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 up to $4,500 or 75% of total costs per Level 2 charging station, whichever comes first, before taxes, if approved for participation.

Applicants can apply for more than 1 Level 2 charging station, but the total approved number may be capped to ensure the program funds are adequately distributed. Single port stations count as 1 charging station, dual port stations count as 2 charging stations, and so on. As such, applicants who apply for a dual port station would receive up to $9,000 or 75% of total costs whichever comes first. Applicants are assessed on a first-come first-served basis. Applications will be accepted until October 1, 2016 or until funds are fully allocated. The program may re-open depending on available funds and interest.

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)

  • This includes a building owner, manager, resident or other building representative;
  • It is important that the proper authority grant permission for the charging station to be installed;
  • If the applicant is not the owner of the building, written approval from the building owner or council must be provided before a rebate cheque will be issued;
  • The person or company that applies for the funding program must be the person or company who pays for the station and installation costs;
  • The rebate cheque will be issued to this person or company.

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;
  • 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.

Charging Station Requirements

  • For a charging station to be eligible for the program the station must:
    • Be a Level 2 station (240 volt), featuring a SAE J1772 plug (See Manufacturer & Supplier List);
    • Be purchased, not leased;
    • Be approved for sale and use in Canada (i.e. cUL, cETL, CSA certification);
    • 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 or Measurement Canada certified 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 in operation at the project location for five years.
  • Applicants must install over-sized conduit capacity capable of supplying at minimum an additional 5 Level 2 charging stations at 40A each. (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 an additional 5 charging stations at 40A each (for a minimum capacity of 6 charging stations) 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 or 30m 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. In other words, there is no need to run wiring through the conduit;
    • 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;
  • 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 23, 2016) and BEFORE the project deadline March 1, 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 fee;
  • Taxes paid on the labour, charging station, material, and any other associated cost;
  • Costs occurring BEFORE the program launch date (March 23, 2016) and AFTER the project deadline March 1, 2017;
  • Costs for charging infrastructure that are already required under building codes or other program or regulatory requirements.