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MPCA Grants to Buy Electric Lawn Care and Snow Removal Equipment

Posted By MNLA eNews, Monday, October 28, 2019

From MPCA

Grant funding is now open to replace 2-cycle gas-powered lawn care and snow removal equipment with electric-powered at HALF the cost of buying new. The max grant award is $24,000 with a 50% minimum match.

Apply now! Deadline: Nov 8, 2019

The use of gasoline-powered landscaping equipment is a significant source of air emissions in urban areas, impacting the health of equipment operators and the populated communities they serve. Eligible applicants are small businesses (under 500), and any sized governmental agencies, educational institutions, tribes, or NGOs (e.g., nonprofit or association). Equipment used near populations sensitive to air pollution, environmental justice areas, and in communities with higher air pollution will tend to score highest.

Replacements can include: snow blowers, chainsaws, pole pruners, lawn mowers, string or hedge trimmers, leaf blowers, and more. Why switch:

  • Save money - No need for gas and reduce maintenance costs
  • Fewer occurrences of employee injuries
  • Much quieter and no smell

Review grant application materials on the MPCA alternative landscaping grants webpage. Past grants have already helped 66 businesses and organizations switch to electric, reducing 185 tons of VOCs, 0.6 tons of nitrogen oxide, and 6.5 tons of fine particulate emissions each year.

Grant Success: The Lawn Barber Services

The Lawn Barber Services recently bought electric-powered lawn care equipment to replace its remaining fleet of gas-powered equipment. The switch complements their use of mainly propane-powered ride mowers used for lawn maintenance of the area’s commercial, residential, and lake home owners, further greening their operations. With a $1500 grant, they reduced VOC, NOx, and PM air pollution by nearly a half ton per year. The Lawn Barber Services, LLC offers landscaping services regionally near Mankato, MN.

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Tags:  equipment  landscape management  lawn care  MPCA  snow management 

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