Ag Electrification Program

Electrifying the Local Ag Industry

Overview

General Overview

CCCE is providing incentives to the Ag sector for the purpose of fuel switching irrigation pumps, refrigeration, space conditioning and other heavy-duty equipment/farm tools from fossil fuels to cleaner all-electric alternatives. The program will be implemented via a first come first served incentive application process.

Benefits

Benefits of Going Electric

  • Ag electrification benefits include; cleaner air for farm workers and for our Central Coast through local GHG reduction, more efficient technology requiring less maintenance, and possible cost savings.
  • This Ag Electrification Program provides higher incentives to small local Agricultural businesses.
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Walkthrough

Program Walkthrough

1

To qualify, the AG customer and the project site must be enrolled in CCCE electric service

2

Funding will be distributed via a first come first served incentive application process

3

Interested customers may apply for specific projects and will be eligible for up to 70-100% of the total project cost, not to exceed $30,000 to support electrification/fuel switching costs. Incentives to be provided at CCCE’s discretion.

Resources

CCCE is electrifying the ag industry by incentivizing all-new agricultural equipment

Improving air quality for surrounding communities and farm workers by reducing local GHG emissions

$600K

Incentives for CCCE’s Ag Electrification Grant Program total $600k and available to agricultural customers in the CCCE service area.

$30K

Customers will be eligible for up to 70-100% of the total project cost (not to exceed $30k) to assist with “fuel-switching” of agricultural equipment.

Savings

All-electric equipment is cost-effective to operate and maintain.

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Similar State Programs

The United States Department of Energy also offers municipalities assistance to decarbonize.  

Application

Ag Electrification Program Application

Before you apply for Central Coast Community Energy's Agriculture Electrification program please review the following eligibility guidelines.

  • Applicant Types
    • Agriculture customers
    • Customers whose primary business is agriculture production and/or agriculture processing.
  • Applicant Eligibility
    • Must be an enrolled CCCE customer in good standing.
    • Customer must be commercial agricultural producer and/or processor.
    • Customers who can confirm small business status will, if awarded, receive enhanced incentives.
      • “Small business” shall be defined as set forth in Government Code Section 14837(d)(1) and mean an independently owned and operated business that is not dominant in its field of operation, the principal office of which is located in California, the officers of which are domiciled in California, and which, together with affiliates, has 100 or fewer employees, and average annual gross receipts of fifteen million dollars ($15,000,000) or less over the previous three years, or is a manufacturer, as defined in subdivision (c), with 100 or fewer employees.
  • Project Eligibility
    • Project site must be enrolled in CCCE electrical service
    • Must include an electrification (fuel switching) measure
  • Project Types
    • Examples of eligible equipment/project types include:
      • High impact projects:
        • Irrigation pumps
        • Chillers/boilers/refrigeration
        • Other heating and cooling equipment (HVAC)
      • Low impact projects:
        • Forklifts
        • Tractors
        • Harvest equipment
        • Utility vehicles/haulers (ATV, OHV, etc.)
        • Medium to Heavy Duty vehicle purchase/replacement
        • Other equipment justified at CCCE’s discretion

Primary Contact

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Ag Electrification Program Application

Before you apply for Central Coast Community Energy's Agriculture Electrification program please review the following eligibility guidelines.

  • Applicant Types
    • Agriculture customers
    • Customers whose primary business is agriculture production and/or agriculture processing.
  • Applicant Eligibility
    • Must be an enrolled CCCE customer in good standing.
    • Customer must be commercial agricultural producer and/or processor.
    • Customers who can confirm small business status will, if awarded, receive enhanced incentives.
      • “Small business” shall be defined as set forth in Government Code Section 14837(d)(1) and mean an independently owned and operated business that is not dominant in its field of operation, the principal office of which is located in California, the officers of which are domiciled in California, and which, together with affiliates, has 100 or fewer employees, and average annual gross receipts of fifteen million dollars ($15,000,000) or less over the previous three years, or is a manufacturer, as defined in subdivision (c), with 100 or fewer employees.
  • Project Eligibility
    • Project site must be enrolled in CCCE electrical service
    • Must include an electrification (fuel switching) measure
  • Project Types
    • Examples of eligible equipment/project types include:
      • High impact projects:
        • Irrigation pumps
        • Chillers/boilers/refrigeration
        • Other heating and cooling equipment (HVAC)
      • Low impact projects:
        • Forklifts
        • Tractors
        • Harvest equipment
        • Utility vehicles/haulers (ATV, OHV, etc.)
        • Medium to Heavy Duty vehicle purchase/replacement
        • Other equipment justified at CCCE’s discretion

Primary Contact

Name(Required)
Email(Required)
Contact Mailing Address(Required)

Secondary Contact

Name
Email
This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

More Info

For additional support, please contact CCCE Staff at programs@3ce.org

CCCE’s First Two Ag Electrification Programs were a fully subscribed success!

In 2020 our initial $160k Ag Electrification Grant Program was fully subscribed with 9 local Ag applicant’s electrification or “fuel-switching” projects to accelerate the adoption of new electric equipment. The success of this program led to our refunding of the program leading to 28 more applications and an additional $400k for a total of $560k in funding made available to our Central Coast Ag customers.

Programs like the Central Coast Community Energy’s Ag Electrification Grant are amazing opportunities for small businesses like ours to grow in line with our values.

Anatum Winery in Watsonville, CA

Anatum Winery received their electric forklift!

Central Coast Community Energy’s Ag electrification grant program means so much to us. It’s already improved our energy and time efficiency. What a gift to run a quieter 2020 harvest with maintenance free electric equipment. We have saved hours in maintenance while reducing our GHG emissions. The benefits of 3CE’s Ag electrification program are priceless to small farmers!

Wild Poppies Olive Oil in Aptos, CA

Wild Poppies received their electric RTV and olive harvesting rakes!