Energy-efficiency pilot programs

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Are you an innovator? 

We’re looking for pilot participants to test leading-edge energy-efficiency technologies. If chosen to participate, you could receive financial incentives and the chance to be among the first to try a new technology that is not yet widely available in BC. Sign up to be notified about upcoming pilot opportunities.

Why we pilot new technologies

As a leading energy provider, we’re committed to helping all of our customers save energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, while supporting the province’s CleanBC Strategy. One way we do this is by offering customers rebates on high-efficiency heating systems and appliances. But before we can provide rebates on new technologies, our innovative technologies team conducts pilots to evaluate their energy-saving potential and customer acceptance. 

Current pilots

Want an idea of what kind of technologies we run pilot programs for? Here’s a list of our pilot programs already in progress:

On-demand recirculation controls

This pilot is verifying the energy savings, customer acceptance and installation of on-demand recirculation controls for central domestic hot water systems in 19 multi-family residential buildings in the Lower Mainland. Unlike systems that recirculate hot water throughout a building 24-7, demand controls operate the recirculation pump only in response to hot water demand. It is expected that reducing heating loads and pump operations will show natural gas and electricity savings. The pilot results will help determine the feasibility of offering a rebate program to our customers.

Results: Expected in spring 2019.

Gas absorption heat pumps

This pilot will measure domestic hot water savings of installing two Robur gas absorption heat pump units to cover 70 per cent of the domestic hot water load at up to six participating commercial buildings. The pilot will help verify the energy savings, customer acceptance and installation of the heat pumps, and the results will help determine the feasibility of offering a rebate program to our customers.

Results: Expected in spring 2020.

Carbon capture

A group of commercial customers in BC have been given carbon capture units, with the goal of evaluating how they can help save natural gas usage from boilers and convert carbon dioxide to soda ash, a usable byproduct. The pilot is also testing the acceptance of this technology, produced by Calgary-based CleanO2, in the marketplace. 

Learn more about the Carbon Capture Pilot program.

We’re here to help

For more information about our pilot programs, email innovative.technologies@fortisbc.com or call 604-592-7918.