Gas absorption heat pump rebates for non-profit organizations
Save energy, save money and reduce greenhouse gas emissions with high-efficiency gas absorption heat pumps to provide space heating, domestic hot water and/or ventilation for non-profit housing or charities serving income-qualified people. Our energy solutions managers are here to answer your questions and help you get rebates to reduce the upfront cost of this innovative heating technology.
- You must be a FortisBC commercial natural gas customer who owns or operates a registered charity that provides assistance to income-qualified persons, or a housing provider that is:
- a local government
- a housing society registered under the Societies Act
- a housing co-op registered under the Cooperative Association Act or
- a governing body of an Indigenous band, provided the housing is primarily for low-income households
- school boards or educational institutions
- health authorities or hospitals
- public libraries
Note: non-profit top-up participants do not include:
- You must be a property owner or long-term leaseholder of an existing commercial building.
- The gas absorption heat pump must be installed for a retrofit application.
- The building must have dedicated outdoor space (ground level or rooftop) to house the gas absorption heat pump unit(s).
- You must submit an application and supporting documentation no later than 365 days after the purchase date of the product(s) (as shown on the paid invoice) or installation date (as listed on the application form), whichever is first.
What’s a gas absorption heat pump?
Like conventional heat pumps, gas absorption heat pumps capture heat from the outdoor air and transfer it indoors for space heating, domestic hot water and/or ventilation. Using gas to transfer heat, rather than directly heating air or water, they can achieve energy efficiencies of more than 100 per cent.1 They can also operate on renewable and low carbon gases,2 such as Renewable Natural Gas.
Learn more about how gas absorption heat pumps work and BC organizations that have installed them in our blog.
To help you determine if a gas absorption heat pump system is a fit for your building or facility, and to reduce the cost of installation, the program offers both feasibility study funding and product rebates.
Feasibility study funding
FortisBC can provide up to $20,000 in feasibility study funding to help with the cost of having a detailed engineering analysis performed. You’ll need to work with your engineering consultant to submit a feasibility study proposal to FortisBC to apply for this funding.
The feasibility study proposal should clearly define the scope and cost of the feasibility study, including:
- a brief description of the facility, including location, site contact and overview of operations
- a brief description of the gas absorption heat pump(s) and any additional condensing boiler(s) and/or condensing water heater(s) and controls to be studied
- the proportion of the facility’s natural gas and/or electricity consumption that the system being studied consumes
- pre-study estimates of heat pump cost and energy savings
- methods used to estimate or model energy savings
- an overview of any previous studies or work that has identified the heat pump as an opportunity to improve the energy efficiency of the facility
- the name of the lead individual who will be responsible for conducting the feasibility study and completing the report
- the total estimated feasibility study cost, including itemized costing broken down by job role, named individual, hourly rate, anticipated number of hours and budgeted expenses (such as travel)
- a list of data and metering points required to complete the feasibility study and expected limitations on the scope of study.
Rebates of up to $37,500 are available for installing gas absorption heat pumps in a building that provides services and/or housing for income-qualified people. Get bonus rebates for creating a comprehensive system combined with smart controls and a high-efficiency boiler and/or water heater to optimize performance and efficiency. Additional FortisBC rebates are available for upgrading your boiler or water heater.
|Heating system||Rebate (per heat pump)||Comprehensive system bonus (per project)||Total rebate|
|Single end use: gas absorption heat pump for domestic hot water, space heating or ventilation||$12,500||N/A||$12,500|
|Single end use comprehensive: gas absorption heat pump system for either domestic hot water or space heating, paired with smart controls and condensing boiler/water heater||$12,500||$10,000||$22,500 + additional rebates available separately for boiler and/or water heater|
|Two end use comprehensive: gas absorption heat pump system for either domestic hot water + space heating, domestic hot water + ventilation, or space heating + ventilation, paired with smart controls and condensing boiler/water heater||$12,500||$15,000||$27,500 + additional rebates available separately for boiler and/or water heater|
|Three end use comprehensive: gas absorption heat pump system for domestic hot water, space heating and ventilation, paired with smart controls and condensing boiler/water heater||$12,500||$25,000||$37,500 + additional rebates available separately for boiler and/or water heater|
Which gas absorption heat pumps are eligible for a rebate?
Gas absorption heat pumps from manufacturers including, but not limited to, the following are eligible for rebates:
If you have questions about rebate-eligible heat pumps, contact us.
How to apply
- Work with the engineering consultant of your choice to develop a feasibility study proposal for a gas absorption heat pump for your building or facility, including the information outlined above, and submit the proposal to FortisBC. We’ll review it, and if approved, you may proceed with the full feasibility study.
- Submit the completed feasibility study and the paid invoice from your consultant to FortisBC to receive feasibility study funding.
- Before you buy a gas absorption heat pump, ensure it is eligible for the rebate. If you have questions, contact us before purchasing and installing equipment.
- Have a gas or mechanical contractor licensed with Technical Safety BC install your heat pump system. You can find one through our Trade Ally Network.
- Apply online for your gas absorption heat pump rebate within 365 days of the purchase date (as shown on the paid invoice) or installation date (as listed on the application form), whichever is first. Be sure to provide copies of the fully paid invoice including make and model number of the eligible heat pump(s) purchased and installed.
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Help your residents save energy too
Our Energy Conservation Assistance Program can help income-qualified residents save energy with a free home energy evaluation, installation of energy-saving products and advice. Plus, we can work with you to coordinate the delivery of the program to multiple units in a complex.
1As reported in 2021 measurement and verification results for FortisBC’s gas absorption heat pump pilot program, in which Robur-A gas absorption heat pumps were installed for domestic hot water heating at seven sites in BC.
2FortisBC uses the term renewable and low carbon gas to refer collectively to the low carbon and carbon neutral gases or fuels that the utility can acquire under the Greenhouse Gas Reduction (Clean Energy) Regulation, which are: Renewable Natural Gas (RNG or biomethane), hydrogen, synthesis gas and lignin.