Victorian Energy Upgrades can help you save money on upgrade costs, reduce your energy bills and help the environment.

Lighting technology has developed quickly over the last few years. LEDs are not only more efficient than older technologies such as incandescent, fluorescent tubes and mercury vapour lamps, but they also have good light quality and instant start up-times. They typically have long lifetimes, which means you won’t have to replace them as much, saving you money upfront and in the long-run.

The Victorian Government is committed to helping businesses reduce their energy costs. We are helping you receive rebates or discounts through businesses accredited under the program (Accredited Providers) for replacing old lighting equipment or installing energy control systems.

Participation example

Indicative rebate*

A supermarket in metropolitan Victoria replaces 20 metal halide lamps (each 150W lamps) with 20 LED high bays (70W) in its open-air carpark.


A sports club in regional Victoria replaces 40 metal halide lamps (2000 watts per lamp) with 40 LED high bays (1200 watts per lamp) to upgrade its sports field.


*Discount or rebate will vary – these figures are based on a certificate price of $17. The final price could be higher or lower. Final price will depend on several factors including certificate price, type of equipment and efficiency, location and administrative costs by Accredited Provider.

How to get involved

All businesses with outdoor lighting equipment are eligible to participate.

To participate, you must work with a business approved to deliver, or facilitate upgrades under the program. These businesses are known as Accredited Providers.

You can find an Accredited Provider and the type of service they offer on the Essential Services Commission's (ESC) website. On the ESC's website, search by VEEC Activity Types and select NBB Lighting Upgrade.

Tips for participating

As with any market, it's worth shopping around and working out the right fit for your needs. Follow these tips when participating:

Check out Accredited Providers

There is a range of businesses accredited under the Victorian Energy Upgrades program offering different types of products, services, expertise and costs. 

Ensure the product's suitability

To participate, you must install an approved product. The administrator of the program, the Essential Services Commission, approves products to ensure they meet minimum efficiency, quality and safety benchmarks. However, be sure to do your own research before proceeding as there can be many approved products and not all products are of the same quality or suitability for all working environments.

Check the level of rebate

The amount of rebate an Accredited Provider gives to its customers for participating in Victorian Energy Upgrades can vary.

Page last updated: 29/01/20