Energy-Efficient Irrigation & Orchards

Irrigation and orchards

It’s all about minimizing your operating costs.

Let Chelan PUD pay for your irrigation upgrades for better performance. Improved system performance means you can meet crop water needs with fewer hours of irrigation—and less money spent on your energy bills.

Extend your motor and equipment life while reducing your maintenance and replacement costs with key hardware upgrades. Chelan PUD will pay for up to 100% on energy-efficient upgrades.

 

What's in It for Me?

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Reduce operating and maintenance costs

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PUD pays up to 100% of your project costs for better equipment

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Better irrigation flexibility and pressure control

 

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What Can Chelan PUD Help Me Pay For?

Your orchard or farm can save money when installing better equipment—and making sure your existing systems are running optimally—with incentives from Chelan PUD.

 

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Pumping Solutions

VFDs on irrigation pumps save you money on energy. More than that, they improve your flow control, reduce the wear and tear on your pumps, easily match your changing irrigation needs, provide consistent pressure, and eliminate water hammer.

Through improved control, you’ll save on reduced maintenance and downtime. Plus, Chelan PUD will pay up to 75% of your project costs.

Learn more

Get started today by talking with your contractor or contact Jim White, our senior energy conservation engineer.

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Ongoing Savings: Moderate to high
Save on irrigation costs on energy bill savings, reduced maintenance, and longer equipment life

upfront investment: 1/3 inexpensive

Upfront Investment: Low to free!
Chelan PUD pays up to 75% of your project costs. Any remaining project costs are eligible for EnergySmart financing

effort: 1/5 easy to 3/5 moderate

Project Effort: Low
Projects are typically quick additions or modifications

 

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Lighting Solutions

Inefficient lights on in empty spaces or outdoors waste your money. Upgrade to efficient, long lasting, and shatter resistant LEDs to reduce your ongoing maintenance and replacement costs and lower your energy bills for years.

High-efficiency lighting fixtures can use up to 90% less energy—and money—and controls save you money by automatically turning lights off in unoccupied spaces or dimming lights in empty outdoor areas, without sacrificing security.

Learn more

Get started today by talking with your lighting contractor or contact Scott Stanford, our commercial energy advisor.

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Ongoing Savings: Moderate to high
Save up to 90% on lighting and maintenance costs for 10+ years

upfront investment: 2/3

Upfront Investment: Low to moderate
Chelan PUD pays up to 75% of your project costs. Remaining project costs are eligible for EnergySmart financing

effort: 1/5 easy to 3/5 moderate

Project Effort: Low
Most relighting projects are quick and easy upgrades

 

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Cooling Solutions

If you have refrigerated areas, consider adding variable frequency drives (VFDs) to your fans. They can reduce your energy consumption—and your energy bills—by up to 70%. VFDs control airflow more effectively by adjusting the speed or torque of your motor instead of by dissipating (wasting) energy.

Beyond energy bill savings, VFDs reduce your ongoing maintenance and replacement costs by extending the life of your fan motors and eliminating over-capacity running. Modern VFDs are easy to configure and ensure more stable temperatures, reducing spoilage. Let Chelan PUD pay for your fan VFDs.

Get started today by contacting Scott Stanford, our commercial energy advisor.

savings: 2/3 leaves

Ongoing Savings: Moderate
Save on cooling costs and reduced maintenance for years

upfront investment: 1/3 inexpensive

Upfront Investment: Low
Chelan PUD pays up to 100% of your project costs

effort: 1/5 easy to 3/5 moderate

Project Effort: Low
Projects are typically straightforward modifications with limited downtime

 

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Cold Storage Solutions

Do you also have cold storage? See our Energy-Efficient Fruit Storage Program for more ways to save.

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Custom Projects

Have another way to save energy for your operation? We can help pay for projects that save electricity.

Contact Scott Stanford, Chelan PUD commercial energy advisor, about your project idea, and we'll see what we can fund.

 

Scott Stanford, Chelan PUD commercial energy advisor, and Jim White, Chelan PUD senior energy conservation engineer

Hi, we're Scott and Jim.

Questions? Talk with Scott Stanford, Chelan PUD commercial energy advisor, at (509) 661-4187 or email scott.stanford@chelanpud.org, or Jim White, Chelan PUD senior energy conservation engineer, at (509) 661-4829 or email james.white@chelanpud.org.

 

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