Poultry farmers will soon receive a helping hand from Delaware Electric Cooperative. The co-op is relaunching its LED Poultry Lighting Grant Program to help farmers convert incandescent poultry lights to energy-efficient LED lights.
LED lights use about 80 percent less energy than traditional poultry lights. Delaware Electric Cooperative will offer the bulbs to growers for only $7 per bulb through the grant program. The high-efficiency LEDs usually cost $20. The LED lights can last up to nine years and will save growers money over the life of the bulbs.
According to data compiled by the University of Arkansas, growers will be able to save $983 per year by installing the LED lights, assuming their poultry house produces six flocks per year.
DEC has set aside $85,000 for the program in 2014. The co-op offered grants totaling $50,000 to farmers in 2013. DEC President and CEO Bill Andrew said, “This grant program will provide a 75 percent discount to farmers looking to install energy-efficient poultry lighting. We expect to distribute more than 8,800 bulbs to farmers in the First State.”
To qualify for a grant, growers must be served by Delaware Electric Cooperative and must be using incandescent poultry lights. Because of the high level of expected interest, grant recipients may be chosen through a lottery system.
Delaware Electric Cooperative will purchase the lights, and they will be shipped directly to farmers. For more information on the program, contact Kevin Yingling, manager of business development and energy services, at 302-349-3120 or email@example.com or go to www.delaware.coop. Applications are due by April 25.
Delaware Electric Cooperative is a member-owned electric utility serving 87,000 member-owners in Kent and Sussex counties. For more information visit www.delaware.coop or www.beatthepeak.coop or follow on Twitter and Facebook.