Farmers interested in propane-powered equipment can take advantage of incentives to make the switch even easier. Incentives are available from both the Propane Education & Research Council and many other organizations.
Propane Farm Incentive Program
Sponsored by the Propane Education & Research Council, the Propane Farm Incentive Program is a research program that provides a financial incentive up to $5,000 toward the purchase of new propane-powered farm equipment. In exchange, participants agree to share real-world performance data with PERC.
Propane-Powered Industrial Engines
New, EPA- and/or CARB-certified industrial engines used for agricultural purposes, typically in pumping applications, can qualify for incentives of $300/liter of displacement, up to $5,000 total. Additionally, EPA- or CARB-Certified dual fuel systems can quality for an incentive up to $3,000.
New, EPA- and/or CARB-certified generators are eligible for incentives when used for agricultural purposes. Prime power generators can qualify for incentives of $30/kW while backup power generators can qualify for incentives of $15/kW.
Propane-Powered Water Heating Systems
New, high-efficiency water heating systems used in agricultural production operations are eligible for an incentive of $2,000. The system must either be installed in new construction or as a conversion from another power source.
Propane-Powered Poultry, Swine, & Greenhouse Heating Systems
New heating systems are eligible for an incentive of $0.10/square foot, up to $2,000 maximum per system, when installed as part of an entire system installation. The complete system must either be installed in new construction or as a conversion from another power source.
Propane-Powered Flame Weed Control
New tractor pulled flame weed control systems are eligible for an incentive of $1500. New push type flame weed control carts are eligible for an incentive of $100.
Getting your incentive dollars is easy. Here’s how the process works:
Step 1: Fill out the online PFIP Application.
Step 2: Once you’re approved to take part in the program, you’ll receive a link via email to a webpage with: the Program Guidelines, the Contact Form/Contract and a W-9 Form, and a Pre-season Survey.
Step 3: After downloading and completing all the forms, send them to PERC, along with proof of purchase (including serial numbers) for all qualifying equipment.
Step 4: In about 30 days, PERC will send you your incentive payment.
Step 5: Watch your inbox at the end of the season for a second survey. You must complete this post-season survey to be eligible for future incentives.
Government and State Programs
Farmers interested in saving money on propane equipment can take advantage of programs offered through national, state, and local organizations. These programs help farmers experience the benefits of propane technology while helping offset the costs of propane equipment.
Follow the links for more information about each program.