Most lighting measures previously available as part of the Retrofit program are now offered through the Save on Energy Instant Discounts Program. Please visit the Instant Discounts Program page for more information.

About the Retrofit program

Incentives to help speed up your payback on energy-efficiency equipment upgrades.

The Save on Energy Retrofit program offers businesses incentives to upgrade equipment, reduce energy bills, lower carbon footprints and enhance staff comfort. The program offers financial incentives through two streams.

Custom Stream

The custom stream offers financial incentives for businesses to undertake larger, more complex retrofit projects, that are more reflective of the participant’s actual operating conditions. The custom stream is structured to accommodate a wide range of project types to help participants capture greater energy savings.

Prescriptive Stream

The prescriptive stream offers financial incentives for targeted retrofits, helping participants upgrade to more energy-efficient equipment. The prescriptive stream, which focuses on commonly used products and technologies, is suitable for more typical upgrades of equipment.

Businesses can receive incentives for a variety of energy-efficient measures available in three areas: Lighting controls, HVAC, and Manufacturing and other equipment.


Greenhouse Stream

Incentives are available as part of the Retrofit program for horticulture lighting, both top lighting and inter-lighting, and advanced lighting controls for greenhouses across the province. For Greenhouses in the Southwest region of the province, incentives are available for Distributed Energy Resources (DERs), including incentives for photovoltaic (PV) systems in combination with battery storage. Learn more about the Greenhouse Stream.


Incentives for Distributed Energy Resources in Ottawa

The Save on Energy Retrofit program is offering an incentive of $860/kW AC for the installation of large solar photovoltaic (PV) systems for businesses in Ottawa. This incentive is intended for commercial, industrial and institutional participants who are interested in behind-the-meter solar installations to displace their load and reduce their demand on the grid. Learn more about this measure.


Retrofit incentives are available to owners or lessees* of:

  • commercial spaces or buildings, such as offices, retail and grocery stores, restaurants, hotels and warehouses
  • industrial facilities, in sectors such as food and beverage, automotive, plastics, steel, mining, paper and chemical industries, among others
  • institutional buildings, including hospitals, universities, municipal facilities
  • multi-family buildings, such as apartments (including social housing) or condominiums
  • agricultural facilities, such as dairy, swine and poultry farms, greenhouses and nurseries, among others.

*If you lease, you must have the owner’s consent or authorization to participate.

What types of projects are eligible?

Projects eligible for the Retrofit program are generally those that provide sustainable, measurable and verifiable reductions in peak electricity demand and electricity consumption. Project incentives are available for a variety of products and technologies to continue to help businesses save on energy costs and increase their competitiveness.

Examples of eligible projects include:

  • lighting controls
  • HVAC redesign
  • chiller replacement
  • variable-speed drive installations
  • custom equipment retrofits

Speak to your Save on Energy representative to find out how the Retrofit program can meet your needs.

Ready to start a retrofit project for your business?
There are two ways we can help:

Option One

Call us at


for application support or general questions.

Option Two

Provide us with information about your project and we’ll call you back to provide tailored advice.

Ready to get started? Sign up for the Retrofit portal.