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Incentives/Policies for Energy Efficiency

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Agricultural Lighting and Equipment Rebate Program   

Last DSIRE Review: 08/20/2014
Program Overview:
State: Vermont
Incentive Type: State Rebate Program
Eligible Efficiency Technologies: Refrigerators, Lighting, Lighting Controls/Sensors, Heat recovery, Compressed air, Motor VFDs, Processing and Manufacturing Equipment, Agricultural Equipment, Custom/Others pending approval, Unspecified Technologies, Commercial Refrigeration Equipment, LED Lighting, Engine Block Heater Timers
Applicable Sectors: Agricultural
Amount:Varies according to technology; prescriptive and custom rebates available
Equipment Requirements:Must be new
Installation Requirements:Must be installed in agricultural operations; rebate reservation is required and pre-approval is required for projects with rebate payments greater than $5000.
Funding Source:Efficiency Vermont Public Benefit Fund
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Note: For lighting and equipment purchased and installed between 07/01/14 and 12/31/14, a rebate bonus is available for 30-80% of the equipment's average cost.*

In Vermont, agricultural operations are eligible for prescriptive and customized incentives on equipment proven to help make farms more efficient. Prescriptive rebates are available for lighting (free to $175 per fixture, depending on the type of fixture or lighting) and for a variety of equipment including plate coolers, variable speed milk transfer systems, heat recovery units, milk vacuum pumps VFD and sap vacuum pumps VFD, among others. Several rebates target dairy farmers specifically.

Customized rebates may be available for additional items. Efficiency Vermont is available to work with agricultural operations to find the best opportunities for efficiency upgrades. Call Efficiency Vermont at: 888-921-5990 ext. 1053 to talk with the Farm Project Manager.  All rebates must be reserved and larger projects must be pre-approved.

Note: Customers of Burlington Electric Department (BED) should contact BED directly.


*For pre-approved ventilation fan projects, this rebate bonus is available for equipment purchased and installed between 07/01/14 and 11/30/14.

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Efficiency Vermont
128 Lakeside Avenue
Suite 104
Burlington, VT 05401
Phone: (888) 921-5990
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Disclaimer: The information presented on the DSIRE web site provides an unofficial overview of financial incentives and other policies. It does not constitute professional tax advice or other professional financial guidance, and it should not be used as the only source of information when making purchasing decisions, investment decisions or tax decisions, or when executing other binding agreements. Please refer to the individual contact provided below each summary to verify that a specific financial incentive or other policy applies to your project.

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