Santa Barbara Independent
Central Coast Community Energy (3CE) today announced the launch of its second Agricultural (Ag) Electrification Grant Program in less than one year, supporting the replacement of fossil-fuel powered equipment with new electric equipment including tractors, coolers, boilers, forklifts, light and heavy-duty vehicles, irrigation pumps and more. This program follows 3CE’s initial July 2020 program that funded eight projects for a total of $160,000. Electrifying Ag equipment offers many benefits including improved efficiency, reduced cost, cleaner air and reduced noise for workers.
“Central Coast Community Energy’s Ag electrification grant program means so much to us. It’s already improved our energy and time efficiency. What a gift to run a quieter 2020 harvest with maintenance free electric equipment. We have saved hours in maintenance while reducing our GHG emissions. The benefits of 3CE’s Ag electrification program are priceless to small farmers!” Kimberly Null and Jamie de Sieyes of Wild Poppies Olive Oil in Aptos, CA
“3CE continues to design and fund impactful programs that create meaningful greenhouse gas reductions while supporting the electrification of our Central Coast” shares 3CE CEO, Tom Habashi. “3CE is excited to continue accelerating the Ag industry’s desire to reduce the climate impact their operations have locally and collectively.”