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Variable Frequency Drives

VFDs drive powerful savings

Control motors in equipment, pumps and fans for savings up to 40%

Every motor is a candidate for a VFD

Variable frequency drives (VFD) can deliver the biggest savings when applied to motors and pumps in industrial equipment, fans, HVAC and water systems.

Currently, many motors are “always on”, running full out only to be throttled by dampers and valves. This wastes energy and puts extra strain on the motor. VFDs can control and adjust the speed and torque of motors as demands change. That means you save energy and cut costs.

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VFDs should be considered in these applications

Centrifugal pump

Centrifugal fans and pumps









Printing press

Printing presses

Punch press

Punch presses



Milling machines

Milling machines

Managers of commercial or residential high-rise buildings should evaluate their water systems for the application of VFDs. Often, even newer buildings can benefit.

On farms, look at motorized equipment such as conveyors and ventilation fans for savings opportunities.

Savings and daily benefits

Cut costs between 10% and 40%

The savings delivered by VFDs will depend on the size of the motor and hours of operation. However, savings between 10% and 40% are typical, and paybacks can be a matter of months.

Benefits of VFDs beyond savings

VFDs reduce the wear and tear on your motors, which means longer life and reduced maintenance time and costs. Depending on the number of motors, this can be a substantial secondary saving.

Installation can be accomplished in a day for minimal down time.

An audit will identify opportunities

Pumps and motors can be “hidden” deep in equipment and pumping systems. That’s where an audit can be useful to uncover and prioritize your potential savings.

Audits can also identify motors that should be replaced with more energy-efficient alternatives. Audits also qualify for incentives up to 50% of the cost of the audit, up to $25,000.

Premium efficiency motors bring premium benefits

Premium efficiency motors are typically 4% more efficient than standard motors. They’re also higher quality, more reliable and give off less heat. There are two types:

  • Open Drip Proof (ODP) motors are well suited to cleaner applications where dust and dirt won’t contaminate them.
  • Totally Enclosed Fan-Cooled motors (TEFC) are better for spaces with dust or corrosive material.

Incentives for VFDs, replacement motors and custom projects

For Motor Size (hp) Incentive Amount/VFD
1 $50
1.5 $80
2 $105
3 $160
5 $265
7.5 $400
10 $535
15 $805
20 $1,070
25 $1,340
30 $1,610
40 $2,145
50 $2,565
60 $3,220
75 $3,980
100 $4,835

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Hydro One can help you identify savings opportunities and guide you through the process of completing your incentive applications, at no cost to you.

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Case Studies


Kie Farms

Incentive: $21,101


Large Industrial

Fowler Metal

Incentive: $16,200


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