Gobbling Up Savings: LED Lighting in Turkey Barns

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  Campaign Overview

Gobbling Up Savings

CERTs is helping turkey farmers reduce energy use by upgrading to LED lighting in their barns.

Switching from high pressure sodium or incandescent lighting to LED lighting presents the greatest savings opportunity.

Local and federal funding is available to help Minnesota poultry farmers move forward with on-farm lighting retrofits. CERTs is here to help you as a turkey farmer understand and apply for these funds.

Check out the resources below to learn more about LED lighting and available funding, and fill out a form to request assistance when you’re ready!
 

  Steps You Can Take to Get Started

  1. Learn about LED lighting for turkey barns
  2. Take an inventory of existing lighting
  3. Run the numbers
  4. Get help from CERTs
  5. Get available rebates from your electric utility
  6. Decide which USDA funding you want to pursue, if any
  7. Get started with USDA NRCS EQIP
  8. Get started with USDA RD REAP
     
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Learn about LED lighting for poultry barns

Reduce energy use and save money by upgrading to LED lighting in your barns. Switching from high pressure sodium or incandescent lighting to LED lighting presents the greatest savings opportunity.

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Take an inventory of existing lighting

Barns with mostly incandescent or high pressure sodium light bulbs currently are your best bet for an upgrade.

  • Write down the types (e.g., incandescent, CFL, high pressure sodium), quantity, and power consumption (in watts) of each bulb type as you walk through your barns
     
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Run the numbers

The project should make good economic sense for your business before any incentives.

  • Use this calculator to determine the energy costs of your existing lighting technology and compare it to LED lighting technology (If you’re switching from incandescent to LED, assume 12 W for the proposed system. If you’re switching from high pressure sodium to LED, be sure to add the ballast energy use (40 W typically) onto the bulb’s energy use, assume 54 W for the proposed system. For just ball park numbers, assume $45 to upgrade each fixture.)
  • Or… Complete the calculations on our Action Steps handout.
     
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Get help from CERTs

CERTs can answer questions about LED lighting for turkey barns and will guide you through the three funding options available for barn lighting retrofits.

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Get available rebates from your electric utility

CERTs can help you connect with your electric utility to be sure you get all the rebates ($$$) you can.

  • When you note your electric utility on this form on our website, we will send you relevant rebate information from your utility
  • View the funding comparison chart list to see how utility rebates compare to federal funding
     
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Decide which USDA funding you want to pursue, if any

The two federal funding programs suggested to you through this campaign have significant differences. We’ve done our best to layout the key considerations for you in this funding comparison chart.

Note: The audit through EQIP can be used as the energy evaluation for any of the three funding options (utility rebates, EQIP project funding, REAP grants or loans). The cost of the audit is generally covered in full by NRCS (it’s nearly free!).

  • Use the funding comparison chart list to decide which federal funding option fits your needs
  • Call CERTs to talk through the options available – we’re here to help!
     
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Get started with USDA NRCS EQIP

USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) helps farmers evaluate energy saving opportunities and provides financial assistance to help make energy upgrades happen. EQIP requires an audit first, which the program pays for most, if not all, of it. After the audit, you can apply for financial assistance for the lighting project or any other recommendations in the audit.

EQIP applications are accepted on a continuous basis. See your local NRCS office. The application cut-off dates in 2014 are: October 17, November 14, and December 19.

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Get started with USDA RD REAP

Rural small businesses and agricultural producers can apply for grants and guaranteed loans to fund energy efficiency improvements or renewable energy systems through USDA Rural Development (RD) Rural Energy for America Program (REAP).

Grant applications due April 30, 2015 and June 30, 2015. Submit guaranteed loan applications anytime.

 

  Video on LED lighting in turkey barns

This segment from Farm Connections features the Zimmerman Farms and their LED lighting retrofit project.


Click here to watch the full episode of Farm Connections

 

  CERTs Contacts

 
Fritz Ebinger
612-626-1028
ebing007@umn.edu

Alexis Troschinetz
612-626-0455
alexis@cleanenergyresourceteams.org

 

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  Past Events

Minnesota Turkey Growers Association 2014 Summer Conference

 
The Minnesota Project served as a panelist in the Energy Sustainability with an Eye on the Future session at the 2014 Summer Conference of the Minnesota Turkey Growers Association in Alexandria on June 19, 2014. Attendees learned about LED lighting for turkey barns, outcomes from a study on 23 barns with LED lighting, and learned about utility and federal funding options to get LED lighting in turkey barns.
Click here for a PDF of the presentation >>
Click here for a photos of the conference >>


CERTs shared this opportunity at the Midwest Poultry Federation Convention in Saint Paul on Wednesday, March 19 and Thursday, March 20 at the University of Minnesota Extension Booth. Learn more >>


Willmar Event on LED Lighting in Turkey Barns

 
The West Central Clean Energy Resource Team (WC CERT) and The Minnesota Project presented an educational program on how to pursue funding to support an LED lighting retrofit project on Thursday, March 13, 2014 from 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Life Center Auditorium of MinnWest Technology Campus in Willmar. Attendees learned about LED lighting for turkey barns, heard candid farmer feedback on this type of retrofit, and learned about utility and federal funding options to get LED lighting in turkey barns. Click here to see event recap, presentations, video, and photos >>


USDA REAP Webinar

 
The Rural Energy for American Program (REAP) from USDA Rural Development is a funding opportunity for renewable energy and energy efficiency programs for farmers and rural small businesses. We held a webinar to walk participants through the 2014 USDA Rural Development REAP funding cycle and example project ideas.
Click here to view webinar video and presentations >>

 

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    CERTs Partners:

Minnesota Department of Commerce Division of Energy Resources University of Minnesota Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships and Extension Great Plains Institute Southwest Regional Development Commission