Who is eligible for the program?The DIRA Program is available to large dairies that receive gas and/or electric service from PG&E. The DIRA Program defines large dairies as those with annual consumption greater than 500,000 kWh. Participation is on a first-come, first-served basis only while funding lasts.
The DIRA Program runs from January 1, 2013 to December 31, 2014 and may be modified or terminated without notice.
What are the program objectives?Energy efficiency is a critical element in implementing sustainable practices at dairies and reducing dairy operating costs to improve internal return. The goal of the DIRA Program is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, lower costs and help dairy producers create a cleaner, sustainable environment.
What services are included in the program?The DIRA Program uses a customer-driven process that begins with identifying energy efficiency projects that meet the customer’s criterion for first cost and lifetime savings. Experienced energy engineers provide unbiased technical information and analysis to help facility staff identify, evaluate and promote the installation of energy efficiency measures.
Through an on-site energy audit or other project evaluation process, DIRA consultants provide assistance to key decision-makers to determine the most optimal energy efficiency measures to implement in their facilities. The DIRA team identifies efficiency improvement opportunities that provide the greatest benefit and meet the operational needs of the dairy.
Customers who participate in the program and commit to installing the recommended upgrades can take advantage of a variety of Installation Support Services (IS Services) including:
- Package Development: Develop equipment specifications, contractor terms and conditions, bidder instructions, etc.
- Bid Support and Evaluation: Perform site walkthroughs, evaluate bids and provide recommendations.
- Contracting and Project Management: Support the contracting process, manage project schedules, report progress, develop punch list and perform final project verification.
- Project Financing Support: Assist in qualifying projects for low interest loans and in preparing paperwork.
What are the incentives?Incentives will be given in the form of cash rebates. An overall project incentive amount will be calculated, with cash rebates equivalent to PG&E’s incentives for the same measures, based on each measure identified for implementation.
What steps are involved in the process?Contact your DIRA Program Manager to:
- Sign a Program Participation Agreement to enroll in the program
- Work with the DIRA team to determine the program services that best fit your dairy’s needs
- Identify cost-effective energy efficiency measures, secure incentives and establish a project implementation timeline
- Implement the efficiency measures
- Provide project invoices and proof of payment
- Receive your cash rebate
How much does it cost to participate in the program?All engineering and technical services provided by the Dairy Industry Resource Advantage Program are provided at no out-of-pocket cost to participating customers.
How do I enroll my dairy?
Contact Resource Solutions Group to discuss program participation.
Resource Solutions Group
60 Stone Pine Road, Suite 100
Phone: (650) 726-7628
Fax: (650) 729-2963
Half Moon Bay, CA 94019