Seeking Environmental Champions
If you are a small business with a spend of less than $50,000 on electricity and are interested in being awarded up to $25,000 towards your energy saving costs then why not nominate your business to be the next LiveSmart BC: Small Business Champion?
LiveSmart BC Champion Program
Innovation Champions: Projects which use innovative methods for energy savings including:
- Installing new energy saving technology or equipment
- Using an existing energy saving technology in a new way
- Building retrofits which improve energy efficiency
- Creating on-site waste to energy conversion
- mplementing renewable energy sources
Energy Efficiency Champions: Projects which use a combination of actions that result in improving your company’s energy efficiency by over 20%, including:
- Switching to renewable energy sources
- Improving the efficiency of you business location including: upgrading your exterior wall insulations, replacing window and doors etc
- Upgrading inefficient equipment
- Implementing employee behavior programs including changing thermostat settings, turning off lights and changing sleep mode settings of electronic equipment.
Your Champion Requirements
- Have submitted a Letter of Interest before March 21, 2012 and received an invitation to apply to the Champion Program
- Be located in BC
- Be a registered business with less than 50 employees
- Be privately owned and operated
- Have a commercial electrical account
- Spend less than $50,000 on electricity per year
- Have been in operation for at least two (2) years
- Your own investment
- A loan
- Funding from another municipal, federal or private grant program
- Utility incentives
- In-kind contributions
- Other funding partners
- Description of the progress of the project
- Photographs of the project
- A financial statement of expenditure against the project’s original budget
- Copies of any permits obtained, if required
- Description of how you have or will share your project with your local community, including any advanced notice of media coverage or events
- A comparison of the original measurement of energy consumption submitted at the start of the project with the measurement at the time of Report 2.
- Summary of energy bills and monitoring data
- Description of how you have promoted your project within your industry and local community, including the number of events and a description of the events, copies of any published material and screen shots of any web pages
- Summary of the benefits and challenges of the project, its impact on the community, which local technologies and expertise were used, how many jobs were created as a result of the project and any lessons learnt from the project.
How to Apply
- Business Name
- Full Name and email address
- Whether you are applying under the Innovation Champion or Energy Efficiency Champion program
- A description of your project including how it will meet the criteria of the program in no more than one page of writing
How you will be Evaluated
- Feasibility: How you have demonstrated capacity to successfully complete the project outlined in the proposal.
- Energy Savings: The forecasted amount of energy saved.
- Cost Efficiency: The forecasted amount of energy saved compared to the overall cost of the project.
- Innovation: How innovative the application is; whether it uses previously unknown or untried solutions. *
- Ability to Replicate: Whether the project is sustainable and can be replicated across other small businesses in BC.
- Benefits to the Community: The outreach of the project, including using local technologies and expertise to complete the project and potential opportunities to promote the project at speaking events.
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