|Clean Diesel Rebate Applications accepted through Dec. 7, 2023
LINCOLN, Neb. — The Nebraska Department of Environment and Energy’s 2023 Clean Diesel Rebate Program is now accepting applications for agricultural irrigation pump diesel engine replacements. Applications must be submitted to NDEE by Dec. 7, 2023, to be considered.
The Clean Diesel Program uses grant funding to reduce public exposure to diesel engine exhaust, which can cause a variety of respiratory problems in addition to contributing to production of harmful ozone.
This year’s funding will assist farmers with the replacement of irrigation pump diesel engines with all-electric equipment. Eligible engines must have been owned by the applicant for at least two years, must be in operating condition, and must have operated at least 250 hours in each of the last two years.
Diesel engines may be replaced with an electric motor to power a surface pump or by connecting an existing submersible pump directly to the electric grid. The replaced diesel engine must be scrapped within 90 days of replacement to insure that its exhaust emissions are completely eliminated.
NDEE will reimburse 60% of the cost of the electrical equipment, installation, and required electric line extension up to a maximum rebate of $20,000. No reimbursements will be made for any expenses incurred before the recipient has signed a project agreement with the Department.
NDEE anticipates funding 35 to 40 irrigation engine rebates under this program.
More information about the Nebraska Clean Diesel Rebate Program, including rebate applications, can be found at NDEE’s Clean Diesel Program webpage: http://dee.ne.gov/NDEQProg.nsf/OnWeb/NCDGP.