Irrigation Pumps & Water Distribution
Important! Rocky Mountain Power has filed a request with the Idaho Public Utilities Commission to suspend the prescriptive measures in the Idaho Irrigation Energy Savers program. If approved by the Commission, the effective date of the changes will be July 15, 2013. For more information, view a summary of the planned revisions (PDF) and frequently asked questions (PDF). If you have questions or need more information, please, contact us.
Our Irrigation Energy Savers program offers incentives to growers in Idaho for upgrading the efficiency of their systems. There are four options to help you save energy and money:
Equipment exchange (nozzles, gaskets, drains)
Pivot and linear equipment upgrades
System consultation and pump tests
To learn more about the program, click on any question or section below; click the question again to “close” it.
- Who is eligible?
Our customers in Idaho on schedule 10
- What is equipment exchange?
Exchange your worn nozzles, gaskets or drains with appropriately sized new equipment and save an estimated 58 cents per nozzle annually (actual cost savings may vary depending on your operation).
Eligible equipment from hand lines, wheel lines and solid set sprinkler systems:
- Standard nozzles
Center pivot sprinkler nozzles and linear move sprinkler nozzles are eligible for a separate incentive described under pivot and linear equipment upgrades below.
Equipment exchange steps:
- Verify your existing equipment is worn.
- Bring your old equipment to a participating dealer (PDF).
- Give your dealer a copy of your Rocky Mountain Power electric bill to confirm your eligibility. Discuss your operation with the dealer to identify the correct equipment. With the dealer's assistance, complete an equipment exchange application (PDF).
- When you've finished step 3, your dealer will exchange your worn equipment for an equal number of qualifying new equipment at no charge.
- Install the new nozzles, gaskets or drains and start saving energy and money.
The Irrigation Energy Savers program may verify new equipment has been installed.
- What are pivot and linear equipment upgrades?
Under normal operation, pressure regulators and sprinkler nozzles should be changed every five and seven years, respectively. We provide cash incentives for upgrades of worn pressure regulators, low pressure drains, and sprinkler packages on pivot and linear systems.
How much are the incentives?
Low pressure drains: $4 each
Sprinkler pressure regulator: $6 each
Sprinkler packagesExisting equpimentReplaced withIncentiveGreater than or equal to 8.5 gpm/acreLess than or equal to 7.5 gpm/acre$900/packageDual sprinklers greater than or equal to 7.5 gpm/acreDual sprinklers less than or equal to 5.5 gpm/acre$500/package
Pivot and linear equipment upgrade steps:
- Verify your existing equipment is worn.
- Locate a participating dealer (PDF).
Give your dealer a copy of your Rocky Mountain Power electric bill to confirm your eligibility. Discuss your operation with the dealer to identify the correct equipment.
With the dealer's assistance, complete a linear/pivot equipment upgrade application (PDF).
Purchase equipment from your dealer.
Mail or fax the application and all supporting documentation (i.e. invoice, nozzle package printout, etc.) to the address or fax number listed on the application.
Install the new equipment.
Notify the Irrigation Energy Savers Program of completion and schedule a post-installation inspection.
The Program Administrator inspects the project and sends you an incentive check within 45 days.
- What are system consultation and pump tests?
A specialist from the program will perform an on-site system consultation to evaluate:
- Irrigation scheduling
- Visual leak inspection
- Pressure and flow estimates
- Electric energy consumption estimates
Pumping lift estimates
After the visit, a system consultation report will be provided including recommendations for system improvements.
If the results of the system consultation report identify possible pump efficiency improvements, the Irrigation Energy Savers program will test selected pumps for flow, lift, power consumption and pressure. These tests will be performed by a qualified program technician; however, all access to electrical panels must be performed by the irrigator or their electrician.
For more information or to request a system consultation, please contact the Irrigation Energy Savers program at 1-888-928-3751.
- What is system analysis?
If you are looking to expand or redesign your system, you can receive an irrigation system energy analysis to help improve your efficiency. You qualify if you are adding capacity, changing your water source or replacing part or all of your system. An experienced irrigation specialist will complete a comprehensive energy analysis at no cost to you.
System analysis steps:
- Contact the Irrigation Energy Savers program at 1-888-928-3751 to request a system energy analysis and sign a Letter of Intent.
- The Irrigation Energy Savers irrigation specialist will arrange a site visit.
- Be present for the on-site analysis performed by the irrigation specialist.
- After the site work, an irrigation energy analysis report will be provided including recommendations and an estimated incentive offer.
- Obtain bids for recommended equipment upgrades from a vendor of your choice.
- Request a Rocky Mountain Power incentive agreement from the Irrigation Energy Savers program.
- Sign and return the incentive agreement before signing purchase orders for eligible equipment.
- Install the upgrades as recommended.
- Call 1-888-928-3751 to schedule a post-installation inspection.
- Final incentive payment will be mailed within 45 days of receipt of all required information including invoices and completion of post-installation site inspection.
- Brochures and dealer information
Irrigation Equipment Dealers: If you would like to participate in our Irrigation Energy Savers Alliance, please complete and return a dealer application (PDF) or call 1-888-928-3751. For more program information, please review our Irrigation Energy Savers program manual (PDF).
To learn more
Please contact the program administrator:
- Call toll free at 1-888-928-3751
- Send an email
- Fax 801-266-4786
- By mail 3270 E. 17th Street #203, Ammon, ID 83406