Solar and Wind Powered Stock Pump Initiative (Wyoming)

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Last modified on May 23, 2011.

Financial Incentive Program

Place Wyoming

Name Solar and Wind Powered Stock Pump Initiative
Incentive Type State Grant Program
Applicable Sector Agricultural
Eligible Technologies Photovoltaics, Wind
Active Incentive No
Implementing Sector State/Territory
Energy Category Renewable Energy Incentive Programs
Amount 100%

Equipment Requirements Pumps provided by the Initiative.

Program Administrator Wyoming Department of Agriculture

References DSIRE[1]


In early 2005 Wyoming's Governor, concerned with the effects of drought on cattle ranching, developed this initiative to distribute clean and cost effective water pumping technologies to ranchers throughout the State. The initiative, originally funded through the State's Petroleum Violation Fund, provides selected ranchers with wind and solar powered stock pump systems developed by the University of Wyoming Electric Motor Training and Testing Center, allowing ranchers to reach underground water supplies in remote areas of their ranches.

The Governor's Office, working closely with the Wyoming Association of Conservation Districts, selects ranchers among applications solicited through local conservation districts. As of July 2005, 73 ranchers (among all 23 counties) have been awarded the solar and wind power pumps through two phases of the initiative.

While the second round for applications closed June 5, 2005, the Governor's Office, which is seeking matching grant funds, hopes to announce additional rounds in the future.

Each rancher receiving a pilot pump is asked to provide such services as concrete pads for the pump or fencing the system. They will also be expected to allow public access to the solar- or wind-powered stock water pumps for demonstrations.

  • 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)"