Farm Rewiring: Safe, Efficient and Modern
Wisconsin's production agriculture, dynamic and ever expanding industry, is requiring more and more electric energy to stay competitive. This expansion places a huge demand on antiquated electric equipment and wiring. The wiring on a substantial number of farms was installed 20+ years ago and in some cases has been subject to alteration by people who were not necessarily qualified electricians. Correct farm wiring is essential for energy efficiency, minimizing stray voltage and safety.
Farm Rewiring Certification Classes for 2013
The following courses for farm rewiring certification will be held in 2013. Click on the title to view details:2013 Farm Wiring/Rewiring Course Descriptions
are offering cost-sharing programs to reduce farmers' out-of-pocket costs for rewiring of their farms. ALL of the programs require the work be inspected and done by a certified electrician.
Focus on Energy
Focus on Energy, Wisconsin's energy efficiency and renewable energy initiative, can help farms and agribusinesses reduce operating costs by providing technical assistance and financial incentives to install energy efficient or renewable energy equipment. Examples of how we can help are updating barn lighting with efficient fixtures and bulbs, or upgrading to variable speed drives on vacuum pumps. For more information about how Focus can help you, contact Focus on Energy or call 800.762.7077.
- "Updating farm wiring: couple takes advantage of cost-sharing program"
Certified Electricians List
To qualify to do farm wiring under a utility sponsored cost share program they must attend and successfully completed the Farmstead Rewire Course and attend a farm rewire refresher class every three years. Certified electricians are registered with DATCP after they have successfully completed the specialized course developed by the Wisconsin Technical College System with the cooperation of the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection, the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin, the Wisconsin Department of Commerce, the Electric Cooperatives and the Public Electric Utilities.
Wisconsin Technical College
Districts continue to offer the farmstead rewiring course to electrical contractors and their employees. The Farmstead Rewiring courses allow electricians to learn more about the specific updated National Electric Code standards of farm wiring and the latest materials, methods and equipment available.
Wisconsin Department of Commerce Safety and Buildings Division
staff provides electrical consultation to owners, builders, inspectors, electricians, and designers. Electrical inspections are made upon special request and required by many of the Wisconsin rewiring cost-share programs. Training of electrical professionals is offered.
Rural Electric Power Services (REPS) Program
is available to assist you get the most out of all of these potential resources available.
Questions or concerns can be direct to 800-942-2474.