Since 2011, Hydro-Québec has provided financial assistance to agricultural, commercial, institutional and industrial customers seeking to implement energy efficiency measures through the Efficient Solutions program. In 2021, it generated more than 405 GWh in energy savings.
Historically, smaller businesses have shown significantly less interest in energy efficiency programs, and Hydro-Québec recently adapted the Efficient Solutions program in response to their needs. Since May 9, 2022, small businesses (e.g., offices, restaurants, bars, grocery shops, convenience stores, retail stores, auto repair shops, etc.) can benefit from enhanced financial support to cover up to 90 percent of eligible additional costs. The minimum threshold was lowered to $1,000 in financial assistance to encourage the participation of smaller projects. An incentive is also available to aggregators and partners that submit projects on behalf of customers.