pilot earlier.

4. How do I apply?

You will download and complete all the necessary forms, uploading them into the ERIMS platform. For further guidance please review Section 6 of the Guidelines. If you would like assistance or have any questions, our Application Assist team is here to help walk you through all the components of applying. Contact us at ETP@esbprogram.ca.

 

5. What information will I need to apply?

Please refer to the Proposal Forms and Guidelines for the full requirements. We will make a determination based on eligibility, technical feasibility, project and measure costs, market potential, requested funding and GHG reductions.

6. What types of technologies will you support?

The ESB Expanded Technologies Pilot aims to support and evaluate technologies not available in the ESB program (ESB Measures List) and have the potential to offer cost-effective savings to Alberta’s businesses. ETP projects should be composed of Technology System(s) that can be supported in ESB or a similar initiative and are comprised of either a one-to-one system replacement or an isolated Technology System(s) upgrade. The Technology System(s) should be simple enough such that GHG emissions reductions can be consistently and accurately predicted using a model or system of equations with a limited number of input variables.

7. How is this process different from the ESB Program?

The application review and approval process will be different than ESB. The two-stage approval process will start with an initial Expression of Interest, to provide a description of the project, technical specifications, high-level GHG reductions and budgets and market potential. Once the Expression of Interest has been reviewed and is approved, a Full Project Proposal will be requested that will include additional and more detailed information regarding the project. Once evaluated and approved and a funding decision will be provided.

Funding will not be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. Projects will be reviewed and evaluated as they are submitted and funding will only be issued to successful applicants.

8. How are you selecting the projects for funding, if this is not first-come, first served?

Full Project Proposals will be evaluated by a committee of 3-4 experts according to the criteria established in Section 7 of the Guidelines. Project approval is also subject to funding availability.

9. Will the approved technologies automatically be added to the Energy Savings for Business Eligible Measure List?

We are testing technologies for future initiatives and some technologies may be considered for ESB depending on the timeframe of the project completion, technology suitability, and ERA evaluation to build out the new measure. The earlier the Project is completed, the better the likelihood of being added to the Eligible Measure List prior to ESB Program closure to facilitate more businesses accessing new measures.

 

WHERE TO GO FOR QUESTIONS OR SUPPORT

Still can’t find what you’re looking for? Our dedicated contact centre is open Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Our team will work hard to get back to you within two business days. We’re happy to help you with any questions about the program or how to apply. Please let our team know that you are applying for the Expanded Technologies Pilot and as for the Application Assist team for help.

Email: ETP@esbprogram.ca | Toll-free: 844-407-0025

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