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Rural Energy System Distribution Expansion Funding for On-Farm Conservation Projects

The Imperial Irrigation District collects back-feed power service payments and limited waiver fees from generating facilities located within IID’s service area. On March 4, 2014, the IID Board directed that these monies be utilized solely to fund the expansion of the rural energy distribution system in support of on-farm water conservation projects.

Final Rural Energy Distribution System Guidelines:

  1. Funds must be used for projects that expand the existing rural electrical system and provide increased electrical service/revenues from agriculture customers.

  2. Funds are limited to projects participating in IID’s on-farm efficiency conservation program or facilitating an on-farm conservation method.

  3. Project funding is limited each year to the annual back-feed power service revenues (approximately $600,000 per year).

  4. An annual application period will be established for project funding requests, after which applications will be accepted on a case-by-case basis if annual funding remains available. The District will establish the annual funding period every year.

  5. Project funding will be capped at 50 percent of the electrical upgrade cost, not to exceed $100,000/year in total funding per farm unit.

  6. An application review committee will be established to review and rank submittals and recommend funding awards.

  7. Funding awards must be utilized within one calendar year of application approval and are contingent upon payment in full of the project balance.

To apply for funding, please complete the Rural Energy System Distribution Expansion Funding Application posted below. For more information, contact Mike Pacheco at (760)339-9287 or by email.

Applications for project proposals will be accepted on an on-going basis; however beginning in 2017 two application periods of January 1 through February 15 and July 1 through August 15 will apply for purposes of annual funding decisions. Proposed project applications received after the February 15 and August 15 deadlines will continue to be eligible for funding consideration as monies are available, or will be rolled into the next funding period for consideration. Funding decisions will prioritize cost-effective applications and are intended to benefit the widest pool of applicants. 

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