Pembina Institute and Lightspark Partner to Help Cities Reduce Carbon

Landscape sunset view of Morain lake and mountain range, Alberta, Canada

Vancouver, British Columbia
April 7, 2021

Vancouver-based Lightspark Software Inc – developer of energy efficiency software and data services for cities, utilities, consumers, trade and energy advisors – is delighted to announce a new partnership with Pembina Institute to provide Alberta-based municipalities with guidance on how to design and deliver finance strategies for deep energy retrofit programs, as part of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities’ Community Efficiency Financing program.

“Through this partnership, the Pembina Institute has proposed to provide municipalities with clearly articulated options to finance their residential energy retrofit programs. For over a year, the Pembina Institute has engaged municipalities through our Municipal Leaders in Renewable Energy program and Reframed Initiative which has resulted in a strong network of municipal leaders who are now leading the province in climate and energy action. This program has convened municipal leaders, providing peer-to-peer learning around renewable energy, financing solar projects, and how to engage communities on sustainability action. We look forward to taking this next step with municipalities to help them achieve their carbon reduction goals “, says Pembina Senior Policy Analyst, Laura Hughes.

Several Alberta municipalities are exploring the adoption of PACE, third-party and utility on-bill financing programs through the Municipal Climate Change Action Centre (MCCAC) towards FCM Community Energy Financing. “Identifying and negotiating a finance program can be time and resource-intensive,” says James Riley, founder and CEO of Lightspark. ‘Many municipalities prefer to outsource this portion of their Program Design and Financing process to experienced experts with deep energy efficiency and retrofit program experience. With Pembina already working closely with leading municipalities looking to decrease emissions, they are well-positioned to take this on as a key partner in Alberta in support of Lightspark’s turn-key Residential Mapping and Program Design services for municipalities.”

Lightspark and Pembina will be co-hosting workshops this year to help Alberta communities navigate their financing options as part of FCM’s Program Design grants. If you are interested in participating in these workshops, please contact VP Government Relations and Client Strategy, Nancy Wright, nancy.wright@lightsparkinc.com.

About the Pembina Institute

The Pembina Institute is a non-profit think-tank that advocates for strong, effective policies to support Canada’s clean energy transition. We have offices in Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Ottawa and Toronto. Learn more: www.pembina.org

About Lightspark

Lightspark is a cleantech software company that helps cities and utilities through providing a SaaS (software-as-a-service) platform that makes energy efficiency choices easier for homeowners. Their software is in use in over 14 cities across Canada and helps program planners map the carbon and energy intensity in their residential building stock while providing a consumer-driven application that connects homeowners to energy advisors, trade and financing.

For more information visit lightspark.energy

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