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Oil to Electric Rebate Program

With the Oil to Electric Rebate Program, qualified homeowners can receive a rebate of up to $2,500 to help transition their homes from oil to electricity-based heat.

In Newfoundland and Labrador, the majority of our electricity comes from clean, renewable sources. By making the switch to an electric heat source, homeowners can take advantage of these savings while also supporting a greener future for our province.

 

About the Program

The Oil to Electric Rebate Program is an initiative of the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador and is being administered by Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro. Rebates are available on a first come, first serve basis to approved applicants. Funding is limited, so be sure to get your application in quickly so you can get a jump on savings!

Rebates will be issued to qualified homeowners in Newfoundland and Labrador for eligible products purchased and installed on or after May 31, 2021.* Projects must be completed, and application and final invoices must be submitted by March 15, 2022.

Looking to get approved before you install? You may qualify for pre-approval to have a rebate held in your name. You would then have 60 days from the approval date to install the eligible product, remove the existing oil tank, and provide proof of purchase and installation of the electric heat source. The deadline for pre-approval applications is January 15, 2022.
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*The Oil to Electric Rebate Program was first announced by the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador in the 2021 provincial budget, delivered on May 31, 2021.

 

Eligibility Requirements

To qualify for the rebate:

  • You must be the homeowner and your home must have an active electricity account.
  • Your home must be on a permanent foundation and intended as a primary residence in NL.**
  • Your home must have used at least 1,000 litres of oil in 2020 or latest 12 month period. A copy of a current annual statement or receipt that shows a minimum of 1,000 litres of oil consumption must be included with the application.
  • Eligible products must be purchased and installed between May 31, 2021, and March 15, 2022.
  • Applications will be accepted from August 30, 2021, to March 15, 2022.
  • The electrical contractor must provide a copy of the electrical permit.
  • The existing oil tank must be removed from the premises to qualify for the rebate. Residents with oil tanks that are no longer in use are responsible for having oil tanks properly cut and cleaned and then disposed of appropriately. Pictures will be required clearly showing tank removal.
  • A rebate will be given for one eligible product per dwelling. More than one incentive will not be provided to the same applicant.
  • All installers/electricians must show they are a registered business with an HST registration number or proof they are registered with WorkplaceNL. A quote/final invoice from the registered business must be provided. If this is not able to be provided, your application will be denied.

Proper oil tank removal process:

You must have your oil tank removed and properly disposed of. Before the tank is disposed of please send in the HOST tag number off of your oil tank to OiltoElectric@nlh.nl.ca. This can be found on the small brass tag attached to the tank’s vent pipe.

Proper disposal can be done by a company or by an individual as long as proper government guidelines have been followed. Tanks that are not expired and in good working order can also be sold. An invoice or written certificate must be provided showing proof of the transaction. This would be an invoice from the removal company or something in writing from the re-cycler or purchaser of your oil tank. You must include before and after pictures clearly showing the removal of the oil tank from your premises.

  • empty the system of all liquid;
  • where the system is
    • underground, the tank top shall be accessed and opened, any sludge and heating oil remaining in the tank shall be removed and the system shall then be dismantled, removed from the ground and disposed of, or
    • above ground, the tank shall be opened, any sludge and heating oil remaining in the tank shall be removed and the system shall then be dismantled and disposed of;
  • where underground piping is involved, the piping shall be removed from the ground, or emptied of heating oil and the ends shall be permanently sealed by capping; and
  • clean the affected area and restore the environment.
  • tanks can be disposed of at metal re-cyclers or waste management sites. Disposal sites may have requirements regarding tank\oil disposal.
  • for proper removal and disposal we recommend you can contact the company that installed the tank or a certified hazardous waste management company.
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*This rebate is being offered as part of the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador’s Climate Change Action Plan. Eligible dwellings must be connected to the island interconnected grid or Labrador interconnected electricity grid, and the dwelling must be existing and used year-round.

 

Eligible Products, Costs & Installer Requirements


The following products qualify for this rebate:

  • A mini-split heat pump that has a Zone 4 HSPF of 10 or higher (a secondary/back up heat source, such as electric baseboard, must also be installed if you choose a mini or multi split heat pump.)
  • A multi-split heat pump that has a Zone 4 HSPF of 9 or higher (a secondary/back up heat source, such as electric baseboard, must also be installed if you choose a mini or multi split heat pump.)
  • A centrally-ducted heat pump that has a Zone 4 HSPF of 8.5 or higher
  • Electric baseboard heaters
  • An electric furnace

Mini and Multi-split heat pumps can only heat a portion of your home around where the indoor head is installed. You will need a secondary heat source, such as baseboard heaters, for areas not covered by the heat pump and a backup heat source for times when the heat pump is not in operation such as when it’s really cold outside. Please consult your insurance company to ensure your new forms of heat meet requirements they may have.

For your electric secondary/back up electric heat source, you will need to provide a list of what that source is and the location and size of source in the home and have the installer or electrician confirm and sign off that it is installed and in operation. By providing this information, you are stating that this source is sufficient to heat your home in the event your heat pump is not in operation. If the secondary/back-up heat source was installed previous to this work, please provide pictures off the source and receipts. Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro or the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador make no representations or warranties and are in no way responsible for loss, injury, or damage which may result from goods or services furnished or rendered in connection with this Program.

