Qualifying upgrades

To qualify for the Residential Earth Power Loan, energy efficiency upgrades must be made to levels recommended by Manitoba Hydro.

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Geothermal (ground source) heat pumps

Eligibility requirements

  • The homeowner must be a Manitoba Hydro customer who is approved for credit from Manitoba Hydro.
  • The heat pump must be designed and installed by a certified contractor. The contractor must be recognized by the Manitoba Geothermal Energy Alliance (MGEA).
  • The geothermal heat pump must be tested and rated under CSA Standard C-13256, and installed to meet CSA C448.

Read more about geothermal heat pumps.

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Cold climate air source heat pumps

Eligibility requirements

  • The system must be a cold climate air source heat pump with a variable capacity compressor, rated to provide heat at temperatures of at least −25°C.
  • The air source heat pump unit’s performance rating certified to CSA Standard CAN/CSA-C656-05 with a minimum HSPF of 10. Units must have a minimum COP of 1.75 at −15°C.
  • Indoor and outdoor units must be part of an AHRI matched system.
  • ENERGY STAR® certified.
  • Home must be currently heated with electric resistance heat.
  • Installer must be a refrigeration mechanic licensed in Manitoba.

For more information on cold climate air source heat pumps, visit the NRCan website.

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Solar thermal water heaters

Eligibility requirements

  • You must be planning on installing an active residential solar water heating system;
  • The home must be owned by the applicant and must be their principal residence or their tenant’s principal residence;
  • The home must be detached, semi-detached, or a mobile/modular home on a permanent foundation with a permanent water supply, and intended as a residence;
  • The system must use solar hot water collectors that meet CSA Standard F379 or equivalent;
  • The system must be installed by a participating contractor.

Read more about solar water heaters.

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Solar photovoltaic systems

Eligibility requirements

  • All customer-owned generation must meet applicable provincial, federal and municipal licenses, permits and approvals.
  • All customer-owned generation must be installed in accordance with the Canadian Electrical Code (CEC) CSA C22 and be inspected prior to being energized.
    • For a complete list of other applicable Standards and Codes, see the Terms and Conditions on the Application.
  • The solar PV system must be interconnected to Manitoba Hydro’s distribution system, including the installation of a bi-directional meter once the system is approved if required by inspector.

For more information on solar technology, visit the Canadian Solar Industries Association website.

You may also be eligible for additional incentives. Read more about our Solar Energy Program.

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