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Motors and Drives

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. Green Motor Rewinds can restore or maintain your motor’s original efficiency.

  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.

  3. Receive an incentive offer from Energy Trust.

    Review the offer, provide your utility account number, signed W-9, mailing address, site address and estimated project completion date. You must return the signed incentive offer to the Energy Trust contact listed on the form before ordering or purchasing the equipment. 

  4. Purchase and install the equipment.

    After you return the signed incentive offer, then purchase and install the equipment.

  5. Sign the Project Completion Form.

    Once your project is completed, you will receive a Project Completion Form from Energy Trust, which must be returned with your invoice(s) for the equipment purchased.

  6. Receive your incentive.

See incentive available for VFD systems (up to 100hp) outlined in the table below. Cash incentives are calculated based on operating hours and usage. Maximum incentive limits differ by participating utility.

Participating Utility Incentive Maximum Incentive Limit*
Portland General Electric $0.30 per kWh saved, up to 70% of eligible project costUp to $40,000
Pacific Power$0.30 per kWh saved, up to 70% of eligible project costUp to $10,000, if project's calculated energy savings is less than 100,000 kWh

Up to $15,000, if project's calculated energy savings is 100,000 kWh or more

*Limited to one application for each eligible system type per site in 2021. Eligible system types include cooling tower fan VFDs, dairy vacuum pump VFDs and general purpose industrial fan VFDs.

If you’re planning a larger VFD upgrade (over 100hp), you may qualify for a custom project. Energy Trust can help with technical assistance and custom cash incentives for system upgrades. For more information about custom incentives, visit our incentive page for custom energy-efficiency projects.

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 www.greenmotors.org 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.

Questions?

Call us at 503.928.3154 or email streamlinedindustrial@energytrust.org.