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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 who own or lease a parcel of irrigated land in Alberta.

A Long-Term Irrigation Management Plan is required for each parcel/irrigation system upgrade.

How are costs shared with producers?

Applicants are eligible to receive either:

  • a) 40% of the eligible costs incurred by the applicant, up to a maximum of $5,000, for equipment upgrades on the parcel or for an upgrade on the parcel from an existing irrigation system to a surface drip irrigation system
  • 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 or a subsurface drip irrigation 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 to a maximum of $150,000 each fiscal year for several parcels.

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
  • Retrofit of high pressure centre pivot systems to LPCP systems, including end gun booster pumps and trimming of pump impellers
  • Upgrades of existing LPCP systems with high-efficiency nozzles
  • Variable-rate irrigation system components (controllers and software)
  • Upgrades of centre pivot control panels
  • Purchase and installation of a surface drip irrigation system (minimum 10 acres), including upgrades of a LPCP with a precision mobile drip irrigation system
  • Purchase and installation of a subsurface drip irrigation system (minimum 20 acres) to replace a gravity, side-wheel or high pressure centre pivot irrigation system

What costs are not eligible for reimbursement?

Projects that are not eligible include:

  • Purchase and installation of 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 program?

These improvements are not eligible for a grant payment under this program, but they could be eligible for a grant payment under the Farm Energy and Agri-Processing Program with funding from the Alberta Climate Leadership Plan.

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, 2018, 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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