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The Propane Education & Research Council (PERC) offers incentives for cleaner-burning propane commercial lawn mowers to landscapers nationwide on mowers with 32 to 72 inches in deck size. Propane commercial mowers are available from Ariens/Gravely, Big Dog, Bob-Cat, Exmark, Ferris, Husqvarna, Hustler, Kubota, John Deere, R & R Products, SCAG, Snapper Pro, Toro, Ventrac, Wright, and Zipper. Also EPA-certified propane conversion options are available on various sized Kawasaki engines.
For a limited time, from October 1, 2014 to December 31, 2014. The below incentive amounts are DOUBLED. This applies to the national propane mower incentive program only.
$1,000 for new factory-built propane mowers. This is now doubled to $2,000.
$500 for EPA certified conversion to propane. This is now doubled to $1,000.
Since the national program’s inception in 2012, more than 500 contractors have received incentive dollars in exchange for data about their usage and mower performance. Landscapers and other qualified participants can apply for the national program at http://www.propane.com/commercial-landscape/programs-and-incentives/. And yes; you can apply for both the national incentive, and the incentive distributed by the Propane Council of Texas for the same propane commercial mower.
For more on the state mower incentive implemented by the Propane Council of Texas, please visit http://fuelingtexas.com/off-road/mower-incentives/.
Dealer-installed propane option gives landscape contractors another fuel choice
CARY, North Carolina (October 24, 2013) – Landscape contractors will be able to purchase a new piece of John Deere equipment with a dealer-installed propane kit. The kit is designed and manufactured by EnviroGard™, and is available for John Deere ZTrak™ zero-turn mowers, QuikTrak™ stand-on mowers, and commercial walk-behind mowers.
“Propane has emerged as a leading alternative fuel, and many of our customers are very interested in exploring it for their businesses,” said Steve Wilhelmi, John Deere tactical marketing manager. “By working with EnviroGard, John Deere can provide our customers with an economical fuel solution that will reduce their carbon footprint and keep them up and running on the jobsite.”
EnviroGard is also providing dealer training to ensure the installation of each conversion kit adheres to EPA standards. The kit meets the Propane Education & Research Council (PERC) requirements for funding – up to $1,000 credit – and some units converted after the initial purchase may be eligible for a $500 credit.
“We are excited to provide John Deere dealers with application-specific propane conversion kits for their commercial mowers,” stated Jeremy Hahne, general manager of EnviroGard. “Operators running Deere equipment can now utilize a specifically designed, EPA certified, and approved propane configuration that is easily installed by their local John Deere dealer.”
In addition to new equipment, the kit can be used to retrofit many John Deere commercial mowers from previous model years. Contractors simply need to visit their local John Deere dealer to determine if a kit is available for their specific machine.
To learn more about the propane conversion kit, visit your local John Deere dealer or www.JohnDeere.com/MowPro to learn more.
About John Deere
Deere & Company (NYSE: DE) is a world leader in providing advanced products and services and is committed to the success of customers whose work is linked to the land – those who cultivate, harvest, transform, enrich and build upon the land to meet the world’s dramatically increasing need for food, fuel, shelter and infrastructure. Since 1837, John Deere has delivered innovative products of superior quality built on a tradition of integrity. For more information, visit John Deere at its worldwide website at www.JohnDeere.com.
DALLAS — Texas school board leadership had the opportunity to learn about clean, American-made propane autogas at the Texas Association of School Administrators (TASA) and Texas Association of School Boards (TASB) Annual Convention September 27-28 at the Dallas Convention Center. The Propane Council of Texas (ProCOT) participated with its awareness campaign, Fueling Texas, to educate participants about the benefits of operating school buses, administrative vehicles and commercial mowers on propane autogas.
“Propane autogas is a smart choice for Texas schools,” said Jackie Mason, Educational & Marketing Director for the Propane Council of Texas. “Not only does propane lower harmful emissions and reduce fuel costs, but it has a proven safety record in Texas.”
Propane autogas is the most widely used alternative fuel in the world. The clean-burning, domestically produced fuel is ideal for mowers, school buses, and other vehicles. School bus fleets that switch to autogas save anywhere from 30 percent to up to half on fuel costs. Propane-powered buses produce less particulate matter, carbon monoxide, NOx, hydrocarbons and greenhouses gas emissions than many school buses on Texas roads today.
There are more than 2,000 propane-powered buses operating in more than 75 Texas school districts. Some of these ISDs are benefitting from a 50-cents-per-gallon tax credit through 2013. Thanks to the tax credit, Dallas County Schools—the largest propane-powered school bus fleet in the state—saves about $500,000 annually. Northside ISD, the second-largest propane autogas bus fleet in Texas, saved around $225,000 with the credit from 2011, and Denton ISD recouped $170,000 in the same year.
Propane commercial mowers can also contribute to additional savings for school districts. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency estimates that almost 17 million gallons of gasoline are spilled each year refueling lawn equipment. Propane mowers have a closed loop, spill-free refueling system; no spills mean no lost dollars.
For many school districts across the state, operating mowers, school buses and other vehicles on cleaner burning autogas is a great way to help build greener communities and healthier budgets.
Propane Autogas: Fueling Texas is a public awareness campaign that educates Texans about the benefits of running fleet vehicles and equipment on clean-burning, domestically produced propane autogas. The campaign features a series of statewide autogas presentations and road shows to provide fleet operators, drivers and community members a hands-on experience with clean autogas technology. To find out more about propane autogas, visit FuelingTexas.com.
About the Propane Council of Texas
The Propane Council of Texas (ProCOT) is a non-profit 501 (c) 3 dedicated to educating the public and the propane industry on safety and on the newest clean-burning propane technologies. ProCOT is the state entity that represents the Propane Education & Research Council (PERC), which was authorized by the U.S. Congress with the passage of the Propane Education and Research Act (PERA) of 1996. The program is funded with small fees from the propane industry and goes to fund several safety programs, as well as the commercialization of new propane technology. Visit www.procot.org for more information.