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Older electric motors use much more energy than those sold today, especially motors made before minimum energy efficiency standards were introduced in 2006. As a result, businesses often pay far more for energy than they need to.

Businesses can reduce these costs by upgrading to more efficient technology.

Eligibility

All Victorian businesses are eligible to participate.

Your participation is voluntary.

How to organise a motor upgrade

To organise an upgrade to your business’ motor/s, you must work with an accredited provider. Accredited providers deliver or facilitate upgrades/rebates under the VEU program.

To get a rebate, you must install a product labelled as high efficiency on the Greenhouse and Energy Minimum Standards register with a rated output between .75 and 185kW. This ensures that all products meet minimum efficiency, quality and safety benchmarks. To check if a person or business is an accredited provider, go to the Essential Services Commission’s VEU Registry of Accredited Persons and:

  • select the 'Business Name' drop-down menu
  • scroll until you see the accredited provider you are searching for.

Tips when organising an upgrade

  1. Shop around. As with any market, it's worth shopping around and finding the right fit for your business needs.
  2. Ensure the product's suitability is labelled as high efficiency on the Greenhouse and Energy Minimum Standards register and has a rated output between .75 and 185kW.
  3. Search the Essential Services Commission register of products for approved products.
  4. Accredited providers operate freely like any other businesses and can choose what upgrades they deliver, with some keeping waiting lists for activities and may contact you if circumstances change.

Remember to do your research on products. Not all products are of the same quality or suitability for all working environments.

How much rebate can you expect?

High-efficiency MEPS listed motor

To be installed

Indicative rebate*

Minimum size motor of .75 kW

N/A

Small size motor of 15 kW

$240

Median size motor of 75 kW

$840

Maximum size motor of 185 kW

$2,100

Super premium motor

To be installed

Indicative rebate*

Minimum size motor of .75 kW

N/A

Small size motor of 15 kW

$420

Median size motor of 75 kW

$1,440

Maximum size motor of 185 kW

$3,120

*Discount or rebate will vary. These figures are based on a certificate price of $60.

The final price will depend on several factors, including:

  • certificate price
  • type of equipment and efficiency
  • location
  • installation costs
  • administrative costs by accredited providers.

Find an accredited provider in your area

Page last updated: 07/09/22