Irrigation System

The Interruptible Farm Irrigation Program is designed to help reduce the electric load during times of peak demand. Participating members allow their irrigation system to be shut down in the afternoon/early evening on days that there is a large demand for energy. This normally will be from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. The system may be controlled only one time in a 24 hour period and will be re-energized by 9 p.m. any time there is a control.


Any member of Stearns Electric Association adding a new irrigation system with a 10 hp pump or larger is required to participate in our Interruptible Irrigation Program for a minimum of one irrigation season.


  • For participating, members receive a discount on the energy rate and demand charge for the controlled irrigation system.
  • When a new system goes on this program, the member has their electrician install a radio receiver (receiver provided by Stearns Electric at no charge) on their irrigation system.
  • Once installed, a trained service technician from Stearns Electric will check the installation making sure the radio receiver works and shuts down the pivot.


Call our Energy Services Department during business hours at (800) 962-0655.