Agricultural facilities rely on energy to run equipment and keep employees and assets safe.

Whether running dairy equipment or keeping your greenhouse fans running properly, energy can be a significant expense for farms. Discover new ways energy can boost production, while simultaneously improving the comfort and safety of your employees and assets.

How you benefit

  • Boost production with process improvements and energy efficient equipment
  • Increase profitability through long-term, reduced energy costs
  • Improve security, worker safety, and comfort across your facilities
  • Reduce maintenance time and costs and extend the life span of your equipment
  • Reduce your carbon footprint and contribute to a cleaner and healthier community

Key energy saving opportunities

1. High-Efficiency Lighting Design

Energy-efficient lighting in agriculture facilities can boost production, save money, and improve security and worker safety. In comparison to conventional lighting options, high-efficiency LED lighting uses less energy, costs less to operate, and can last much longer than traditional options—up to 25 years. You can also use controls and sensors to turn on lighting only when necessary, both inside and outside your facilities.

Learn more about high-efficiency lighting.

2. Motor Upgrades & Variable Frequency Drives (VFDs)

Motors can use more energy than any other piece of equipment in an agriculture facility. By installing and using high-efficiency motors, your business can save both energy and money. You can also use VFDs to make sure your equipment is operating at the most efficient speed—reducing wear and tear and lowering equipment maintenance expenses. VFDs can also be used on irrigation systems and motors to help reduce your water usage.

Learn more about motors and variable frequency drives.

3. Ventilation System Upgrades

Ventilation accounts for a significant portion of most agriculture businesses’ energy use. Making upgrades to your ventilation systems can save money and improve the comfort and air quality of your facilities. For example, demand controlled ventilation (DCV) systems automatically adjust your ventilation equipment to meet the needs of your facility and its occupants. DCV systems can reduce ventilation when your facility is not occupied or is at lower than peak occupancy.

Learn more about ventilation systems.

4. Combined Heat & Power (CHP)

CHP systems provide farmers with an on-site source of electricity and heat. These systems recover heat wasted during power generation and use it as an energy source. That energy can then fuel industrial processes in a facility, provide domestic hot water, or generate space heating and cooling. CHP systems are designed to run on a daily basis, saving energy and providing you with resiliency during grid outages.

Learn more about combined heat and power.


Agriculture programs and resources

  • Advancing Agricultural Energy Technologies Program (NYSERDA) - opportunities to demonstrate emerging clean energy technologies and practices that provide benefits to farms
  • Agriculture Energy Audit Program (NYSERDA) - technical assistance to identify energy efficiency measures for eligible farms and on-farm producers
  • Anaerobic Digester Gas-to-Electricity Systems Program (NYSERDA)  - incentives for owners of existing farm-related anaerobic digestion systems that demonstrate replicable business models or strategies to achieve commercial operation
  • Agri-business Program (National Grid)Link opens in new window - close new window to return to this page. - incentives for upstate New York customers who upgrade to energy-efficient equipment (heat recovery units, chillers, etc.)

For a full list of programs, visit our energy programs and incentives page.

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