Manitoba has become a major leader in earth energy systems also known as geothermal or ground source heat pumps. We are an activity hub for North American geothermal installations. These systems provide the lowest cost heating and cooling in the world. Instead of burning fossil fuels or powering an electric element, a pump moves heat into or out of the ground. The only ongoing cost is electricity to run the pump and circulate the hot or cool air. By installing a geothermal system, average homes could reduce greenhouse gas emissions by five tonnes each year.
Manitoba now has between 25% and 30% of all geothermal system installations in the country and 56% of Canada's geothermal installers are trained in Manitoba.
The Province of Manitoba currently offers two types of incentives to encourage the use of geothermal for heating and cooling: