Compressed Air | Retrofit Program

By upgrading your customers’ compressed air systems through fixing leaks and matching equipment to their needs, you can help your customers reduce their energy costs and downtime.

Save on Energy retrofit incentives help your customers trim energy and equipment maintenance costs while growing their bottom line. Your customers can receive incentives worth up to 50 per cent of project costs.


Eligibility

What kinds of businesses can receive incentives?

  • Commercial buildings, such as offices, retail and grocery stores, restaurants, hotels and warehouses;
  • Institutional buildings, such as hospitals, schools, universities, colleges, government and civic buildings;
  • Industrial buildings, such as manufacturing facilities and warehouses;
  • Multi-family buildings, such as apartments (including social housing) or condominiums; and
  • Agricultural facilities, such as dairy, swine or poultry farms, greenhouses and nurseries.

Read more about full eligibility requirements here.


Application

Deliver value to your customers by completing incentive applications on their behalf.

There are two ways to get Retrofit incentives—pick a track that best accommodates project needs: prescriptive track or custom track.

  • Prescriptive track applications are ideal for quick system upgrades with incentive levels based on a predefined amount.

  • Custom track applications are designed to provide flexibility for comprehensive projects. Non-lighting incentives are based on the greater of $800/kW demand savings and $0.10/kWh first-year energy savings, up to 50 per cent of total eligible project costs.

Before applying, you and your customer can contact the local hydro company for guidance. Generally, to participate in the incentive program, the project must be pre-approved before work begins.

 

Prescriptive Track Applications

Prescriptive track applications are ideal for quick system upgrades with incentive levels based on a predefined amount.

Complete a prescriptive track application to install a variable frequency drive (VFD) or variable displacement (VD) air compressor. The upgrade can be a planned replacement (requires pre-installation approval by the local utility company) or an unplanned replacement (needs post-installation approval).

Pre-installation approval for planned replacements:

Help your customer avoid disrupted service due to equipment failure and receive their financial incentive before equipment breakdown or failure by following the process below.

Step 1:
Become an applicant representative: To complete the application on your customer's behalf, register here. Your customer will also need an account to submit the application. Go here for worksheets and other documents.

Step 2:
Before purchasing equipment, submit the information requested in the registration process, such as estimated project costs and manufacturer technical information, to your customer’s local hydro company for pre-approval.

Step 3:
Your customer's local hydro company reviews the application and responds in a timely manner. A customer service representative from the company can also assist in completing the form if it requires changes at this point. Once approved, purchase and install the new variable frequency drive (VFD) or variable displacement (VD) air compressor.

Step 4:
After the installation is complete, fill out and submit the post-project submission form, which includes project work details, invoices, and proof of payment, to your customer's local hydro company.

Step 5:
The local hydro company will review the post-project submission and mail your incentive to the customer after it is approved.

Post-installation approval for unplanned replacements

Encourage your customers to be proactive and plan for a replacement before an equipment breakdown or failure. However, if your customer’s packaged compressor does fail unexpectedly, you have up to 45 days to submit an application for incentives up to $10,000 by following the process below.

Step 1:
Purchase and install a replacement variable displacement (VD) or variable frequency drive (VFD) air compressor.

Step 2:
Complete and provide the Save on Energy incentive documentation to your customer’s local hydro company no later than 45 days after project completion. To set up an account, click here. Your customer will also need an account to submit the application.

Step 3:
Your customer's local hydro company will review the application and mail the incentive to your customer after it is approved.

Custom Track Applications

Custom track applications are designed to provide flexibility for comprehensive projects. Non-lighting incentives are based on the greater of $800/kW demand savings and $0.10/kWh first-year energy savings, up to 50 per cent of total eligible project costs.

Custom incentives are based on project specifics, which may include:

  • A description of the facility baseline electricity use;
  • A description of the equipment being replaced;
  • A description of the new equipment;
  • Disposal costs of old equipment;
  • The operating schedule (days per week, hours per day, time of day); and
  • The cost of the new equipment.

Step 1:
Become an applicant representative: Complete the worksheet and pre-project incentive forms on behalf of your customer. Information requested may include product details, calculations and assumptions, as well as a project measurement and verification plan. To set up an account, click here.

Your customer reviews it and submits to their local hydro company for pre-approval. Your customer will also need an account to submit the application.

Step 2:
The local hydro company reviews the application and responds in a timely manner. A customer service representative from the company can also assist in completing the form if it requires changes at this point, or may perform a site visit to verify the baseline electricity consumption data.

Step 3:
Once approval is received, proceed with the compressed air system upgrade.

Step 4:
Complete the agreed upon measurement and verification plan, if applicable, and submit a report to the local hydro company for review. Measurement and verification plans are required for projects that include custom measures with an estimated incentive above $10,000.

Step 5:
Your customer will receive payment once their local hydro company approves the project savings and the resulting incentive payment based on the post-project submission, which includes project work details and proof of payment.

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