More mowers on the way to Central Valley
November 11, 2010
• Air District sells out initial round of electric mowers
• Commits money for 500 more
After selling out its initial round of clean, electric lawn mowers in just three days, the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District says it’s committing an additional $125,000 for 500 more mowers.
The Clean Green Yard Machines program, which opened on Nov. 8, sold out of its $400,000 allotment, 1,600 mowers, in just three days.
The second round of funding opens Friday, Nov. 12 at 8 a.m.
“Because of the overwhelming response to this popular program, we are releasing an additional $125,000,” says Seyed Sadredin, the district’s executive director and air pollution control officer.
“We hope to release even more funding after the first of the year once the lawn mower manufacturer has fully caught up with this current overwhelming wave of orders,” he says.
The lawn mower trade-in replaces old, polluting, gas-powered mowers with clean, electric Neuton mowers for just $25 or $50, depending on the model. The mowers retail for $349 and $399 on the company’s website www.neutonpower.com.
The District anticipates exhausting the additional funding before the end of next week.
Funding for the grants come from a variety of federal, state and local sources, including DMV fees paid by Valley residents that go back into Valley projects.
Residents should call (559) 230-5800 and request a voucher for Clean Green Yard Machines. After getting, the voucher, residents take their old, gas-powered mower to an authorized recycler near them, turn it in and can order their new, clean, cordless electric mower by phone. It’s delivered to their door with no shipping cost.