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Posted: November 18, 2021

Homeowners still sought for pilot program

The Community Energy Association (CEA’s) pilot program in the Columbia Valley is focused on increasing heat pump retrofits and it is still looking for homeowners interested in taking part.

CEA has found 15 of  30 required homeowners interested in switching out their oil, propane or electric baseboard heating to a more efficient (and climate friendly) air source heat pump. Homeowners involved in the pilot will be supported every step of the way, from understanding the benefits of heat pumps and deciding if it’s right for their homes, to accessing an energy advisor and finding a qualified contractor. Support will be available to navigate the ever-expanding rebate offers available.

CEA is also looking for local HVAC and building professionals to participate in the pilot project. Contractors will learn from peers and experts on quality heat pump design and installation, gain access to heat pump training and wage subsidies, and stay ahead of changing retrofit and industry requirements.

“This is a great opportunity for Kootenay contractors to stay ahead of evolving customer needs, especially with growing rebates available for heat pumps. We’re seeing more homeowners interested in heat pump technology given the added benefits of air conditioning and air filtration they can provide.  The Province of BC also recently announced its plans to shift away from a fossil fuel economy to a cleaner, greener economy through low carbon technologies and electrification. We want to help more homeowners and local contractors to get ready for the shift,” said Megan Lohmann, Director of Climate Initiatives, Community Energy Association.

The Community Energy Association has worked with residents in the Columbia Valley on the East Kootenay Energy Diet and Accelerate Kootenays, and continues to work with local governments on a variety of initiatives through the Regional District of East Kootenay Community Energy Manager position.


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