Refrigeration equipment rebates for non-profit organizations

If you’re a co-op or Indigenous housing provider, or a non-profit or charity providing services to income-qualified people, take advantage of our rebates on ENERGY STAR® fridges, freezers, ice machines and more.

Eligibility

  1. You must be a commercial FortisBC or municipal electricity customer of Grand Forks, Penticton, Summerland or Nelson Hydro.
  2. You must be a registered charity providing assistance to income-qualified persons, or a housing provider that is:
    1. a local government
    2. housing society registered under the Societies Act
    3. a housing co-op registered under the Cooperative Association Act or
    4. a governing body of an Indigenous band, provided the housing is primarily for income-qualified households
  3. You must be either the registered owner, long-term leaseholder, or property manager of the premises.1
  4. You must submit an application and supporting documentation no later than 365 days after the purchase date of the product(s) and install the product within 180 days of submitting the application and supporting documentation.

Review all the terms and conditions.

Rebate details

Energy efficiency ratings are based on ENERGY STAR certification requirements, available at energystar.gov.

Commercial refrigerators and freezers

ENERGY STAR certified commercial fridges or freezers are rated to be 20 per cent more energy efficient than standard efficiency models.

Type Rebate Requirements
ENERGY STAR glass door refrigerator less than 425 L (15 cu. ft.) $220 per appliance
425 to 850 L (15 to 30 cu. ft.) $285 per appliance
850 to 1,416 L (30 to 50 cu. ft.) $350 per appliance
greater than 1,416 L (50 cu. ft.) $400 per appliance
ENERGY STAR solid door refrigerator less than 425 L (15 cu. ft.) $250 per appliance
425 to 850 L (15 to 30 cu. ft.) $320 per appliance
850 to 1,416 L (30 to 50 cu. ft.) $400 per appliance
greater than 1,416 L (50 cu. ft.) $500 per appliance
ENERGY STAR glass door freezer less than 425 L (15 cu. ft.) $250 per appliance
425 to 850 L (15 to 30 cu. ft.) $550 per appliance
850 to 1,416 L (30 to 50 cu. ft.) $900 per appliance
greater than 1,416 L (50 cu. ft.) $1,450 per appliance
ENERGY STAR solid door freezer less than 425 L (less than 15 cu. ft.) $200 per appliance
425 to 850 L (15 to 30 cu. ft.) $400 per appliance
851 to 1,416 L (30 to 50 cu. ft.) $650 per appliance
greater than 1,416 L (greater than 50 cu. ft.) $900 per appliance

Display cases

Upgrades such as LED lighting sensors and door controls can help save electricity costs and make products look attractive.   

Type Rebate Requirements
Anti-sweat heater humidistat control low temperature (reduces anti-sweat heater run time by at least 50 per cent) $73 per linear foot of display case
  • must control the anti-sweat heater load of reach-in doors, which includes any heating element in door rail, glass and frame
medium temperature (reduces anti-sweat heater run time by at least 80 per cent)
Refrigerated display case with doors medium temperature: 0 to 5 °C $115 per linear foot of display case
  • must replace a vertical model without doors and have a temperature of 0 to 5 °C
Refrigerated display case night cover $30 per linear foot of display case
  • night covers should not be in use prior to rebate application
  • when in use, must be applied for at least six hours in a 24-hour period
Refrigerated display case occupancy sensors low temperature $1.50 per linear foot of display case
  • must use a motion sensor to activate a lighting control system that reduces permanently installed LED lighting to 20 per cent or less of a full load when area is unoccupied, as indicated on manufacturer’s specification sheet
medium temperature

Electronically commutated motor systems

Upgrading your refrigeration system motors can help save electricity costs.

Type Rebate Requirements
Electronically commutated motor systems low temperature $75 per motor
  • all makes and models are eligible.
  • entire motor replacement only
medium temperature $77.50 per motor

Floating head pressure controls

These controls help hold temperature better, helping to reduce product loss and save electricity costs. 

Type Rebate Requirements
Low temperature condensing unit $175 per unit
  • controls must have a programmed minimum saturation temperature of 21 °C or less
  • compressor must be 1 hp or greater
Medium temperature condensing unit
Low temperature remote condensing unit
Medium temperature remote condensing unit

Ice machines

ENERGY STAR certified commercial ice machines or ice makers are rated to be 15 per cent more energy efficient and 20 per cent more water efficient than standard-efficiency models.

Type Rebate Requirements
ENERGY STAR commercial ice machine – continuous self-contained less than 79 kg (175 lb) harvest per day $85 per machine must be on the ENERGY STAR list of certified commercial ice machines
greater than 79 kg (175 lb) harvest per day $260 per machine
ENERGY STAR commercial ice machine – continuous ice making head unit less than 204 kg (450 lb) harvest per day $125 per machine
greater than 204 kg (450 lb) harvest per day $225 per machine
ENERGY STAR commercial ice machine – continuous remote condensing unit less than 454 kg (1,000 lb) harvest per day $130 per machine
greater than 454 kg (1,000 lb) harvest per day $250 per machine

Refrigeration controls

Auto-closers for doors and fan controllers help reduce the need for staff to close cooler and freezer doors manually and help maintain temperature conditions, thus saving electricity.

Type Rebate Requirements
Auto-closers for cooler and freezer doors $75 per door
  • must be installed on existing walk-in or reach-in cooler
Evaporator fan controllers for walk-in coolers and freezers $115 per controller
  • must reduce the airflow of evaporator fan in an existing walk-in cooler or freezer when the compressor cycles off and no refrigerant flows through the evaporator
  • must reduce fan motor power by at least 75 per cent during the compressor off cycle

Vending machine controllers

Installing vending controllers on existing machines can help save energy and maintain products during periods of low use.

Type Rebate Requirements
Vending machine controller $200 per controller
  • only retrofits of existing vending machines are eligible for rebates
  • must be plugged into a standard refrigerated vending machine, not an ENERGY STAR certified model
  • must be capable of periodically powering up vending machine to maintain product
  • must power down the compressor and lighting when the surrounding area has been unoccupied for 15 minutes or more

How to apply

  1. Purchase and install qualifying equipment.
  2. Apply online for your refrigeration equipment rebate or email your completed rebate application and supporting documentation to businessrebates@fortisbc.com with the following information:
    • your FortisBC electricity account number or municipal account number from Penticton, Summerland, Grand Forks or Nelson Hydro
    • your email
    • scanned or PDF copies of all paid receipts for the purchase and installation of products relevant to the rebate you are applying for

Ensure all receipts are marked “paid,” clear, legible, itemized and indicate relevant information such as brand, model number and any other required information in your application.


Start your rebate application

Planning renovations in a multi-unit residential building?

Want your social housing multi-unit residential building to be more energy efficient? You can get funding for an energy study, project implementation support and rebates on a wide range of energy efficiency measures through the Social Housing Retrofit Support Program.

We’re here to help

If you have questions, contact your electricity technical advisor, call 1-866-436-7847 or email businessrebates@fortisbc.com.

1Property managers can apply for rebates on behalf of owners if they have legal authority and permission to bind them to the terms and conditions.