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Incentives for Your Ag Operation

Center Pivot / Linear Outlet Component Replacement

Earn An Incentive

when replacing all of a system’s existing outlet components

As an EnergyWise℠ partner, your local electric utility wants to help producers make the most of the energy needed for irrigating with all-electric systems. Participating utilities will provide a $500 incentive when producers replace all of a system’s existing outlet components such as sprinkler heads, sprayers, rotators, plates, pads and nozzles, and regulators on qualified systems.

Guidelines
  • The system must be a minimum of four (4) sections in length with water supplied by an all-electric pumping system.
  • The majority of the system’s existing nozzles, sprayers or sprinkler heads must be at least five (5) years old.
  • Where available, refer to the systems sprinkler chart or consult an irrigation specialist to ensure the correct components are installed.
  • After installation is completed, submit a completed application, W-9 form and proof-of-purchase quantifying components to your local public power utility for processing.
  • Program is subject to the terms and conditions as outlined on the application and the General Guidelines.
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Corner Pivot Variable Frequency Drive (VFD)

Earn An Incentive

when installing a VFD into your corner system

VFDs (also referred to as variable speed drives) can reduce output by controlling the motor speed (rpm) rather than having the motor work at a constant, almost full load only to have water flow throttled by the pivot itself. A VFD can reduce the amount of electricity (kilowatt-hours) you use in a season up to 30%. Every system is different so savings will vary. An incentive of $18 per rated horsepower applies.

Guidelines:
  • VFDs installed on existing and new corner pivot systems qualify.
  • Installations for converting single-phase to three-phase power do not qualify.
  • After installation is completed, submit a completed application, W-9 form and proof-of-purchase to your local public power utility for processing.
  • Program is subject to the terms and conditions as outlined on the application and the General Guidelines.
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Hog Heat Mat

Earn An Incentive

on top of the energy savings that heat mats achieve over heat lamps

The hog heat mat program provides incentives to producers that improve the welfare of their litters and save energy.

Guidelines
  • Heat mats must have automatic temperature control.
  • Incentives are only available for swine production operations.
  • Incentive amounts are based on the size of the hog heat mat as follows:
    – Hog heat map ≥ 12″ x 36″ but < 24″ x 36″ = $40
    – Hog heat map ≥ 24″ x 36″ = $80
  • Submit a completed application, W-9 form and proof-of-purchase to your local public power utility for processing.
  • Program is subject to the terms and conditions as outlined on the application and General Guidelines.
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Custom Ag

Earn An Incentive

to reduce your investment costs

In Nebraska, the agricultural sector spends more than $250 million annually for electricity. While your local electric utility offers various EnergyWise℠ incentive programs to help offset the costs of energy efficiency improvements, some projects are unique and do not fit a particular prescriptive program. For these energy-saving opportunities, the Custom Agriculture Incentive Program was developed.

Potential efficiency improvements may include, but not limited to:

  • Irrigation pump replacement or refurbishment.
  • Upgrading to low-pressure pivot or subsurface drip irrigation systems.
  • Ventilation improvements to livestock confinement operations.
  • Lighting upgrades in livestock confinement and feedlot operations.
  • Dairy heat reclaimers.
  • Updating electrically heated livestock watering systems.
  • Insulating electrically space-conditioned surfaces.

Incentives up to $0.01 per kWh saved over the rated life of your project may be available. Contact your local utility to see if you might qualify for one of the efficiency programs listed above or one that could save electricity.

 

Guidelines
  1. Incentives are not available for Energy Efficiency improvements that qualify for other EnergyWise incentive programs.
  2. All equipment associated with Energy Efficiency improvements must be new, installed, and operational at the customer’s existing site.
  3. Customers must provide a complete description of the existing process components, the proposed changes and an explanation of how electricity will be saved.
  4. Applications must be completed, submitted to the customer’s local electric utility and pre-approved by an NPPD consultant before purchase or installation of efficiency improvements.
  5. Project costs less incentives will not reduce the simple payback from energy savings below a two-year period.
  6. Project is subject to the terms and conditions as outlined on the application and the General Guidelines.
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