19 Sep '11, 9pm

Rural Farmers, Small Businesses Get Renewable and Energy Efficiency Grants

The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced $27 million in loans and grants for over 500 agricultural producers and rural small businesses to implement renewable energy and energy efficiency measures. The grants and loan guarantees are provided through the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP), a 2008 Farm Bill initiative. REAP offers funds for farmers, ranchers and rural small businesses to purchase and install renewable energy systems and make energy-efficiency improvements. These federal funds leverage other funding sources for small businesses. These projects are in addition to the more than 900 renewable energy and energy efficiency projects recently announced during the President's Rural Economic Forum. A farmer in Kirkwood, PA., for example, is getting a $309,733 grant to install a co-op digester system. It will generate 879,000 kilowatts of electricity a ye...

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