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CUSTOMER: Tom Vanemburg

THE OPPORTUNITY

Tom Vanemburg grew up on the same farmland he now operates outside Desha. "I developed an irrigation system in 1953-54 with my father," Tom said. "I built the new poultry facilities in early 2003 to diversify the farm income and began full-time farming with no outside income." Since then, Tom's farm has thrived and he calculates that he has raised 43 million pounds of poultry in the last decade. Tom's strategy for success always has included making every dollar count, which is why he participates in the Entergy Arkansas Agricultural Energy Solutions Program.

THE PROJECTS

Energy Solutions provides financial incentives and technical assistance to help agribusinesses replace aging, inefficient equipment and systems with new, energy-efficient technologies. Rebates up to 75 percent can help cover the cost of energy improvements made at poultry facilities. Rebates are available for LEDs, CFLs, and other energy-efficient lighting. Tom installed LEDs in six poultry houses and received more than $9,000 in rebates. Incentives are available if you are retrofitting existing inefficient equipment, purchasing new equipment, replacing equipment at the end of its lifespan, carrying out major renovations or constructing a new facility.

THE RESULTS

Tom will realize an 80 percent reduction in annual lighting costs to save a minimum of $4,000 each year. And his investment in energy-efficient lighting has a payback of fewer than three flocks. In fact, efficient lighting retrofits have a quicker payback period than any other investment in a poultry house. "The way you make money in this business is to save money," Tom said.

Learn more about the Entergy Arkansas Agricultural Energy Solutions Program by calling 866-627-9177 or email entergysolutions@icfi.com

PROJECT AT A GLANCE

Reduced energy costs: Up to 80 percent

Savings per house for each flock: More than $100

Annual savings:  Eight houses at five flocks per year: More than $4,000