Conservation Security Program (CSP) Production Incentive (Federal)

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Financial Incentive Program

Place United States

Name Conservation Security Program (CSP) Production Incentive
Incentive Type Performance-Based Incentive
Applicable Sector Agricultural
Eligible Technologies Solar Thermal Electric, Photovoltaics, Wind, Geothermal Electric, Anaerobic Digestion
Active Incentive No
Implementing Sector Federal
Energy Category Renewable Energy Incentive Programs
Amount 2.50 per 100 kWh

Maximum Incentive 45,000/year for 10 years

Program Administrator U.S. Department of Agriculture

References DSIRE[1]


The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced in March 2005 a nationwide sign-up for the Conservation Security Program (CSP), which will be available to approximately 235,000 farmers and ranchers in 220 watersheds. The CSP is a voluntary program that provides financial and technical assistance to promote the conservation and improvement of soil, water, air, energy, plant and animal life, and other conservation purposes on tribal and private working lands. Working lands include cropland, grassland, prairie land, improved pasture, and range land, as well as forested land that is an incidental part of an agriculture operation. Congress has funded the fiscal year 2005 CSP budget at $202 million.

The 2005 CSP sign-up includes a renewable-energy component. Eligible producers will receive $2.50 per 100 kWh of electricity generated by new wind, solar, geothermal and methane-to-energy systems. Payments of up to $45,000 per year will be made using three tiers of conservation contracts, with a maximum payment period of 10 years.

The 2005 CSP sign-up will be open from March 28, 2005, to May 27, 2005, in selected eight-digit watersheds in all 50 states and the Caribbean. Producers who have a current CSP contract are not eligible for this sign-up. To apply for CSP, potential participants are encouraged to complete a self-assessment workbook to determine if their operations meet the requirements of the program and qualify for program participation.

Additional information on CSP, including eligible watersheds and the self-assessment workbook, is available at

Incentive Contact

Contact Name Craig Derickson
Department U.S. Department of Agriculture
Division Natural Resources Conservation Service
Address 2 P.O. Box 2890
Place Washington, District of Columbia
Zip/Postal Code 20013
Phone (202) 720-3524


  • Incentive and policy data are reviewed and approved by the N.C. Solar Center's DSIRE project staff.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1  "Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency (DSIRE)"