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

Custom upgrades allow businesses to access discounts or rebates through the Victorian Energy Upgrades program by comparing a baseline energy model with energy use after an upgrade. This method of measuring energy savings is known as the measurement and verification activity and helps businesses to calculate energy savings.

Businesses can claim rebates by calculating the energy saved from a specific upgrade or range of upgrades using industry-standard Measurement and Verification (M&V) techniques.

The majority of other activities used for calculating rebates for a given upgrade are estimated on average values for all activities across Victoria. However, some situations need a more customised approach, and that's where M&V is a good approach.

It is likely to be most appropriate for larger-scale upgrades because the process is relatively complex and therefore involves a greater cost of participation. The types of projects that might be carried out using the activity include industrial and commercial refrigeration and boilers, upgrades to energy-intensive facilities such as hospitals, manufacturers, and data centres, and switching to low-emission fuels.

You may be eligible to access rebates for your energy upgrade project if:

  • your site is non-residential, or your project relates only to the central services of a multi-unit residential building
  • your project will result in lower greenhouse gas emissions

Talk to an Accredited Provider to find out whether M&V will suit your project. You can either work with an existing Accredited Provider or become accredited yourself to access rebates. In either case, it is important to talk to your M&V specialist early and before your upgrade has been carried out.

If you are interested in becoming accredited yourself, please refer to the Essential Services Commission's website for further details.

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

Under the custom upgrade activity, products that are installed do not need to be approved under the program. Make sure that you do your own research on the quality and suitability of the products for all working environments.

Check the level of rebate

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

Find accredited providers in your area