Funds to improve energy efficiency and build renewable energy systems for farmers, ag producers and small businesses
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has awarded $772,881 to Vermont, under the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP). Funds will be used to improve energy efficiency and create renewable-energy systems in the state.
“Renewable energy and energy efficiency are at the heart of keeping New Hampshire and Vermont farms and businesses competitive and productive during the Covid-19 pandemic—and well into the future,” USDA Rural Development State Director Anthony Linardos said.
“Under the leadership of President Trump and Agriculture Secretary Perdue, the USDA is focused on helping them succeed, and this investment highlights that commitment.”
Impacted businesses include:
• Foster Farm Botanicals in East Calais, awarded $43,600 to install a 74.4 kW ground-mounted solar array that provides almost all of its electrical load;
• Ridgeline Maple Works in Jeffersonville, which received $20,000 to purchase and install high-efficiency maple syrup production equipment;
• Green Power Farms in Wardsboro, which will use a $131,250 grant to install three 30kW wind turbines estimated to generate 330,000 kWhs annually.
USDA Rural Development provides loans and grants to help expand economic opportunities and create jobs in rural areas. This assistance supports infrastructure improvements; business development; housing; community facilities such as schools, public safety and health care; and high-speed internet access in rural areas.
For more information, visit rd.usda.gov.