Variable speed drive rebates

If your commercial or industrial facility uses equipment such as kitchen exhaust, compressors or irrigation pumps, retrofitting existing motors or fans with variable speed drives can help adjust speed to the need, reduce wear and tear on motors, and save on energy costs for your business.


  1. You must be a commercial, industrial or irrigation FortisBC or municipal electricity customer of Grand Forks, Penticton, Summerland or Nelson Hydro.
  2. You must be an owner or long-term leaseholder of an existing commercial or industrial building.
  3. You must submit an application and supporting documentation no later than 365 days after the purchase date of the product(s) (as shown on the paid invoice) or installation date, whichever is first.

Review all the terms and conditions.

Rebate details

Only retrofits of existing equipment with variable speed drives are eligible for rebates.

Type   Rebate Requirements
Variable speed drives 20 hp or greater $80 per motor hp
  • must be retrofitted to an existing motor that has not been previously integrated with a variable speed drive
  • must be retrofitted to a motor running a minimum of 2,000 hours per year
  • must control the motor's frequency in response to a variable load
  • variable speed drives used for soft start only are not eligible
less than 20 hp $100 per motor hp

How to apply

  1. Purchase and install eligible equipment/products. Note: some products may be eligible for point-of-sale FortisBC rebates. Visit our Trade Ally Network equipment supplier directory and look for this  icon.
  2. Alternatively, apply online for your variable speed drive rebates 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
  3. 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.

Note: the rebate application link below takes you to Account login. Once you've registered and/or logged in you can start your rebate application. Hint: we recommend using Google Chrome® for the best experience.

Start your rebate application

For more tips on using the online rebate application, read our how-to guide.

Save on variable speed drives for irrigation

We also offer rebates on variable speed drive retrofits for irrigation pumps.

Point-of-sale instant rebates

Looking to purchase high-efficiency equipment and products directly from a supplier? Check out our Trade Ally Network commercial equipment supplier directory. These businesses can help you identify FortisBC rebate-eligible products and participating point-of-sale partners with the instant_rebate_icon icon may offer our rebates at the point of sale. Search the directory.

We’re here to help

If you have questions, call 1-866-436-7847 or email [email protected].