Irrigation Efficiency Program Frequently Asked Questions

Irrigation Efficiency Program Frequently Asked Questions

Who can participate in this program?

Producers can participate who own an irrigated agricultural operation in Alberta and have completed a Long-Term Irrigation Management Plan.

How are costs shared with producers?

Applicants are eligible to receive either:

  • a) 40% of the eligible costs incurred by the Applicant for equipment upgrades to a maximum of $5000; or
  • b) $15,000 of the eligible costs incurred by the Applicant for an upgrade from a gravity, side-wheel, or a high pressure centre pivot irrigation system to a new low pressure centre pivot (LPCP) system

How many grant payments may producers receive?

A producer who is eligible to receive funding may obtain only one grant payment for each irrigation system upgrade on a specific parcel.

What costs are eligible for reimbursement?

Eligible projects include:

  • Purchase and installation of new low-pressure centre pivot (LPCP) irrigation equipment to replace a gravity, side-wheel or high pressure centre pivot irrigation system
  • Upgrades of high pressure centre pivot systems to LPCP systems
  • Pump modifications as part of an LPCP upgrade
  • Upgrades of existing LPCP systems with high-efficiency nozzles
  • Variable-rate irrigation system components (controllers and software)
  • Upgrades of centre pivot control panels

What costs are not eligible for reimbursement?

Projects that are not eligible include:

  • Purchase and installation of new LPCP irrigation equipment for irrigation expansion
  • Purchase and installation of used irrigation equipment

Are variable-frequency drives and motor efficiency improvements eligible for reimbursement under this program or any other Growing Forward 2 program?

These improvements are not eligible for grant payment under this program, but they could be eligible for a grant payment under the On-Farm Energy Management Program. Applications for the On-Farm Energy Management Program must be approved before purchases are made to be eligible for a grant payment.

What types of sprinkler nozzles are currently considered high-efficiency nozzles?

Senninger i-Wob, Nelson O3000 Orbitor, Nelson A3000 Accelerator, Nelson S3000 Spinner, Nelson D3000 Sprayheads, Nelson R3000 Rotator and Komet Precision Twister (KPT) sprinkler nozzles.

When must equipment have been purchased to be eligible for this program?

Eligible equipment must be purchased after April 1, 2013, and must be operational within six months after an application is approved. A field inspection will be completed to verify installation of the equipment.

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