Eligible costs (up to a maximum of $2,500) include:

  • Product purchase costs of eligible products
  • Installation costs of eligible products
  • Electrical panel and service upgrades to support the use of eligible products (listed above)
  • Removal costs of an existing oil tank from the property

Installer requirements:

  • Registered Electrical Contractor (Electrician) working under permit. A copy of the permit must be submitted with the final paid invoice.
  • If you are installing a mini, multi, or centrally-ducted heat pump, it must be installed by a Journeyperson Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Mechanic (a list of providers is available here ). All installers must show they are a registered business with an HST registration number or proof they are registered with WorkplaceNL. A quote/final invoice from the registered business must be provided that includes unit details, model number, and HSPF rating.

 

How to Apply

Complete and sign the rebate application form.

All applicants must submit a completed and signed application form. The application can be completed online or downloaded and submitted by email or mail:

APPLY ONLINE

DOWNLOAD APPLICATION

Email completed applications to: OiltoElectric@nlh.nl.ca

Mail completed applications to:

Oil to Electric Rebate Program
Newfoundland & Labrador Hydro
P.O. Box 12400
St. John’s, NL A1B 4K7

Complete your application package.

Remember to submit all required documents (noted below) with your application to avoid delays in processing!

HOMEOWNERS APPLYING FOR PRE-APPROVAL:

Your application package must include:

    • A completed and signed rebate application.
    • Official detailed quote, including HST, for the product you will be installing. For heat pumps, the quote must be from a certified installer that states the unit details, model number, and the Heating Seasonal Performance Factor (HSPF) rating.
    • Official detailed quote, including HST, if you are choosing a certified professional for the removal of the oil tank from your premises.
    • A copy of a current annual statement or receipt from your oil company that shows a minimum of 1,000 litres of oil consumption in 2020 or latest 12 month period.
    • If all conditions are met, a pre-approval will be issued that will hold the $2,500 rebate in your name. Participants will have 60 days from the pre-approval date to install the eligible product, remove the existing oil tank, and provide the required final documentation listed below.

The deadline for pre-approval applications is January 15, 2022.

HOMEOWNERS WITH ELIGIBLE PRODUCTS INSTALLED ON OR AFTER MAY 31, 2021

Your application package must include:

    • A completed and signed rebate application.
    • A copy of the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador, Service NL, electrical Certificate of Inspection for the completed electrical projects done during the install of your electric heat source. This certificate shows us that all proper permits were pulled for the job.
    • A paid invoice from the certified professional or certificate from the re-cycler showing proper disposal of the oil tank; and before and after pictures clearly showing the removal of the oil tank from your premises.
    • A copy of a current annual statement or receipt from your oil company that shows a minimum of 1,000 litres of oil consumption in 2020 or latest 12-month period. (If not already provided)
    • Official paid invoice: Homeowners with an eligible product installed on or after May 31, 2021 must provide a copy of the official detailed paid invoice for the product. For heat pumps, the invoice must state unit details, model number, and the Heating Seasonal Performance Factor (HSPF) rating. Rebates will not be issued until the final paid invoice has been submitted.

Deadline to apply is March 15, 2022.

 

How Will Rebates Be Issued?

Rebate cheques will be issued to approved participants within 8 weeks from receipt of application and all required documentation. Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro will issue a cheque to the name and address listed on the application. Applications that do not include all required information will result in a processing delay and possible denial of your application.

 

Demand Response Enrollment

Participants of this program will be automatically enrolled in future residential demand response programs facilitated by Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro (Hydro), with an opt-out provision available to customers that do not wish to be enrolled. Participants of the demand response program will be provided networkable thermostats, often referred to as “smart” thermostats. Hydro will contact the customer prior to the start of any new programs they are to be enrolled in, to confirm participation and provide further details.

What are demand response programs?

Demand response programs use smart thermostats to offer customers the ability to automatically shift a portion of their electricity use to another time of day in exchange for either monthly or seasonal credits on their electricity bills. Even for customers that are enrolled in demand response programs, the programs are often designed to allow a participating customer to opt out of participating in an individual demand response event if it conflicts with their needs at the time of the event.

How are smart thermostats used for demand response programs?

Participants of demand response programs are provided with networkable thermostats, often referred to as “smart” thermostats. The networkable aspect of a smart thermostat is based on the fact that they can connect to a home’s Wi-Fi, or a dedicated wireless hub. Smart thermostats have several additional features and abilities above and beyond a standard digital programmable thermostat. In addition to allowing a homeowner to program heating set points based on their typical weekly schedule, it also allows the homeowner to remotely access the thermostat from anywhere in their home, or even when they are away from the home.

Questions?

Email us at OiltoElectric@nlh.nl.ca or call a Customer Service Representative at 1-888-737-1296.


Privacy Notice: Personal information submitted to Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro regarding the Oil to Electric Rebate Program will only be used for the administration of the Program. Precautions will be taken by Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro to safeguard against the disclosure of your personal information.

To be eligible for this rebate, all application information must be completed, and a copy of the final bill of sale for the electric product must be submitted. You and your electric product must meet all eligibility requirements. Offer subject to change or cancellation without notice. Please allow up to 8 weeks for rebate cheque. Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro or the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador make no representations or warranties and are in no way responsible for loss, injury, or damage which may result from goods or services furnished or rendered in connection with this Program. Change in energy consumption may vary from year to year due to factors such as climatic conditions and use of auxiliary heat sources (e.g., wood burning fireplace), and, as a result, any savings under this Program cannot be guaranteed either by the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador or Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro. Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro may visit your home to confirm installation at any time within 15 months from when the rebate was processed. Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro may ask that the incentive be repaid in the event of a false declaration.