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Rural Businesses in Puerto Rico to Receive $245,500 from USDA

By on July 18, 2016

SAN JUAN – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced Monday funding for 821 projects across the nation that will help rural small businesses and agricultural producers reduce energy usage and costs in their operations. The funding is available through the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) to make energy efficiency improvements and install renewable energy systems.

The USDA is providing $43.2 million in loan guarantees and $11.6 million in grants through REAP for projects in every state and Puerto Rico.

USDA_logoJosé Otero-García, USDA Rural Development state director for Puerto Rico, said that 11 projects were selected to receive a grant to either make energy efficiency improvements to lighting systems or to purchase and install a solar renewable energy system.

“Since 2009, the Rural Energy for America Program has helped roughly 15,000 small businesses and farm save enough energy to power about 730,000 homes and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by more than five million metric tons annually,” Vilsack said in the published announcement. “These investments in clean energy are good for the environment, are good for each business’s bottom line and they support the broader rural economy by encouraging the production of renewable energy sources.”

From 2009 to date the USDA has provided more than $373 million in grants and almost $481 million in loan guarantees to agricultural producers and rural small business owners.

For additional information, visit: www.rd.usda.gov/pr.

REAP loans and grants for Puerto Rico
State Recipient Grant Loan Project Description
PR Adler Group Inc.* $19,993 $0 To make energy efficiency improvements to the lighting system.
PR Alfredo Jose Toledo* $16,320 $0 To purchase and install a solar renewable energy system.
PR Computer Integration of Quality Assurance* $17,150 $0 To make energy efficiency improvements to the lighting system.
PR Giovanni Ferrante* $16,250 $0 To purchase and install a solar renewable energy system.
PR Hidroponicos Del Pais Inc.* $20,000 $0 To make energy efficiency improvements to the lighting system.
PR Imprenta Quality Offset* $10,850 $0 To make energy efficiency improvements to the lighting system.
PR Ivan E. Martinez Cordero* $0 $87,500 To make energy efficiency improvements to the lighting system.
PR Laboratorio Clinico Delgado Amador PSC* $16,997 $0 To purchase and install a solar renewable energy system.
PR Laboratorio Clinico Ling Inc.* $19,880 $0 To make energy efficiency improvements to the lighting system.
PR Laboratorio Clinico Ling Inc.* $6,596 $0 To make energy efficiency improvements to the lighting system.
PR Laboratorio Clinico Sangermeno Principal* $11,175 $0 To make energy efficiency improvements to the lighting system.
PR Alex Cruz Velez* $3,789 $0 To purchase and install a solar renewable energy system.
TOTAL $159,000 $87,500
* projects in StrikeForce areas
& projects in areas of persistent poverty
^ projects in Promise Zones
# projects with Farm Bill Section 6025/Regional Development Priority points

 

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