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SaveONenergy Retrofit Program updated to further help reduce costs

November 3, 2014 - Ontario Power Authority (OPA) has updated the saveONenergy Retrofit Program, providing additional financial incentives for businesses to reduce consumption. Eligible companies can receive financial incentives worth up to 50% of project costs toward modernizing current systems with high-efficiency equipment.

November 3, 2014  By  Anthony Capkun

Key update and new incentives include:

Prescriptive lighting measures

• Receive incentives worth up to:
– $638 per LED exterior area light qualifying for DesignLights Consortium (DLC) Category 1 & 2
– $59 per LED troffers light
– $12 per LED A shaped lamp
– $20 per wet location rated LED PAR

• Lights must be Energy Star-qualified and fixtures must be DLC-certified.


Prescriptive incentives for VFD and variable displacement air compressors

Replace old fixed-capacity air compressors with new variable frequency drive or variable displacement air compressors and receive up to $7500 per compressor and $100 for each zero loss drain installed.

Engineered worksheets for compressed air systems

Incentives are provided at $800 per kilowatt or $0.10/kWh of energy savings from reducing system pressure, fixing leaks, installing refrigerated air dryers and zero-loss drains.

Prescriptive incentives for commercial HVAC system upgrades

• Install hotel suite occupancy controls for HVAC and lighting systems and receive up to $67 per controller.
• Upgrade to ECM motors on HVAC fans and receive up to $0.10 per cfm of rated fan capacity.

Prescriptive incentives for reducing commercial building plug loads

• Receive incentives for Energy Star-certified ice machines of up to $188/machine.
• Install motion sensor-activated vending machine controls and receive up to $193/control.

Prescriptive incentives for commercial refrigeration systems

• Upgrade to Energy Star-certified freezers and receive up to $672/freezer.
• Upgrade to Energy Star-certified refrigerators and receive up to $121/refrigerator.
• Upgrade motors in refrigerator and freezer evaporator fans to ECM motors and receive up to $1130/motor.
• Upgrade to high-efficiency refrigeration compressors and receive up $82/compressor.

Increased agribusiness incentives

• Incentives have been increased for most agricultural focused incentives.
• Examples of the program updates include increased incentives of up to $2000 to install high-volume low-speed fans and up to $187 per high-efficiency exhaust fan installed.

For additional information, including terms and conditions on the saveONenergy Retrofit Program or specific incentives, visit or contact your local distribution company. The saveONenergy For Business programs were developed collaboratively by Ontario’s local electric utility companies (LDCs) and OPA.

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