Valley Air District orders 500 more electric lawn mowers

After selling out its initial round of clean, electric lawn mowers in just three days, the Valley Air District isaid it is 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,” said Seyed Sadredin, the District’s executive director and air pollution control officer, in a news release. Sadredin added that due to the popularity of the program, “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.”

The additional funding was authorized by the district’s Governing Board from the 2010-11 budget for community incentive grants.

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. These mowers retail for $349 and $399 on the company’s website www.neutonpower.com.

Clean Green Yard Machines is just one of the many programs included in the District’s $100 million available this year for air-quality incentive programs, which grant money to every sector in the Valley. Examples of other grant projects are wood stoves, school buses, trucks, bike paths, vanpools and many other projects that reduce emissions, the news release said.

Funding for these grants come from a variety of federal, state and local sources, including DMV fees paid by Valley residents that go back into Valley projects.

To participate.

· Residents should call 559-230-5800 and request a voucher for Clean Green Yard Machines.

· After receiving, the voucher, residents take their old, gas-powered mower to an authorized recycler near them.

· Then, after turning in their old mower, residents can order their new, clean, cordless electric mower by phone. It’s delivered to their door with no shipping cost.

For complete details about the program, visit www.valleyair.org or call the local regional District office in your area Fresno, 559-230-6000; Bakersfield, 661-392-550; or Modesto, 209-557-6400.

For more information about the Valley Air District, call a regional office: in Fresno, 559-230-6000; in Bakersfield, 661-392-5500; and in Modesto, 209-557-6400.