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Irrigation Systems

Irrigating corn in Mason County   Menard serves approximately 1,200 irrigation systems in Cass, Mason and Tazewell counties. We’ve invested a heavy backbone of three-phase service into the area and have worked closely with irrigators to provide quality service that benefits both them and the entire electric cooperative. See below for Irrigation Rates and Load Control Application Rebate.

A Little History

The northern portion of our service territory has some unique characteristics that include sandy soil that does not retain water, but does sit on top of an aquifer (a large body of underground water). In the 1960s, irrigation systems paved the way for the area to become a leading agriculture producer in the Midwest. It now boasts traditional crops such as corn and soybeans as well as specialty vegetables such as peas, potatoes, green beans, pumpkins, melons and popcorn, all of which thrive in the sandy soil.  Read this article or watch this video about Menard Electric Cooperative and the irrigation systems we serve.

Irrigation Rates

See the Irrigation Rate Sheet here for specifics.

Rate 50 is the base non-interruptible rate.

NEW Rate 51 is an interruptible rate with a lower facility charge utilizing a co-op approved remote-management application for load control. Qualified application vendors for Rate 51 include AgSense, FieldNET and ReinCloud.
You can read an article about these load control systems in our November 2017 Connect to MEC newsletter.

Rate 52 is an interruptible rate utilizing co-op installed and maintained load control devices. 

Irrigation Load Control Application Rebate

Menard is now offering a $600 irrigation load control application rebate. The rebate is given one time per service location for each pivot (two pivots maximum) controlled by a co-op approved remote-management application. It is available to the member who initially installs and subscribes to a web-based remote-managed irrigation control application for the service location. Member and application vendor are obligated to enter into a three-party agreement with the co-op which provides the co-op the ability to load control each pivot using the application. In addition, the member must sign up for the co-op's load management program for Rate 51. Please email System Engineer Dustin Crosier at for more details on this incentive and the program.
Rebates must be requested within one year of entering into the three-party Agreement with Co-op for service under Rate 51. Combined total of all rebates is limited to $1,200 per service location. Irrigation rebates become available November 1, 2017.
Additional restrictions may apply. Please contact Dustin Crosier if you believe you may qualify.

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