Improving compressed air efficiency is generally the best opportunity industrial companies have to make a significant and immediate impact on their electric bill. After available incentives, these improvements often can be paid back in as little as one year. The Program Administrators offer comprehensive system evaluations and financial incentives for eligible equipment and energy efficiency measures, including:
- New compressors
- Refrigerated dryers
- Additional storage
- Zero-loss condensate drains
- Enhanced controls
- Piping improvements
- Leak repair
This incentive is available to businesses in Massachusetts that are electricity customers of these Program Administrators:
- Cape Light Compact
- National Grid
- Western Massachusetts Electric
Equipment shall be new and shall be installed in a commercial, industrial, institutional, educational, or municipal building within an electric Program Administrator’s service territory
- Only new oil flooded rotary screw compressors for single compressors systems are eligible for prescriptive incentives. Customer measures may be available for scroll, reciprocating, and oil free compressors.
- Only compressors with nameplate horsepower equal to or greater than 15 HP and less than or equal to 75 HP are eligible for Prescriptive incentives. For compressors with capacity rated in kW, rating shall be converted to HP for compliance check [= (kW) /(.746kW/HP)].
- Proposed compressor must have; Load/No Load, Variable Frequency Drive or Variable Displacement capacity control.
- Prescriptive incentives are only applicable to compressors that operate at 145 psi or below.
- Primary storage is required on all projects.
- Compressors must run a minimum of 2,000 hours a year. To calculate run hours, include only the hours that the end uses supplied by the compressor are operational, not the operating hours of the facility.
- Compressors with VFDs must have as a minimum a 3% impedance series reactor in its AC power input connection.
Download the Compressed Air Application Form for complete eligibility details, terms, and conditions or contact your Program Administrator for more information.
Contact your Program Administrator before purchasing and installing any equipment or for more information.
Not sure who your Program Administrator is? The Program Administrator tool (on the right above) provides contact information for your service area.