Grant round is closed. Applications were due Nov. 2019.

Grants for alternative landscaping equipment

Electric landscaping equipment, like this electric chainsaw, is good for clean air.MPCA had approximately $150,000 in grant funding to replace 2-cycle gasoline-powered landscaping and snow removal equipment with electric-powered equipment.

Closed: This funding round closed November 8, 2019.

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Grant successes

More than $173,000 in grants has already helped 66 businesses and organizations switch to electric-powered equipment, such as chainsaws, pole pruners, lawn mowers, string or hedge trimmers, and handheld or backpack blowers. These purchases will reduce annual air emissions by 185 tons of VOCs, 0.6 tons of nitrogen oxide, and 6.5 tons of fine particulates.

Background

Gas-powered landscaping equipment is a significant source of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and other air emissions, particularly in urban areas. The average gas-powered push mower emits over 14 pounds of air pollution an hour — the same amount as driving your car 200 miles! These pollutants impact the health of equipment operators and the populated communities they serve.

Replacing summer or winter 2-cycle gas-powered equipment with electric-powered eliminates localized air pollution and can have the following benefits:

  • Lighter - Easy to use and carry across distances and multiple locations.
  • Powerful - Equal performance to gas in most applications. Often just a 20-minute charge will last for hours.
  • Saves money - No more buying gas. Also less maintenance and lost productivity from being in the shop or from flooding.
  • Safer for employees - Eliminate engine exhaust, reducing odors and respiratory effects; lessen hearing loss; ease cord-pulling and lifting-related injuries; and prevent burns.
  • Community health - Reduce air pollution in urban areas and lessen noise disruptions