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Incentive Opportunities

Financial support for almond growers, processors, and farm-related businesses is available from a variety of federal, state, and local agencies and from non-governmental organizations. Start your search in the chart below.

Incentive Programs for Water Use Efficiency, Water Quality and Energy Efficiency/Air Quality
Program (Clickable Link) Ag Area(s) Focus Equipment/Practices Funded Eligibility Incentive Availability Deadline
California Air Resources Board (CARB)
Carl Moyer Memorial Air Quality Standards Attainment Program Energy Stewardship, Air Quality Cleaner-than-required engines and equipment (pumps/tractors) Private businesses
Statewide
Cost share Open Year round
Grants and Incentives (SJVAPCD) Energy Stewardship, Air Quality Tractor, truck, ag pump replacement Private businesses 
San Joaquin Valley
Cost share Open Year round
USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS)
Field Operations Emissions Reductions Air Quality Low-dust harvest/pick-up Private businesses Statewide Cost share Open Year round
Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) Water Use Efficiency, Water Quality, Energy Stewardship/Air Quality Conservation equipment and practices Private businesses Statewide Cost share Open Year round
EQIP Bay Delta Initiative
( California-specific link )
Water Use Efficiency, Water Quality Conservation equipment and practices Private businesses Central Valley Cost share Open Year round
EQIP On-Farm Energy Initiative Energy Stewardship/Air Quality Energy audit and conservation equipment (e.g., pumps, VFDs) Private businesses Statewide Cost share Open Year round
Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) Water Use Efficiency, Water Quality, Energy Stewardship/Air Quality Conservation equipment and practices Private businesses Statewide Cost share Open 2018 Deadline: March 2,
Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) Water Use Efficiency, Water Quality Comprehensive projects addressing water conservation Producer groups Statewide Grants Pending Not set
Agricultural Conservation Easements Program (ACEP) Water Quality Wetlands protection, restoration and enhancement Private businesses Statewide Cost share 2018 Year round
California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA)
State Water Efficiency and Enhancement Program (SWEEP) Water Use Efficiency, Energy Stewardship/Air Quality Conservation equipment (e.g., flow meters, weather stations, micro-irrigation systems, VFDs, solar power systems) Private businesses Statewide Cost share Open Likely December 2017

The State Water Efficiency and Enhancement Program (SWEEP) provides financial assistance in the form of grants to implement irrigation systems that reduce greenhouse gases and save water on California agriculture. SWEEP has had a positive effect on Giacomazzi farms:

 

CDFA OEFI Climate Smart Agriculture 2: Giacomazzi Farms

Healthy Soils Program Soil Health Conservation management practices: sequester carbon, reduce greenhouse gases, improve soil health Private businesses
Statewide
Cost share Closed December expected
Specialty Crop Block Grant Economic Increase competitiveness of California specialty crops, including tree nuts, dried fruits and nursery crops Non-profit/for-profit organizations, local/state/federal government, public/private colleges and universities Statewide Grants Closed for 2018 2019 Financial Award: January 31, 2019
California State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB)
Financial Assistance Funding - Grants & Loans Water Quality Comprehensive projects addressing water quality Producer groups
Statewide
Grants and loans Pending Not set
Utility Districts
California Solar Initiative for Business
Southern California Edison (SCE)
Energy Stewardship/Air Quality Solar power systems Private businesses
SCE service area
Rebates Open Year round
Agricultural and Pumping Interruptible Program (SCE ) Energy Stewardship Credits for service disruptions during high-demand periods Private businesses
SCE service area
Credits to bill Open Year round
Pump Testing Program
(SCE
)
Energy Stewardship/Air Quality, Water Use Efficiency Pump tests and retrofits or repairs Private businesses
SCE service area
Subsidized tests and rebates Open Year round
Self-Generation Incentive Program
(SCE
)
Energy Stewardship/Air Quality Non-solar self-generation power systems (e.g., wind, fuel cell, waste heat recapture) Private businesses
SCE service area
Rebates Open Not set
Advanced Pumping Efficiency Program
Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E)
Energy Stewardship/Air Quality, Water Use Efficiency Pump tests and retrofits or repairs Private businesses
PG&E service area
Subsidized tests and rebates Open Year round
Energy Efficiency Rebates for Your Business
(PG&E)
Energy Stewardship/Air Quality, Water Use Efficiency VFDs, micro-irrigation systems, electric pump conversions, lighting, refrigeration, etc. Private businesses
PG&E service area
Rebates Open Year round
Energy Management Programs
(PG&E
)
Energy Stewardship/Air Quality Time-of-use and demand-response discounts, energy efficient equipment Private businesses
PG&E service area
Rate discounts, interest-free loans Open Year round
Irrigation Districts
Water and Energy Efficiency Program
Modesto Irrigation District (MID)
Water Use Efficiency, Energy Stewardship/Air Quality Irrigation system improvements Private businesses
MID service area
Rebates Open 2018 Deadline: Dec. 15, 2018
Energy Efficiency Program
Turlock Irrigation District (TID)
Water Use Efficiency, Energy Stewardship/Air Quality Irrigation system improvements Private businesses
TID service area
Rebates Open Year round
On-Farm Water Conservation Program
South San Joaquin Irrigation District (SSJID)
Water Use Efficiency, Energy Stewardship/Air Quality Irrigation system improvements Private businesses
SSJID service area
Cost share Pending Not set
Business Rebates (MercedID) Energy Stewardship/Air Quality Motor/ Pump Upgrades Private businesses MercedID service area Rebates Open Year round
United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)
Renewable Energy for America Program Energy Stewardship/Air Quality Renewable energy systems and energy efficiency improvements Private businesses
Statewide
Grants and loan guarantees Open TBD
Western Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education - Farmer/Rancher Grants
(WSARE)
Water Use Efficiency, Water Quality, Energy Stewardship/Air Quality Trials/demonstrations and outreach involving conservation equipment and practices Growers working with Technical Advisor(s)
Statewide
Grants Open TBD
WSARE Professional + Producer Grants Water Use Efficiency, Water Quality, Energy Stewardship/Air Quality Trials/demonstrations and outreach involving conservation equipment and practices Agricultural professionals working with grower(s)
Statewide
Grants Open TBD
California Energy Commission (CEC)
Water & Energy Technologies (WET) Program Water Use Efficiency, Energy Stewardship/Air Quality Conservation equipment (e.g., flow meters, weather stations, smart irrigation systems, VFDs, solar power systems) Private businesses
Statewide
Rebates Suspended Not set
California Department of Conservation (CDOC)
California Farmland Conservancy Program Easements Easement and planning projects that support agricultural land conservation statewide Farm owners Easement Open Variable