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Go Green With Your Lawnmower, Spare the Air, and Get up to $250



The Valley Air District is offering up to $250 and, in some communities, $500 to replace gas mowers with electric models. (Shutterstock)
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With the arrival of spring and landscapes blooming from California’s heavy storms, the Valley Air District has a deal for you.

Anyone replacing a gas-powered lawn mower with a zero-emission electric model can get up to $250 back.

The district also is offering up to $50 when making a direct purchase (no trade-in) of electric mowers and other electric yard care equipment. The rebate covers edgers, string trimmers, hedge trimmers, chainsaws, and pole saws.

And, residents in the AB 617 communities of South Central Fresno, Shafter, and Stockton are eligible for enhanced incentive dollars when swapping out a gas lawnmower for an electric.

Rather Push a Button or Pull Hard on a Cord?

Grant recipient Alma Renteria of Fresno says that electric mowers are easier to use than gas-powered models — enabling her to tend to her yard.

“The new lawn mower is very easy — just push a button and it starts. I am so happy that I can mow my own lawn. Before it was a lot more work because I had to pull the starter cord with all my might and it did not matter how many times I pulled, I couldn’t turn it on. I had to rely on my husband, but now I can do it myself.”

One Gas Mower Spews More Pollution Than 12 Late-Model Cars

Air district officials say that gas-powered yard equipment is a significant source of air pollution in Valley neighborhoods. The small engines don’t have emission controls and pollute substantially more than newer passenger vehicles. In fact, one gas mower produces the equivalent in emissions of 12 late-model cars operating for the same amount of time.

Valley residents can visit for program guidelines and an application before purchasing new equipment.  Residents of South Central Fresno, Shafter, and Stockton AB 617 communities can check their address to see if they are eligible for as much as $500 to replace their gas mower.

More information is available from the district at  or by calling (559) 230-5800.


Bill McEwen is news director and columnist for GV Wire. He joined GV Wire in August 2017 after 37 years at The Fresno Bee. With The Bee, he served as Opinion Editor, City Hall reporter, Metro columnist, sports columnist and sports editor through the years. His work has been frequently honored by the California Newspapers Publishers Association, including authoring first-place editorials in 2015 and 2016. Bill and his wife, Karen, are proud parents of two adult sons, and they have two grandsons. You can contact Bill at 559-492-4031 or at Send an Email

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