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Release No. STELPRD4011794
ContactDawn Knepp717-237-2286
National Office202-720-4623
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(8/17/11) AGRICULTURE SECRETARY VILSACK ANNOUNCES FUNDING FOR OVER 900 PROJECTS TO BOOST RENEWABLE ENERGY

ATKINSON, ILL, Aug 17, 2011 -- 

Local Contact: Dawn Knepp

(717) 237-2286

National Contact: Office of Communications

(202) 720-4623

Agriculture Secretary Vilsack Announces Funding for Over 900 Projects to Boost Renewable Energy Production, Reduce Energy Costs for Producers and Small Businesses

               ATKINSON, Ill., August 17, 2011 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced grants for more than 900 agricultural producers and rural small businesses across the country to implement renewable energy and energy efficiency measures in their operations. Secretary Vilsack made the announcement as part of President Obama’s rural economic bus tour in the Midwest where today he highlighted efforts underway to reduce our country’s dependence on foreign oil, which will increase the economic competitiveness of rural America and promote job creation.

             "These investments enable our farmers, ranchers and rural small business owners to develop renewable energy systems and make energy efficiency improvements that will save them thousands of dollars in energy costs each year," Vilsack said. "This funding is an important part of the Obama Administration's plan to conserve natural resources, create jobs and lead our country on the path to becoming more energy independent."

The grants are being 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. In all, USDA announced more than $11.6 million in energy grants nationwide and $558,562 in Pennsylvania.  

The REAP program is helping many agricultural producers and rural small businesses reduce energy consumption.  A total of 37 applicants in Pennsylvania benefited from this round of REAP funding. For example, in Cambridge Spring, Crawford County, Northwestern Rural Electric Co-Operative Association, Inc. received an $11,562 REAP grant to install 175 LED outdoor lighting replacement lamps at its corporate site and the Woodcock Dam Flood Control camp site and nature center. Vynecrest Vineyards Winery in Breinigsville, Lehigh County, received a $20,000 REAP grant to install a new geothermal system to provide heating, cooling and hot water for all vineyard buildings.

Funding of each Pennsylvania award listed below is contingent upon the recipient meeting the conditions of the grant agreement. Grants can finance up to 25 percent of a project's cost, not to exceed $500,000 for renewables, $250,000 for efficiency. 

PA REAP Grant Recipient City County Amount Project

UNCLE HENRYS PRETZEL BAKERY

MOHNTON

LANCASTER

$11,628

SOLAR

WALTER H. LILLEY TRUCKING

GLENMOORE

CHESTER

18,500

SOLAR

WILLIAMS, DUANE

FAIRFIELD

ADAMS

20,000

SOLAR

YORDY, KURT

PALMYRA

LEBANON

20,000

SOLAR

MILLER, TIMOTHY

STRONGSTOWN

INDIANA

11,753

SOLAR

LAKE, GEORGE C

TYRONE

BLAIR

10,000

SOLAR

MISCHEN, THOMAS

GIBSONIA

ALLEGHENY

10,684

ENERGY EFFICIENCY

TWIN SRPINGS FRUIT FARM, INC

ORRTANNA

ADAMS

20,000

SOLAR

FRANKFERD FARMS FOODS, INC

SAXONBURG

BUTLER

19,500

SOLAR

STONER, DENNIS

EAST EARL

LANCASTER

20,000

SOLAR

SHAFFER PRODUCTIONS, INC

DALMATIA

NORTHUMBERLAND

6,570

ENERGY EFFICIENCY

RIFE, DENNIS K.

GREEN CASTLE

FRANKLIN

20,000

SOLAR

ALL POINTS LAND SURVEYS, INC.

