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USDA Awards Grants for Energy Audits, Renewable Energy

By on May 11, 2016

WASHINGTON, DC—U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack awarded 26 grants to help rural small businesses and agricultural producers conserve energy and develop renewable energy systems.

WASHINGTON - JULY 21:  U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack speaks during a news conference at the Agriculture Department July 21, 2010 in Washington, DC. Vilsack personally apologized to Shirley Sherrod, an Agriculture Department employee who was forced to resign because of a controversial video showing her giving remarks at a NAACP function that were deemed at the time racially discriminatory. He then offered her a "unique" position to work on civil rights issues at the USDA.  (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack speaks during a news conference at the Agriculture Department July 21, 2010 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

“The funding USDA is awarding today underscores the importance of continuing to make investments that empower agricultural producers, commercial enterprises and other organizations to do their part to reduce energy usage or use energy more efficiently. This will have an impact not just in rural areas where the projects are located, but across the nation as we work toward energy independence,” Vilsack said.

José Otero-García, USDA Rural Development State Director for Puerto Rico, indicated that Innovation Fund for Agricultural Development of Puerto Rico (FIDA) was awarded with a grant of $57,415. The funds will be used to provide energy audits or renewable energy development assistance to farmers, ranchers, and rural small businesses. This project will assist approximately 35 agricultural producers.

The grants are being provided through the Energy Audit & Renewable Energy Development Assistance Grants Program, which is administered under the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) which provides grants & loans guarantees for renewable energy systems and energy efficiency improvements for farms and rural small business, grants for energy audits and renewable energy planning and developments grants to service providers who work with farmers and rural small businesses.

Renewable energy development assistance grants help agricultural producers and rural small business owners use renewable energy systems in their operations. Energy audits can help recipients determine the most effective ways to conserve energy through systems upgrades, change in fuel sources, or implementation of energy efficiency measures.

 

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