Parking Lot Controllers Program

Parking lot controllers are electronic devices that control the amount of electricity going to an outdoor plug that serves a vehicle block heater and interior warmer. They can reduce electricity costs by up to 50 per cent while ensuring trouble-free starts for tenants, staff, and guests. They save energy by automatically adjusting the length of time that electricity is provided to the car plugs, depending on outside temperatures.

Above −5°C, outlets typically receive no electricity. As the temperature drops, electricity is progressively delivered for longer periods of time. Once the temperature drops (usually between −20°C to −30°C), the power stays on all the time. Plug power is controlled by electronic circuitry built into the receptacle or by a central controller and contactors connected to the central breaker panel.

Benefits

  • lower energy bills;
  • less energy use;
  • lower operating costs;
  • ensure trouble-free starts for tenants, staff, and guests.

Eligibility

To be eligible for incentives, you must:

  • be a Manitoba Hydro customer eligible for the general service electricity rate;
  • the end user of the system (i.e. not a vendor, manufacturer, or installer);
  • remain a customer of Manitoba Hydro for a minimum of 3 years after the date of the incentive payment.

Applications must be received by March 31, 2017 to be eligible.

How to take part

You must receive authorization before you purchase or install any measure.

  • Submit your completed Parking Lot Controller Program Application (PDF, 260 KB) with a quotation for work to be done, including specifications/technical data sheets describing the controllers being considered.
  • We will pre-approve your application.
  • Install your energy efficient measures.
  • Submit your completion documents:
  • We will arrange a post-inspection walkthrough.
  • We will mail you an incentive cheque.

Review our Product Specification Guide (PDF, 800 KB) to ensure you're installing a qualifying product. For more information, contact us.

Incentives

Install parking lot controllers and receive up to 100 per cent for the labour and material costs of the upgrade. Incentives are available for new construction and existing (renovation) parking lots. The incentives will be based on the type of building occupancy served by the parking stalls within the parking lot. For example: in a mixed use occupancy where 20 stalls within the lot serve retail and office occupancies and 60 stalls serve multi-residential occupancy, a Zone A customer would qualify for an incentive of: 20 x $50 + 60 x $100 = $7000.

Building type served Geographic region
Zone A2 Zone B2

1 Multi-unit residential buildings (MURBs) include apartments, condominiums, independent and assisted-living residences (seniors' complexes).
2 Zone B is the geographic region north of the 53rd parallel. Zone A is the geographic region south of the 53rd parallel.

Multi-unit residential1 $100/stall $110/stall
Other commercial $50/stall $110/stall

Manitoba Electrical Code requirements

All parking lot controller installations must meet Manitoba Electrical Code (PDF, 534 KB) requirements:

  • An electrical permit is required for every electrical installation.*
  • You must provide a copy of the Certificate of Inspection (within Winnipeg) or Certificate of Approval (outside Winnipeg) along with the Commercial Parking Lot Controller Program's Completion Declaration and Completion Questionnaire. These certificates cannot be issued for an annual permit. Annual permits cannot be used to apply for the Commercial Parking Lot Controller Program.

*A separate permit is required for each installation address or location. For example, a business with 3 separate offices that are undergoing parking lot controller installations requires 3 separate electrical permits.

For more information, contact us.