Article Courtesy of Lancaster Farming
WASHINGTON — The Propane Education & Research Council has announced the release of the 2016 Propane Farm Incentive Program, a nationwide research and demonstration initiative offering farmers purchase incentives of up to $5,000 toward new propane-powered farm equipment.
Sponsored by PERC, the program offers $300 per liter of engine displacement for irrigation engines, $30 per kilowatt for prime power propane generators and 10 cents per square foot for propane-powered agricultural heating systems.
The incentive program helps offset the costs of new agriculture equipment in exchange for real-world performance data and customer feedback.
“New generation propane-powered farm equipment is extremely efficient, reliable and cost-effective,” said Cinch Munson, PERC’s director of agriculture business development. “The Propane Farm Incentive Program helps farmers experience the many benefits of propane equipment first-hand, while providing us with valuable information to continue to improve new propane technology.”
Participants from the 2014 incentive program reduced fuel costs by more than 40 percent by switching to emissions-compliant, propane-powered irrigation engines.
Additionally, new-generation propane-powered engines produce 20 percent fewer emissions than gasoline engines and 11 percent fewer emissions than similar diesel-powered systems.
Producers can apply for the incentives by completing an online application. For more information and a list of eligible equipment, visit www.propane.com/farmincentive.