MIDDLEBURG

SNYDER

19,990

SOLAR

Y-RUN FARMS LLC

TROY

BRADFORD

12,690

ENERGY EFFICIENCY

VYNECREST LLC

BREINIGSVILLE

LEHIGH

20,000

GEOTHERMAL

TIW TECHNOLOGY INC

EASTON

NORTHAMPTON

20,000

SOLAR

SUGAR CREEK MAPLE FARM

HONESDALE

WAYNE

20,000

SOLAR

STEININGERS DRYCLEANING & LAUNDROMAT

SELINSGROVE

SNYDER

11,464

SOLAR

SIKORSKY INDUSTRIES

PALMERTON

CARBON

11,930

SOLAR

PRIME AGRA CORPORATION

ROBESONIA

BERKS

20,000

SOLAR

NORTHWESTERN REC ASSOCIATION, INC.

CAMBRIDGE SPRINGS

CRAWFORD

11,562

ENERGY EFFICIENCY

A-Z LANDSCAPING LLC

WATSONTOWN

NORTHUMBERLAND

12,000

SOLAR

BRANDAU, ROY

WAPWALLOPEN

LUZERNE

7,000

OTHER

SCOTT CLEWELL

DANVILLE

MONTOUR

20,000

SOLAR

RICH ROY FARMS

GEORGE’S

NORTHAMPTON

LEHIGHTON

NORTHAMPTON

CARBON

6,540

20,000

ENERGY EFFICIENCY

SOLAR

TRANSPORTATION INC

LEHIGHTON

     

IRVIN G. TYSON & SON INC

PERKIOMENVILLE

MONTGOMERY

20,000

SOLAR

JEFFREY, WERNER

JONESTOWN

LEBANON

8,969

ENERGY EFFICIENCY

PEQUEA STORAGE SHEDS

KINZERS

LANCASTER

20,000

SOLAR

PALLAS HILL ALPACA FARM, INC.

MT. PLEASANT MILLS

SNYDER

10,272

SOLAR

MEADOW WOOD FARM

LEBANON

LEBANON

2,190

ENERGY EFFICIENCY

KOLB, J. WALTER

CASSEL, MIKE

IDEAL SELF-STORAGE,LLC

HORSESHOE VALLEY EQUINE CENTER, LLC

HALDEMAN FARMS

BRUBAKER, ERIC

MYERSTOWN

MANHEIM

HUMMELS WHARF

ANNVILLE

HUMMELSTOWN

MIFFLINTOWN

LEBANON

LANCASTER

SNYDER

LEBANON

LEBANON

JUNIATA

20,000

20,000

13,449

9,929

20,000

11,942

SOLAR

SOLAR

SOLAR

SOLAR

SOLAR

SOLAR

SOLAR

Today’s announcement is an example of investments the Obama Administration is making to help create jobs and grow the rural economy.  In June, President Obama signed an Executive Order establishing the first White House Rural Council, chaired by Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. The White House Rural Council will work throughout government to create policies to promote economic prosperity and a high quality of life in our rural communities.

Yesterday, President Obama hosted the White House Rural Economic Forum at Northeast Iowa Community College in Peosta, Iowa. The Forum brought together farmers, small business owners, private sector leaders, rural organizations, and government officials to discuss ideas and initiatives to promote economic growth, accelerate hiring, and spur innovation in rural communities nationwide.  The President engaged directly with a variety of rural leaders from across the nation to discuss the importance of growing small businesses and strengthening the middle class in rural America.

 Since taking office, President Obama's Administration has taken significant steps to improve the lives of rural Americans and has provided broad support for rural communities. The Obama Administration has set goals of modernizing infrastructure by providing broadband access to 10 million Americans, expanding educational opportunities for students in rural areas, and providing affordable health care. In the long term, these unparalleled rural investments will help ensure that America's rural communities are repopulating, self-sustaining and thriving economically.

Through its Rural Development mission area, USDA administers and manages more than 40 housing, business and community infrastructure and facility programs through a network of approximately 110 employees located in 11 offices throughout Pennsylvania. These programs are designed to improve the economic stability of rural communities, businesses, residents, farmers, and ranchers and improve the quality of life in rural America. For more information on programs offered by USDA Rural Development, contact the Pennsylvania State Office at (717) 237-2299 or visit its website at www.rurdev.usda.gov/pa.

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Last Modified:06/22/2012 
 
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