Apply Now for a MPCA Grant to Buy Battery-powered Landscaping
Tired of smelling like gas after using your landscaping equipment?
That smell is from volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and other air
pollutants, that come from gas-powered landscaping equipment. These
emissions impact employee health and the air quality in the
populated communities the equipment serves. Using electric-powered
equipment has many benefits including:
• No smell – Safer for employee health and more pleasant to work
• Lighter -- Easy to use, haul up, and carry across distances and
• Powerful -- Equal performance to gas in most applications
• Saves money -- No more buying gas. Save lost productivity from
less maintenance and time spent in the shop as well down time from
• Safer for employees -- Reduces respiratory health impacts, lessens
hearing loss, eases cord and lifting-related injuries, and reduces
cuts and burns
• Battery life - Often a short charge time and battery lasts for
Up to $300,000 in grant funding available to switch from your old,
2-cycle gasoline to electric-powered landscaping equipment.
The maximum grant amount is $24,000. There is 50% matching funds for
scrapping your equipment to be replaced, and a 70% match to keep
your current equipment. Example equipment: pole saws, string or
hedge trimmers, leaf and backpack blowers, mowers, and chain saws.
Eligible applicants include all Minnesota-based businesses under 500
employees, governmental agencies, educational institutions,
non-profits, or trade groups/associations. Special consideration
given for targeted applicants in environmental justice and highly
urbanized areas. The easy, 2-page application has a calculator to
help you figure out emissions -- all you need to know is the
horsepower, hours used annually, and estimated remaining life left
on your gas engine. The calculator does the rest!
Apply now! Deadline:
December 5, 2018.
Projects of all sizes encouraged to apply! Find grant materials on
the MPCA grants to improve air webpage. For general questions,
or 651-757-2875. Over $15,000 has
already been awarded to organizations switching to battery-powered
landscaping equipment. These purchases reduced VOCs by 11.3 tons,
NOx by .04 tons, and PM by .33 tons per year. The estimated
20,000,000 small engines sold each year in the U.S. are the largest
single contributor to non-road emissions. The average gasoline push
mower creates 14.76 pounds of air pollution an hour – the same
amount of pollution as driving your car for 200 miles. Landscaping
equipment emissions are not regulated and a large contributor to bad
air quality, which is why the MPCA is relying on voluntary efforts
to reduce these emissions in populated areas.
"The City of St. Louis Park was awarded this grant this past Spring
and purchased 21,000.00 dollars of electric Stihl power tools." -