Northern Electric Cooperative is rolling out a new rebate program for members in 2020. The $750 rebate is for any farm which installs a third-party grain bin management system that can replace a co-op load-control receiver.
Third-party grain bin management systems are designed to provide data about grain storage and optimize grain drying. These systems can also be integrated with the Northern Electric and East River Electric Power Cooperative load-management system. Farm operators who integrate a grain bin manager with the co-op’s load-management system can accept and bypass load-control signals remotely from any device using the bin manager platform. Farms that install a third-party grain bin management system will receive a $750 rebate for every bin manager that replaces a load-control receiver.
To be eligible for the rebate the grain bin manager must meet these requirements:
- Eliminates the need for an East River load-control receiver.
- Has the ability to ingest automated notices from East River for shed and restore via email, text, or voice.
- Provides less than 15 minutes latency from East River email to load shed/restore time.
- Provides Northern Electric notice of member bypass.
Farm operators who have questions about third-party grain bin management systems and if those systems integrate with the co-op’s load-management system should call a Northern Electric Member Services Representative at 605-225-0310.
Members must pay up to $750 to reinstall a co-op load-control receiver if they decide to discontinue the use of their bin manager for load control within five years of receiving the rebate.
Northern Electric members must be in good standing with the co-op to receive rebates and incentives.