Maintaining an electrical system is a lot like farm machinery maintenance:
Without regular attention and necessary repairs, it may fail prematurely. And
there certainly is a lot that can go wrong.
The WPS Farm Rewiring program is designed
to help you correct your farm's wiring problems.
The minimum requirements for the Farm Rewiring program include:
- Four-wire service to barn and all sub-panels.
- All Midwest pole-top switches must be replaced.
- Overcurrent protection required for all underground services and feeders
on each end.
- Grade level installations not meeting fault current levels require a
current limit disconnect.
Qualifying work can include — but is not limited to — the following:
- Replacing aluminum wire with copper.
- Increasing service wire size to reduce voltage drop.
- Correcting electrical code violations.
- Correcting sub-panel wiring.
- Installing energy-efficient lighting and equipment.
- Installing equipotential planes.
- Replacing 120V load with 240V load.
- Upgrading to three-phase service. (Contact your agricultural consultant for details.)
- Repairing bad connections.
- Consolidating multiple services in the barn to a single service.
- Inspection costs.
- Other items pre-approved by a WPS agricultural consultant.
What isn't covered?
Some of the work that does not qualify under the WPS
Farm Rewiring program includes:
- Installing mitigating equipment, such as isolation transformers, neutral
isolators, "grounding rings", electronic grounding systems, etc.
- Moving transformers away from major loads.
- Increasing WPS transformer size unnecessarily.
- Removing underground primary conductors.
- Wiring done on new construction projects.