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Reducing Energy CostsBy: Tiffany Richmond

Recently the Alberta government announced the launch of its new commercial retrofit lighting incentive program. This program – Light it Right – is an incentive program aimed at getting rid of old wasteful and expensive lighting and replacing it with a more efficient system.

Businesses that are eligible for the provincial rebate can receive between $37,500 and $375,000, depending on the building type, and when the energy efficient lighting is installed.

The following building types are eligible:

  • Restaurants;
  • Retail;
  • Multi-unit Residential;
  • Office/Hotels; and
  • Warehouse/Recreational Facilities.

The commercial lighting incentive program aims to reduce 191,000 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions, the equivalent of taking approximately 40,000 cars off the road by 2020. The initiative takes effect immediately, and will continue until December 31, 2011, or until funding runs out.

The rebate program will be administered by Climate Change Central, a non-profit organization empowering Albertans to take action on climate change.

How does the program work?

First you have to book an assessment, which costs $250 per assessment. However the province will refund 50% of that cost when your rebate claim is approved.

Secondly an assessor (prequalified by Climate Change Central) will come out to your facility and take inventory of your lighting. After which you have two months to reserve funds from the program by informing Light it Right of the changes you plan to make. You then have six months (from the time you reserve your funds) to complete the retrofit and submit the rebate claim. Sourcing lighting experts and installing new lighting systems (and costs associated to it) are the responsibility of your company.

Lastly Light it Right will verify your work and if everything lines up you will receive your rebate cheque.


Tiffany Richmond is an enthusiastic marketing professional and is responsible for online marketing strategies at Energy Advantage Inc.

2 Responses to “Alberta Launches New Lighting Incentive Program”

  1. donna gorham

    We are a Village that is currently looking into retro fitting our arena with energy efficiant lighting as well as low e ceiling in order to reduce energy use. Therefore we are looking into rebates and grants that would enable us to do so in a more cost efficiant mannor. Any advice you can give to me, would be most appreciated. Thank you for your time in this matter.

  2. Jordan

    Hi Donna,

    Unfortunately there are currently no incentives or grants available in Alberta for installing energy efficient lighting. However, I would not let this discourage you from implementing an energy efficient lighting solution. High efficiency lighting improvements can help to reduce electricity use for lights and reduce the amount of heat input from lights. By implementing more efficient lighting, such as T5/T8 Fluorescent or LED lights, some of the benefits you can expect to receive will be:

    • Reduced annual utility usage;
    • Improved building efficiency;
    • Reduced Carbon Footprint;
    • Reduce Maintenance Costs; and
    • A more sustainable environment.

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