Program Description

The Multi Unit Residential Building Charging Program is part of the Clean Energy Vehicle (CEV) Charging Infrastructure Program funded by the Province of British Columbia. The purpose of this particular program is to support the purchase and installation of electric vehicle charging stations in multi unit residential buildings (MURBs) in British Columbia, and to assist in reducing the barriers for current and future electric vehicle adoption.

Eligible Applicants (See Applicant Eligibility Requirements) across British Columbia can apply to receive a rebate of 75% of total eligible costs up to $4,500 per Level 2 charging station, if approved for participation.

Applicants can apply for a maximum of two Level 2 charging stations, but you may only be approved for one to ensure the program funds are adequately distributed. Single port stations count as one charging station and dual port stations count as two charging stations. As such, applicants who apply for a dual port station or two Level 2 charging stations would receive a rebate of 75% of total eligible costs up to $9,000. Applicants are assessed on a first-come first-served basis. Applications will be accepted until August 15, 2017 or until funds are fully allocated.

Successful applicants will be required to provide project updates including a mandatory status report by August 15, 2017. If applicants do not provide information for this required status report  they will be removed from the program, and their spot will be given to another applicant. Successful applicants will be given direction as to what information will be required for the update(s) (including, for example, have applicants received strata approval, and what work has been performed to-date).

Important resources for applicants include:

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Applicant Eligibility Requirements

The program is open to individuals that reside in an eligible MURB or to parties authorized to make decisions regarding an eligible MURB (See MURB Eligibility Requirements). Note electricians and contractors cannot apply for this program on behalf of the resident or strata/property manager.

  • This includes a building owner, manager, resident or other building representative;
  • It is essential that the proper authority grant permission for the charging station to be installed. HOWEVER, this approval can come after applying;
  • If the applicant is not the owner of the building, written approval from the building owner or strata council must be provided by August 15, 2017 to be eligible for the incentive (i.e. you can still apply without strata approval, but approval must be granted by August 15, 2017);
  • Only one application will be accepted per property;
  • A quote for work to be completed is required in order to apply, from a licensed electrician or electrical contractor
    • This quote must be line itemized and include all work to be performed to meet program requirements. See Charging Station Requirements for more information.
    • Of particular importance are these requirements:
      • Level 2 charging station(s)
      • If stations are not networked stations a dedicated revenue grade meter must be installed
      • Over-sized conduit with a capacity of at minimum six stations at 40A each
      • Labour
      • All applicable permits
      • Additional materials not listed above
    • Applicants may choose to hire a different contractor than the one quoted in the application (i.e. the applicant is not locked into the contractor from which the initial quote was received).

MURB Eligibility Requirements

Eligible MURBs are multi unit residential buildings that have 3 or more self-contained dwelling units.

  • Are located in British Columbia;
  • This includes multiple resident buildings, and mixed-use building;
    • Such buildings may include stratas, condos, apartments, town homes, or housing co-ops;
    • Resort parks, hotels, Bed & Breakfasts, etc. will be assessed on a case-by-case basis;
  • The charging station is for residents or future residents of these buildings;
  • If there is a commercial component as part of the building, restrictions should be in place that allows only a resident to utilize the charging station(s).

Important Dates and Deadlines

Applications will be accepted on a first-come first-served basis. The program is open for applications between March 27, 2017 and August 15, 2017. Applicants who are not initially approved will be put on a waitlist. As space becomes available, waitlisted applicants will be notified.

  • March 27, 2017 – Applicants can begin to apply. Fraser Basin Council will respond to applicants as quickly as possible, but please allow for up to 30 days to receive a response. Applicants will either be accepted into the program, waitlisted, required to provide additional information, or denied if they don’t meet program eligibility requirements.
  • August 15, 2017 – All applicants will be required to provide information on the status of the project. This will include information on what work has been completed or when work will begin. Applicants who did not initially have written strata or building owner approval, must provide proof (e.g. letter from strata/property manager) that approval has been granted. Applicants that fail to provide this information will lose their place in the program.
  • August 31, 2017 – Final intake date for waitlist. Applicants on the waitlist will be contacted if space is available to participate. Only waitlisted applicants who have received strata approval by August 31, 2017 will be approved.
  • November 30, 2017 – Submission deadline for applicants to complete the final report. Rebate cheques will be issued within 30 days if there are no issues with the report. Applicants will be contacted if additional information or clarification is required.

Charging Station Requirements

  • For a charging station to be eligible for the program the station must:
    • Be a Level 2 station (208/240 volt), featuring a SAE J1772 plug (See Manufacturer & Supplier List);
    • Be purchased, not leased;
    • Be installed by a licensed electrician (work to be completed under appropriate permit and installed to meet Canadian Electrical Code requirements);
    • Have activated communication and data tracking abilities OR be connected to a dedicated revenue grade meter for the charging station or group of stations.  If a meter is used, one from BC Hydro is preferred.  See Networked vs. Non-Networked for more information;
    • Be approved for sale and use in Canada (i.e. cUL, cETL, CSA certification);
    • Be in operation at the project location for five years.
  • Applicants must install over-sized conduit capacity capable of supplying at minimum a total of six Level 2 charging stations at 40A each. This total includes the charging stations being installed as part of the project (Read the FAQ on why).
    • As a condition of receiving funding, applicants are required to have an electrician install an appropriate sized conduit (i.e. over-sized) capable of supplying at minimum a total of six stations at 40A each (includes the stations being installed) or the total number of parking stalls, whichever comes first;
    • This conduit is for future EV growth and should be run to provide future service to all parking stalls, 30m into the parking area, or halfway into the parking area whichever comes first;
    • Only one over-sized conduit is required per panel regardless of the number of EVSE being installed on the same panel.  If the parking area has several levels and multiple panels that EVSE is connected to then an over-sized conduit is required for each panel;
    • Only the conduit is required for future charging stations. However, it is recommended that contractors run wire for all future charging stations at this time to decrease future costs;
    • Although no wiring is required for the future charging stations, the wiring for the station(s) being installed at this time must be de-rated to comply with code for when the future stations are installed;
    • Junction boxes are to be installed at intervals for future runoffs;
    • A label stating “FOR USE WITH ELECTRIC VEHICLES ONLY” shall be posted in conspicuous places at the service panel/sub-panel and along the conduit raceway.
  • Some buildings might not have the electrical capacity for present or future charging stations.  In these cases load managed stations offer the ability to install charging stations by managing the electrical consumption of each station.

 

Charging Station and Installation Costs

Eligible costs include, but are not limited to:

  • The cost of the charging station;
  • Material required for installation of the charging station (INCLUDES wiring for future charging stations);
  • Labour and construction costs for installation of the charging station;
  • Electrical or other permits;
  • Electrical or parking area design plans;
  • Signage;
  • Costs occurring AFTER the program launch date (March 27, 2017) and BEFORE the project deadline November  30, 2017.

Ineligible costs include, but are not limited to:

  • Painting of parking area;
  • Installation of non-EVSE infrastructure (e.g. 110V outlet for vacuum cleaner);
  • Communication costs between property management and residents (e.g. notices, letters, etc.);
  • Copy or documentation fees;
  • Monthly or annual subscription fees;
  • Taxes paid on the labour, charging station, material, and any other associated cost;
  • Costs occurring BEFORE the program launch date (March 27, 2017) and AFTER the project deadline November 30, 2017;
  • Costs for charging infrastructure that are already required under building codes or other program or regulatory requirements.