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Retrofit program

Keep your small business running efficiently.

For a small business, energy costs can add up. The good news is that the Save on Energy Retrofit program can help you make your business more efficient.

The Retrofit program is designed to provide a variety of options to help you find the right project for your business, regardless of your industry. Under the Retrofit program there are two types of project applications: prescriptive and custom tracks.


1. Prescriptive track

Prescriptive track applications are ideal for quick system upgrades. Incentive levels are based on a predefined amount with applications that are easy to follow and have a fast turnaround.

To participate, your project must be pre-approved. Small projects must be worth a minimum prescriptive incentive of $100.


2. Custom track

Custom track applications are designed to provide flexibility for more comprehensive projects with opportunities for increased energy savings. Incentives are based on energy savings over pre-project baselines. All custom track incentives are capped at 50 per cent of project cost.


Available incentives

 Lighting  Other measures*

The greater of either $400/kW of demand savings


$0.05/kWh of first-year electricity savings

The greater of either $800/kW


$0.10/kWh of first-year electricity savings

*Other measures include lighting controls, rooftop units (RTU), unitary air conditioning and refrigeration.

To participate, your project must be pre-approved. For the custom track application, your project must have an estimated demand reduction of 1 kW or first-year annual energy savings of 2,000 kWh.

Projects must deliver energy savings for at least 48 months.


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 and packaging industries
  • Institutional buildings, including hospitals, universities, municipal halls and arenas
  • Multi-family buildings, such as apartments (including low-income and social housing) or condominiums
  • Agricultural facilities, including dairy, swine or poultry farms, greenhouses and nurseries

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

Retrofit program – eligibility criteria Version 2 | August 2, 2016

Don’t worry about the size of your project. There are other Save on Energy programs that can meet your needs.


Just as in your home, lighting is an important part of making your small business attractive and comfortable, while keeping your operations cost-effective.

The Small Business Lighting program from Save on Energy is a great first step for basic lighting projects to receive up to $2,000 in free upgrades. Businesses can then continue their upgrades beyond this amount through the Retrofit program as necessary. The Retrofit program offers incentives to take on lighting projects to improve your business, paying up to 50 per cent of eligible project costs.


Heating and Cooling

If your small business has a residential-sized cooling unit, the Heating and Cooling program might be right for you. For businesses with larger needs, such as rooftop units or other HVAC equipment, the Small Business Retrofit program can provide additional incentives for upgrades.

Get started by contacting your local hydro company

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