Refrigeration Program

Grocery stores, convenience stores, and restaurants use significant amounts of energy for refrigeration. A grocery store’s refrigeration can account for more than 50% of the electricity bill. The Commercial Refrigeration Program encourages energy efficient equipment upgrades and energy saving actions. These upgrades reduce energy consumption and costs while providing many non-energy benefits.


  • lower energy bills;
  • lower operating and maintenance costs;
  • increased comfort in refrigeration aisles for customers and employees;
  • reduced product spoilage;
  • extended equipment life;
  • less energy use, which helps conserve non-renewable resources and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Incentives and eligibility

We offer a variety of incentives (PDF, 78 KB) for energy efficient refrigeration technologies. To be eligible for incentives, you must:

  • be a Manitoba Hydro customer eligible for the General Service electricity rate;
  • be the end user of the refrigeration equipment (i.e. not a vendor, manufacturer, or installer);
  • use the refrigeration equipment in a commercial capacity and not a residential (e.g. individual apartment suites, hotel rooms, senior citizen housing units);
  • remain a customer of Manitoba Hydro for a minimum of 3 years after the date of the incentive payment.

How to take part

  • Select the energy efficient commercial refrigeration products that you want to install.
  • Submit your completed Commercial Refrigeration Program Application (PDF, 560 KB).
  • Your application is pre-approved by Manitoba Hydro (pre-approval is not required for evaporator efficiency controls).
  • Purchase and install your energy efficient measures.
  • Submit your completed documentation:
    • Completion Declaration and Questionnaire;
    • itemized invoices (request from your vendor, manufacturer, installer or contactor);
    • copy of Certificate of Approval/electrical inspection (if applicable).
  • Post-inspection walk-through is arranged by Manitoba Hydro.
  • Incentive cheque is mailed to you, or your vendor or installer.

For more information, email us, or phone 204-360-3676 or toll-free 1-888-624-9376.