|Date Announced||4 August 2006|
|Date Effective||1 September 2006|
|Agency||•Natural Resources Canada (NRCan)|
|Policy Superseded by||ecoENERGY for Renewable Heat|
•Biomass for Heat
|Policy Sector||•Heating and Cooling (Domestic / Industrial Process)|
|Description||Announced in December 1997, REDI and came into effect on April 1, 1998. REDI was a 9-year, CAD 51 million programme designed to stimulate the demand for renewable energy systems for water heating, space heating and industrial process heating. These systems include:
active solar water heating systems;
active solar air heating systems; or
high efficiency/low emissions biomass combustion systems of between 75kW and 2MW capacity.
During a period of federal renewable energy programme review in early 2006, the Renewable Energy Deployment Initiative (REDI ) - Incentive Program could not enter into new Contribution Agreements.
In early June 2006, Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) announced a relaxation of one of its conditions, suspending the requirement for those who had already applied to the REDI Program to have a REDI Contribution Agreement in place prior to incurring eligible project expenditures. This temporary policy was adopted in order to allow solar thermal and biomass combustion projects to proceed in the absence of a Contribution Agreement and still be eligible for REDI funding.
Where a REDI application had been submitted, but no Contribution Agreement was in place, project expenditures incurred on or after June 1, 2006 would be REDI-eligible subject to meeting all other Terms and Conditions of the Program, the acceptance of the project by NRCan, and the availability of REDI funds. No expenditure incurred before June 1, 2006 would be eligible. However, these applicants who proceeded with their project understanding they did so at the risk of not receiving REDI funding.
In early July 2006 the REDI Program was reactivated and, for those applications that had already met all REDI Terms and Conditions, Contribution Agreements were issued. Under these Contribution Agreements, the period during which expenditures are considered to be eligible is from June 1, 2006 to December 31, 2006.
Effective September 1st, 2006, the REDI Program resumed regular procedures and re-instated the requirement to have a REDI Contribution Agreement in place prior to incurring eligible project expenditures. Expenditures were considered eligible when incurred between the date of the second signature on the Contribution Agreement, and December 31, 2006 for applications post-marked on or after September 1, 2006. To be eligible for REDI funding, all eligible projects had to be commissioned by December 31, 2006. The programme was superseded in 2007 by the ecoENERGY for Renewable Heat programme.