Electrifying the Agricultural Sector
Agriculture is a key economic industry along the Central Coast
The agricultural sector accounts for nearly 8% of California’s total GHG emissions. Here on the Central Coast, the Ag community sprawls across much of 3CE’s service area, playing a pivotal role in regional economics as well as our region’s commitment to sustainability.
Partners in Mitigating Climate Change
Many of 3CE’s Ag customers have already taken steps to reduce the environmental impact of their operations. As a local partner in reducing GHG emissions, 3CE has identified the electrification of the Ag sector as a key opportunity and initiative for future Energy Programs.
Electrification, often referred to as “fuel switching,” has a variety of benefits for ag businesses, the surrounding communities as well as the people who work in the fields every day. Some benefits include; cleaner air for the region, more efficient technology, regional GHG reduction, and cost savings.
Ag Electrification Programs:
Ag Electrification Grant Program
Due to the success of the Ag Electrification Grant Program in 2020, 3CE is reopening the program for 2021.
3CE is offering a total of $400,000 for the Ag sector to apply to the electrification of equipment such as tractors, forklifts, diesel-powered irrigation pumps, light/heavy duty trucks, coolers/boilers and more
Applications will be accepted through April 30th, 2021.
Program launches January 25th, 2021 at 12pm
Each eligible applicants are able to receive up to $20,000 (max 80% of the total project cost).
Programs Under Development:
3CE is excited to receive feedback from its Ag customers about what electrification projects are important to them in order to produce even more meaningful and impactful AG specific energy programs