What is a variable speed drive (VSD)?
A Variable Speed Drive (VSD) is like a ‘dimmer switch’ that automatically reduces the speed of a motor when it is not busy. You may have noticed this effect on escalators which slow down when no one is on them and speed up when in use.
A VSD can dramatically reduce the amount of electricity used by motors used for intermittent jobs e.g. pumps, ventilation fans, air compressors, refrigeration etc.
What is Power NI offering?
Funded by the Northern Ireland Sustainable Energy Programme (NISEP), Power NI are offering grants for commercial customers towards installing a variable speed drive(s) for:
Grant Allocation is based upon the actual energy savings achievable up to a maximum of 35% or £10,000 (whichever is lesser).
How to apply:
1. You must get a quotation from an equipment supplier of your choice.
2. Complete the Grant Application Form including the State Aid Declaration, attached quotation and send to Power NI. The Grant Application Form is available here.
3. Power NI will review and issue a Letter of Offer confirming the grant amount. You will have three months to complete the work.
4. Once you have a Letter of Offer you can order equipment and carry out the installation.
5. Once the installation is complete and supplier has been paid, you can claim your grant from Power NI with proof of payment and supplier invoice.