March 7 2019 07:09 AM

The program has $2.5 million available for professional landscapers who are willing to scrap their gasoline- or diesel-powered equipment.

The South Coast Air Quality Management District, the air pollution control agency for all of California’s Orange County and the urban portions of Los Angeles, Riverside and San Bernardino counties, has announced that $2.5 million in incentive funds is available for commercial gardeners and landscapers, local governments, school districts, colleges and nonprofit organizations to buy new battery-electric commercial-grade lawn equipment and scrap and replace their gasoline- or diesel-powered equipment.

Participants may receive up to 60 percent off the purchase price for new equipment.

“With these incentive funds, we are helping to put cleaner, quieter, more efficient and emissions-free lawn equipment into the hands of gardeners and landscapers throughout our region,” says Wayne Nastri, SCAQMD’s executive officer. He also points out the potential health risks that gas- and diesel-powered equipment can pose.

Participants will receive discounts applied at point of purchase on approved equipment. For example, a leaf blower with a backpack battery and a charger that retails for $1,400 can be purchased for $560 plus tax, a 60 percent discount.

Participants will be able to purchase qualifying equipment from ECHO, Husqvarna, Makita, Mean Green, Oregon and Stihl from authorized dealers in Riverside, Orange, Los Angeles and San Bernardino counties at a reduced price set by SCAQMD in exchange for an equivalent, operable piece of diesel- or gasoline-powered equipment. Manufacturers will accept and scrap the old equipment.

To learn more about the program, visit the SCAQMD website