About the AgriPump Rebate Program

What is the AgriPump Rebate Program?

The AgriPump Rebate Program provides instant rebates for high-efficiency pump equipment sold by participating pump equipment contractors to help Hydro One and Niagara Peninsula Energy agricultural, municipal and rural residential customers manage their electricity costs.* Rebates are “instant” because they are offered by participating contractors at the time of purchase for eligible pump equipment. Find a participating contractor near you. It’s fast and easy!

The AgriPump Rebate Program can help eligible customers upgrade their pumping system for their wells, irrigation and fertigation systems, livestock watering, hydronic heating and cooling, and dairy equipment. The AgriPump Rebate Program makes it more affordable to purchase high-efficiency pump equipment that leverages variable frequency drive (VFD) technology.

Benefits of the AgriPump Rebate Program

With help from the AgriPump Rebate Program, you can receive up to $2,320 per VFD. Once the equipment is installed, you’ll benefit from reduced maintenance costs and improved performance. Manage your electricity with energy savings of up to 40%.† Estimated simple payback periods range from 1 to 4 years for most eligible VFDs.‡ Major benefits include:

  • An instant rebate to reduce the cost of purchasing high-efficiency pump equipment and VFDs
  • Ability to manage electricity use and energy costs
  • Ability to guard against wear and tear, resulting in reduced maintenance costs
  • Quick and easy set-up
  • Improved performance

Customer Eligibility:

The AgriPump Rebate Program is for Hydro One and Niagara Peninsula Energy Inc. customers that are at least one of the following:

  • Farmers (must have a Farm Business Registration number)
  • Residents of rural homes and cottages
  • Municipalities

Customers are expected to provide their address and account number upon the purchase of high-efficiency pump equipment.

Eligible Products

The AgriPump Rebate Program offers instant rebates for pumps sold as packaged systems with VFDs and for VFDs sold and installed on existing pumps. The rebate amounts depend on the type and size of pump. Equipment must be on the prequalified list. The pump equipment categories are listed below:

Submersible pumps are typically used to deliver water from wells. The pump and motor are often packaged together as one piece and are placed at the bottom of the borehole. VFDs electronically change the pump speed to match demand. VFDs installed with existing submersible pumps or installation of new fully integrated constant pressure pump systems are eligible for a rebate.

End-suction pumps are the most basic type of pump used to boost the water from one tank to another, or from a tank to a field. They have a wide range of uses. VFDs electronically change the pump speed to match demand. VFDs installed with existing end-suction pumps or installation of new fully integrated pump systems are eligible for a rebate.

Vertical multi-stage pumps are used to boost the water from one tank to another, or from a tank to a field, similar to an end-suction pump. The advantage of vertical multi-stage pumps is that they use less floor space and can be placed in-line with a pipe (i.e., water enters on one side and exits on the opposite side, forming a 90-degree angle), as they are built with multiple small impellers stacked within a cylinder. VFDs electronically change the pump speed to match demand. VFDs installed with existing vertical multi-stage pumps or installation of new fully integrated pump systems are eligible for a rebate.

Circulator pumps are used to circulate gases, liquids, or slurries in a system and are most commonly found in a hydronic heating or cooling system. Circulator pumps are used by many agricultural facilities, such as greenhouses and barns; in hydronic systems as well as irrigation systems; and, in some cases, in nutrient and fertilizer delivery systems. Circulator pumps with a brushless permanent magnet (BLPM) motor or a high-efficiency electronically commutated motor (ECM) pump with a VFD are eligible for a rebate under the AgriPump Rebate Program.

Vacuum pumps are used in dairy farms to create suction to extract milk from the cow and move the milk to the cooling system. These pumps are also used to clean the milk pipelines between milkings by flushing the lines with wash water. The load on the pump varies throughout the milking process, so the VFD allows the pump motor to adjust the speed according to the demands of the system. The VFD varies the electricity frequency going into the motor that allows the motor speed to vary. The VFD is automatically controlled by a vacuum or pressure transducer that measures changes in pressure in the milking suction system. VFDs or variable speed drives (VSD) installed with existing milk vacuum pump equipment, or installation of new milk vacuum pump equipment with a VSD/VFD, are eligible for a rebate.

Milk pumps in dairy milking facilities move the milk into a plate cooler before it flows to the mechanical cooling system. The variation in the milk flow during the milking process reduces the effectiveness of the heat transfer across the plate cooler heat exchanger fins. A VFD or VSD controls the milk pump for a slower and more consistent flow of milk through the plate cooler, which reduces the refrigeration compressor’s run time. VSDs or VFDs installed with existing milk transfer equipment, or installation of new milk transfer equipment with a VSD/VFD, are eligible for a rebate.

VFD Retrofits

The AgriPump Rebate Program now offers rebates for VFDs sold and installed on existing pumps if the project meets the following criteria:

  • A VFD is not currently installed on the pump.
  • The VFD is listed on the eligible products list.
  • The contractor provides details of the make and model of the existing pump.
  • The existing pumpset is a submersible, end-suction or vertical multi-stage pump between 0.5 and 10 hp; or dairy milk vacuum pump or transfer pump.
  • The VFD is compatible with the existing pump.

Participating Manufacturers

Rebate Table

The table below shows the savings you will receive at the time of purchase for eligible pump equipment. The rebate amounts vary depending on the type of pump (submersible, end-suction, vertical multi-stage pumps; circulator pumps; milk vacuum pumps and milk pumps) and the size of the pump (horsepower rating).

Map of Hydro One and Niagara Peninsula Energy Inc. service territory:

The maps below illustrate Hydro One’s and Niagara Peninsula Energy Inc.’s service territories. Agricultural customers must demonstrate that they are Hydro One or NPEI customers by providing their account number and/or providing their address when ordering the eligible equipment.

*If the customer meets all of the eligibility criteria.

†The 40% savings was developed using manufacturers’ pump performance curves, 3000 operating hours per year and a standard flow profile. Actual energy savings may vary.

‡Simple payback periods were estimated based on equipment cost data provided by a pump manufacturer, Hydro One R2 electricity rates, and the basis of a new standard pump kit.