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Eligibility on Milking Equipment component — Efficient Farming Products program

Milking Equipment component — Efficient Farming Products program

Improve milk quality while conserving energy.

New products

Hydro-Québec is offering a rebate on the purchase and installation of certain milking equipment beginning September 19, 2016.

˲More information on new eligible products

˲ Consult the pamphlet [PDF – 3.0 MB]

Did you purchase a plate heat exchanger before this date? You must fill out the new form that can be found under the How to apply tab.

Hydro-Québec will make sure the model appears in the list of eligible products, which was in effect before September 19, 2016.

Important notice

The rules concerning the acquisition and installation of products under all Program components have changed.

˲More information on new eligible products

Who is the Program for?

Agricultural customers who pay Rate D, G or M. Customers of municipal and off-grid systems are also eligible.

Efficient milking and milk conservation equipment

If you plan to replace some of your milking and milk storage equipment, or if you wish to purchase new equipment, consider energy-efficient models.

˲ Consult the fact sheet (in French only) [PDF]

Eligible products

Energy performance criteria and technical requirements

Hydro-Québec has established performance criteria for milking equipment. To be eligible for the rebate on purchase and installation, products must comply with technical and performance requirements. These requirements and criteria correspond to generally recognized energy-efficiency criteria and practices on the market. Hydro-Québec no longer maintains lists of eligible products for this Program component.

  • The equipment must be new.
  • The equipment must be purchased in Québec.
  • The chilling system must be entirely water-based (no glycol-based systems).
  • The exchanger must be equipped with a double- or triple-pass system.
  • The cooling liquid must consist of water that has not been chilled by a refrigeration system.
  • The heat plate exchanger must have the capacity to reduce the milk temperature by at least 15°C (27°F) upon exit.
  • The capacity of the heat exchanger must be sufficient to ensure that the water flow is equal to peak milk yield.
  • The equipment must be new.
  • The equipment must be purchased in Québec.
  • Installation must include all pump components (motor, pump and variable-speed drive, all supplied by the same manufacturer).
  • Various types of pumps are eligible:
    • pumps that operate at two or more speeds
    • pumps equipped with a variable-frequency drive (VFD)
  • The milk pump must supply a water-milk heat exchanger before pumping the milk to the bulk tank.
  • The milk pump must have at least one control mechanism for reducing speed to less than 60% of its maximum.
  • The water flow in the heat exchanger must not vary based on the speed of the milk pump.
  • Installation of a variable-speed drive on an existing pump does not qualify for a rebate.
  • The equipment must be new.
  • The equipment must be purchased in Québec.
  • Installation must include all pump components (motor, pump and variable-speed drive, all supplied by the same manufacturer).
  • The vacuum pump must be used for the milk line system.
  • The vacuum must be controlled by adjusting motor speed using a variable-frequency drive (VFD).
  • The choice of pump capacity must follow industry standards with respect to its dimensions; oversized pumps are ineligible.
  • Installation of a VFD on an existing pump is ineligible.

The water tank

  • must be new
  • must be purchased in Québec
  • must recover at least 20% of the heat released by the condensing unit of the milk tank
  • must supply a hot water tank that operates solely on electricity—fuel-fired hot water tanks are not eligible
  • must not be undersized—must be proportional to need based on approved trade practices
  • must not include electrical heating elements

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