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Project Incentives

Move your large-scale process and system energy efficiency project forward with Save on Energy Process & Systems Project Incentives.

If you have a complex upgrade project at your facility, you can gain up to 70 per cent of costs back through project incentives.

Project incentives are available for a variety of energy-saving projects. Whether you are installing variable frequency drives on your motors, generating electricity from waste energy recovery or redesigning your entire system, there is an incentive available.


Project incentive comparison

Project incentives are designed for very large process and system energy efficiency projects. The following table compares Process & Systems Project Incentives to Retrofit program incentives.

Project incentive Retrofit program
Incentive The lesser of:

Up to 70 per cent of project costs


$200 per MWh of annual electricity savings
The lesser of:

Up to 50 per cent of project costs for Custom projects


$100 per MWh of annual savings for non-lighting projects
Measurement and Verification (M&V) terms One year Less than one year
Payment terms A) Advance payment:
50 per cent paid upon approval; balance after project completion and M&V.

B) Deferred payment: Payments are made after project completion and M&V.
Payment is made after any applicable M&V has been completed in addition to Retrofit program payment requirements.


To be eligible for project incentives, your organization must operate a single facility that is connected to a local hydro company distribution network. The proposed project must be in service before December 31, 2020 and provide annualized electricity savings of more than 300 MWh.

Please note that the following projects do not qualify for project incentives unless otherwise approved in writing by the local hydro company: lighting, demand response or fuel-switching projects.

How to get started

The application process for project incentives is outlined below. Please contact your local hydro company to find a representative who can provide you with relevant documents and assist you in completing your application.

Step 1:

Contact your local hydro company. An account manager will assist you throughout the application process.

Step 2:

Complete and submit the Project Application in the Application Workbook along with your supporting information (e.g. Engineering Feasibility Study) and electricity bills, or billing data, to your local hydro company. Your local hydro company will then submit your application for technical review. If any application details are missing or additional data is required, the technical reviewer may request this information from you.

Step 3:

Once the review is complete, you will receive a project approval letter and measurement and verification plan.

Step 4:

Once the contract is signed, you can begin construction on your project.

Find your local program provider

Enter your postal code below to find out who to contact to apply for Project Incentives.

Note that some postal code areas are served by more than one hydro company.