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Irrigation Pump Variable Frequency Drive

$0.30 per kWh cash incentive

Variable frequency drives (VFDs) can help your farm significantly reduce electricity costs. Energy Trust offers cash incentives on VFDs for irrigation pumps.

For a limited time, Energy Trust is offering a bonus incentive to agricultural customers who complete an eligible upgrade. To learn more about the bonus and eligibility requirements, visit

  1. Establish your eligibility.

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    Energy Trust provides cash incentives to Oregon businesses for energy-efficiency and renewable energy projects. To qualify, you must:

    • Be served by Portland General Electric, Pacific Power, NW Natural, Cascade Natural Gas or Avista and contribute to the public purpose charge. Check your utility bill or contact us if you have questions.
    • Have a project site in Oregon.
  2. Talk with your trade ally or vendor to help you select equipment that qualifies for Energy Trust incentives.

    We can help you get started.

  3. Within 5 business days you will receive a form from Energy Trust that includes the incentive offer for your equipment purchase.

    Review this, provide your utility account number, signed W-9, mailing address, site address and estimated project completion date, and sign and return it to the Energy Trust contact listed on the form.

  4. We will review and send you the approved incentive offer.

    Then you can order equipment from your vendor and install it at your facility.

  5. After your project has been installed, you’ll receive a Project Completion Form from Energy Trust.

    Return that with your invoice(s) for the equipment purchase. You’ll receive your Energy Trust incentive check within 4-6 weeks.

If you have a pump that operates at a range of different flows throughout the year or draws from a well with a depth that varies significantly, a VFD could make sense for your farm. With a VFD, the desired pressure and flow are produced by controlling the pump speed, rather than throttling the discharge flow or using a bypass to maintain target flow conditions.

Energy Trust can provide up to 70% of the installation cost for VFDs added to new or existing pumps.

View our Irrigation VFD fact sheet for more information.

Incentives are subject to funding availability and may change.


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Success Stories

Fox Hollow Ranch, Madras

Fox Hollow Ranch, Madras

Estimated Annual Savings: $6,700