Energy program to help small businesses
Small businesses across B.C. will be able to access free
energy-efficiency advice, equipment and incentives with the new
LiveSmart BC: Small Business Program.
Minister of Energy Steve Thomson launched the program at the BC Foodservice Expo in Vancouver.
The $15-million, three-year LiveSmart BC: Small Business Program will be
tailored to meet the needs of key sectors such accommodations, retail,
agriculture, offices and more than $4.5 million allocated for upgrades
in the restaurant industry.
"This program was designed with small business and restaurant owners in
mind. We want to make efficiency upgrades easy and affordable so
entrepreneurs can focus on what matters most: serving their customers,"
said Thomson. "The support and products offered through the LiveSmart
BC: Small Business Program can save businesses thousands of dollars in
equipment and utility costs."
Building on the successful residential LiveSmart BC: Efficiency
Incentive Program, this new program will support small businesses owners
who may not have the time, information or resources to make energy
There are four components to the program:
* Business Energy Advisors: will deliver free energy assessments, help
owners tap into available product incentives and cash rebates, and help
co-ordinate product installation.
* Direct Installation: will fund 100 per cent of the cost of replacing
and installing select energy-efficient equipment such as lighting and
pre-rinse spray valves for commercial kitchens.
* Enhanced Product Incentives: will increase cash rebates for more than
10,000 energy efficient products.
* LiveSmart Champion: an open call for businesses to access funding for
new, innovative ways to conserve energy.