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Program News October 11, 2019

Helping Greenhouses Grow

Ontario’s Greenhouses are a large consumer of electricity across the province, consuming more than 1.4 MWh per year and consumption is expected to grow to 3.9 MWh by 2024.  

The recently released Greenhouse Energy Profile Study summarizes how energy is used across the sector and provides insight into how greenhouses can utilize energy efficiency and innovative solutions to help their businesses grow. 

The energy it takes to power a greenhouse all adds up. Through incentives for equipment upgrades and replacements like switching out lighting or installing high-efficiency pumps greenhouses can significantly reduce the amount of electricity required to grow their crops. 

With opportunities available through the Save on Energy Retrofit program, there is plenty of energy savings potential. 

Visit to learn more.

Training September 30, 2019

Making the case for energy efficiency

Learn how to present and sell the added value of energy-efficiency projects to any client or stakeholder at this Dollar to $ense workshop. This one-day training is coming to Toronto on October 17 – don’t miss out on taking part. Plus, you could receive up to 75 per cent off the workshop cost through Save on Energy incentives. Learn more about our training incentives here.

DATE: October 17, 2019
TIME: 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
LOCATION: The Bond Hotel, 65 Dundas Street East, Downtown Toronto


Events & Meetings September 20, 2019

A quick guide to Retrofit program rules

Having a strong understanding of the Retrofit program rules helps ensure an easy application process for your project. Join us for this 45-minute webinar to learn the ins and outs of the Retrofit program rules.

DATE: September 26, 2019
TIME: 8 a.m. – 8:45 a.m.


Events & Meetings August 20, 2019

Webinar: Retrofit Applications 101 

Find out what technical reviewers are looking for when approving Retrofit applications. In this 45-minute webinar, you will learn tips on how to use the Retrofit portal more effectively, as well as information that can get your applications approved faster.

DATE: August 29, 2019
TIME: 8 a.m. - 8:45 a.m.


Program News July 18, 2019

New incentives through the Retrofit Program

A series of changes to certain measures and incentive levels in the Retrofit program will take effect on August 12, 2019.

New incentives cover products on the market that were identified as a priority by the industry and offer customers more choice to meet their energy-efficiency needs. The additions include more options for LED lighting as well as some prescriptive compressed air measures. 
Retrofit changes also include reductions to incentive levels for some existing lighting measures, with the exception of exit signs and lighting controls.

In addition, the IESO has been working to reduce the processing times for Retrofit applications, and the timelines for review have been reduced to two weeks. With these faster turnaround times, customers are able to begin projects sooner to achieve more savings over the long term. 
For further details on the program changes and a listing of the new measures and incentives, please visit the Retrofit program update webpage.

Please note that the updated Retrofit worksheets will be available on the website on August 12, 2019.

Events & Meetings May 9, 2019

Save on Energy at Energy Solutions Expo

Learn how energy efficiency and Save on Energy programs can benefit businesses, no matter the size or sector, at the Energy Solutions Expo (ESX) on May 29. The Save on Energy team will also be providing an overview on the new Retrofit program portal, and how to use it effectively.

Save 50 per cent with promo code: ESX50.

Learn more about the event

Program News May 2, 2019

Update on the Retrofit program

Starting May 13, 2019 the following changes will take effect.

  • Increasing the minimum incentive levels. For a prescriptive project, the new minimum will be $500 (from $100) and for a custom project, the new minimum will be $1500 (from $500).
    • Customers can still bundle measures within an application to achieve the new minimum incentive level.
  • Placing a cap on prescriptive incentives at the lesser of:
    • the prescriptive incentive amount as shown in the Retrofit Portal; or
    • 50 per cent of the eligible costs, which will now include installation and disposal costs.
  • Removing the Tenant Sub-Metering Advance incentive, a rarely used program option.
  • Performing minor patches and updates to the Retrofit Portal.

Changes will only affect new applications submitted on or after May 13.

If you have any questions about the changes or the Retrofit program in general, please contact or call the Retrofit support line at 1-844-303-5542.

Training April 11, 2019

Training for new Retrofit portal

This webinar will provide an overview of the new Retrofit portal, instructions on how to register for the new portal and "how to" guidance on submitting an application from start to finish.

If you are interested in live webinar training, please register for one of the following sessions:

  • April 17, 9 a.m. – noon (event has ended)
  • April 24, 9 a.m. – noon (event has ended)
  • May 1, 9 a.m. – noon (event has ended)

A detailed user guide as well as a webinar training recording are available on the Retrofit resources and support page.

Training April 11, 2019

Webinar Recording for Lighting Contractors

For lighting contractors: The recording for our second webinar — Drive Customer Sales and Increase Value with Lighting Fundamentals  — is now available. Please email to make a request.

Learn how to use eight lighting fundamental principles to grow customer satisfaction and reduce risk exposure in this free lighting fundamentals webinar.

Request by email

Visit the Knowledge Centre for our first webinar and other resources, to help both you and your customers move forward in your businesses.

Program News April 5, 2019

March 29 webinar slides available

The IESO is now delivering the Retrofit program directly to customers, rather than through local hydro companies. To support this effort, we are launching a new Retrofit Portal on April 8, that offers a streamlined self-application service with improved functionality and enhanced security.

If you missed the March 29 webinar on the program changes and the Retrofit Portal walk-through, the slides can be found here.

For any questions about the Retrofit program and Retrofit Portal, please contact

Events & Meetings March 26, 2019

Webinar - Information on Retrofit program and application portal changes 

Calling all Retrofit applicant representatives and trade allies: Join us on Friday March 29, 2019, between
10 a.m. and 11 a.m.
for an informational webinar on what you need to know about the changes to the Retrofit program and application portal.

Please make a note in your calendar, as no separate invitation will be sent. No pre-registration is necessary. Spaces are limited.

To join the event click here
Webinar password: Changes

  • Please note that if you are experiencing audio difficulties, you can dial into the number below; however, this is a listen only feature.
  • Call-in toll-free number (US/Canada):
    Access code: 668 871 101

Questions about Retrofit may be submitted after the webinar to

Program News March 21, 2019

Save on Energy is changing

The provincial government has announced changes to the Save on Energy suite of programs that will affect a number of the programs supported by contractors and other allies.

Program News March 21, 2019

Updates to the Retrofit Portal 

The Retrofit application portal will not be available between March 31 at 6 p.m. and April 8 at 9 a.m. as we prepare for the launch of a new portal. The new portal will provide a consistent customer experience, improved functionality and enhanced security. During this time you will not be able to create a new application or work on an existing one.  

Training resources on the new portal for Applicants and Applicant Representatives are available; find them here.

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Upcoming training

Save on Energy incentives for training programs can help you develop the skills to select, commission and operate the right energy technology for your customers' homes and businesses.

Energy Efficiency for Building Operators and Maintenance Staff

September 24 - 25, 2019 | Toronto

This interactive course covers how energy behaves, how energy is used in a facility and how it can be controlled across various building systems.

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Certified Energy Manager (CEM)

October 7 - 11, 2019 | Mississauga, ON

The most recognized designation in energy management, providing you wide a range of benefits to help you thrive in your occupation.

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Dollars to $ense Workshop

October 17, 2019 | Toronto

Make the case for energy efficiency. In this workshop, you will learn how to present energy efficiency projects to different stakeholders.

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