California Farmers Lower Costs and Emissions with Propane Engines

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The Propane Education and Research Council (PERC) announces new testimonials from San Joaquin Valley Farmers using propane engines in their ag operations in a video intended to show California farmers how they can save money and meet California Air Resources Board (CARB) emissions requirements.

The Propane Education and Research Council (PERC) announces new testimonials from San Joaquin Valley Farmers using propane engines in their ag operations in a video intended to show California farmers how they can save money and meet California Air Resources Board (CARB) emissions requirements.

Ned and Michael Harris of H & H Farms in Arvin, California, discuss their experience of using a propane engine for irrigation. In their carrot, garlic, hay and onion operation, they explain the versatility of propane compared to electricity and discuss the benefits of the propane engine versus diesel engines.

“With electric, we have on peak and off peak for half the year. With propane, I can fire up that motor any time of day that I need to fire it up,” Michael explains.

Ned states, “Since we put this propane engine in, this will be our third crop, and I would have to say right now it’s going to be a savings of, in fuel alone, of probably between 35 and 40 percent overall which is quite substantial.”

Alex Adams of Adams Ranches in Turlock, California discusses his satisfaction in using propane for irrigating his almonds, silage, forage and hay. “Propane equipment has helped me meet the emission standards because we don’t have any of the particulate matter that you have with the diesel engines which has been a huge issue over the years in the Central Valley.”

“There’s really no reason not to have a propane engine especially in our state,” Ned concludes.

The Propane Education and Research Council (PERC) is offering a $300 per liter incentive for diesel engine displacements through the end of the year. For more information, go to http://www.propane.com/agriculture/programs-and-incentive/ to get the incentive application.

Farmers who would like to estimate a cost savings can go to (http://www.propane.com/agriculture/calculator/ ) to use a diesel versus propane cost analysis calculator which compares horse power, hours of use, price per gallon of fuel and the cost of the engines.

Additionally, PERC’s website provides case studies, other farmer testimonials and propane ag engine safety and training manuals.

To see the video testimonials of Adams and the Harris’ go to http://www.PowerToFarm.com.

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