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Propane Irrigation Engines Work

Why do producers from California’s Central Valley to Florida’s citrus groves choose propane irrigation engines? With fuel savings of up to 45%, they’re more efficient, more reliable, cleaner, and most cost-effective compared with diesel and electric powered engines. Plus, while electricity can be turned off leaving you unable to irrigate crops during critical periods of time, propane keeps producers in control of their crops.

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operational savings


purchase price savings


less greenhouse gas emissions


Propane’s cost advantages make it a smart business decision. New propane-powered engines typically cost 20% to 40% less than diesel engines for comparable power, and most farmers save 40% or more compared with a diesel-fueled engine. Plus, the Propane Farm Incentive Program and other local incentives, can further reduce upfront costs.

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Clean and Efficient

Propane-powered irrigation engines produce up to 18% fewer greenhouse gas emissions than gasoline and diesel alternatives, and because it’s a nontoxic gas, there’s no need for an EPA spill prevention plan. When compared with natural gas, a propane-powered engine provides 10% more horsepower per unit — that’s more power for your money.

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Advanced Performance

Today’s EPA- and CARB-certified propane-powered engines have been designed and built by leading engine manufacturers specifically to run on propane, eliminating worries about grid-related power interruptions or gas line fluctuations. Modern high-performing propane engines can provide up to 300HP of continuous power, with remote monitoring and operating systems available to help producers better manage their operations.

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The Propane Farm Incentive Program

Earn 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.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What are my first steps for implementing a propane irrigation engine on my operation?

Reach out to a propane supplier in your area to discuss a fueling schedule and contract. Then connect with your equipment dealer for information on the propane irrigation engines that they carry, work together to determine your engine needs, and don’t forget to apply for the Propane Farm Incentive Program once your equipment purchase has been confirmed.

How does the performance of propane-powered irrigation engines compare to the performance of engines powered by other fuels?

Propane is a very efficient fuel for irrigation engines. According to results from the 2014 Propane Farm Incentive Program, producers reported that their new propane-powered irrigation engines performed 28 percent more efficiently and reduced energy costs per hour by 50 percent compared to previously owned diesel units.

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If you’re wondering, “Where can I find a propane supplier near me?” then you’ve come to the right place. Propane is the energy for everyone, and your local propane supplier can help you assess your energy needs for your home or business. They can also answer any questions about what makes propane so affordable, reliable, and versatile. Enter your zip code to find suppliers near you.

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What do I do when my portable propane tank is empty?

When the propane tank you use for grilling or other outdoor appliances is empty, drop it off and purchase a full tank at one of thousands of tank exchanges nationwide. You’ll find them everywhere from hardware and rental stores to grocers, convenience stores, and gas stations. In addition, there are many propane cylinder refilling locations available across the country. Contact your local propane supplier for more information on refilling or exchanging cylinders.

Where can I find someone to service my propane appliances?

Your local propane supplier is an excellent source of information for things like propane appliance servicing and repairs. Contact them with your questions about servicing, repairing, or replacing propane appliances.