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Motors and drives keep the wheels of progress moving forward for many Oregon businesses. Variable frequency drives (VFD) can be installed for a wide range of applications, including fans, pumps, and motors.

  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 system upgrades outlined in the table below. Incentives are subject to funding availability and may change.

System Incentive
Industrial Fan VFD, New or Retrofit $500-$3,750 per installed VFD, up to 22.5hp

Cooling tower fan VFD and general-purpose industrial fan VFDs using 22.6-100hp can receive $0.30 per kWh saved, up to 70% of eligible project cost. Cash incentives are calculated based on operating hours and usage. Must receive pre-approval before starting 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.

Green Motor Rewind

Incentive amount: $1.00 per hp, instant discount

Work with your vendor or find and contact an Energy Trust trade ally contractor or vendor in your area to learn more and apply for cash incentives. Incentive is given in the form of an “instant discount” on the rewind invoice. No forms are required.

Visit for more information. To participate, you need to have the motor rewound by a member service center (list available on the Green Motors Practices Group website).

Incentives are subject to funding availability and may change. Offer valid until September 30, 2023.


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