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Variable frequency drives (VFDs) can help your facility significantly reduce electricity costs. Energy Trust offers cash incentives on VFDs for industrial fans.

  1. Establish your eligibility.

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    Energy Trust provides cash incentives to Oregon businesses for energy-efficiency and renewable energy projects. To qualify, you must:

    • Be served by Portland General Electric or Pacific Power and contribute to the public purpose charge. Check your utility bill or contact us if you have questions.
    • Have a project site in Oregon.
  2. Select equipment that qualifies for Energy Trust incentives.

    Your trade ally or vendor can help you get started. Be sure to check all of the “Qualifying Criteria” on the pumps or forms incentive application to ensure that your equipment qualifies for Energy Trust incentives.

  3. Purchase and install equipment.

  4. Complete the appropriate incentive application for your cash incentive.

    You must return a completed and signed incentive application with your invoices for your equipment to Energy Trust within 180 days of purchase and before the end of the calendar year to receive your incentive.

See incentives available for VFD upgrades outlined in the table below. Incentives are subject to funding availability and may change.

System Incentive
Industrial Fan VFD, New or Retrofit $200-$4,500 per installed VFD, up to 22.5hp

Cooling tower fan VFD and general-purpose industrial fan VFDs using 22.6-100hp can receive $0.45 per kWh saved, up to 90% of eligible project cost. Cash incentives are calculated based on operating hours and usage. Contact the program before getting started on your project.

If you’re planning a larger VFD system upgrade (over 100hp), Energy Trust can help with technical assistance and work with you to create a customized incentive offer for your scoped project. For more information about larger projects, visit our custom energy-efficiency projects information page.


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