Lincoln, Nebraska, Aug 18, 2011 -- Eighteen Nebraska recipients have been selected in the first round of the Rural Energy for America Program to receive $127,077 in loans and grants. Funds will be used to make energy efficiency improvements that will promote energy conservation.
“These energy dollars will help make needed energy conservation improvements,” said Nebraska State Director Maxine Moul, USDA Rural Development. “Through these projects, energy consumption will be reduced, thereby making more dollars available to be kept within rural Nebraska thereby assisting the state’s rural economy.”
The funding was made available through the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP). This program provides opportunities for farmers and rural small business owners to install renewable energy systems and make energy efficiency improvements, as well explore the feasibility of implementing renewable energy projects. Additional information on the Rural Energy for America Program may be found at www.rurdev.usda.gov/ne/Energy_energy_home.htm.
Detailed below by county are the energy projects selected from the Nebraska State Office allocation of funding. Funding is contingent upon the recipient meeting the conditions of the grant and loan agreements.
Heithoff, Keith –Elgin- $2,918 grant- Natural gas engine to electric motor conversion.
Meyer, Everett C. –Royal- $3,608 grant- Diesel irrigation motor conversion.
Schulte Farms Inc –Pleasanton- $4,566 grant- Diesel irrigation engine to electric motor conversion and underground wiring.
Top Hat Furniture and Appliance Inc dba Ashley Furniture –Kearney- $11,578 grant– Replacing lighting in Kearney and Grand Island furniture stores.
Hoge Hardware, LLC –Scribner- $9,027 grant- Replace door, windows, light fixtures, and add insulation.
Tolkyn Recourses Corp.-Benkelman- $5,769 grant– Diesel engine to electric motor conversion and pivot sprinkler package.
Sorensen, James –Page- $7,043 grant- two diesel irrigation engines to electric motor conversions.
Grapes Family Farms –Kearney- $6,210 grant- Diesel irrigation engine to electric motor conversion.
Smith, Aaron –Orchard- $9,612 grant- two diesel engines to electric motor conversions.
McClintock Family Trust –North Platte- $2,610 grant- Diesel irrigation engine to electric motor conversion.
Robinson, Randy –North Platte- $6,393 grant- Diesel irrigation engine to electric motor conversion and well repairs.
Wilson, Billy J. –North Platte- $10,206 grant- Diesel irrigation engine to electric motor conversion, well refurbishment and underground wiring.
Ensz, Gordon –Madrid- $6,522 grant- Diesel irrigation engine to electric motor conversion and variable frequency drive (VFD) panel.
Lampmann, James –Grant- $7,837 grant– Diesel to electric motor conversion and variable frequency drive.
General Service Agency, Inc.-Holdrege- $15,573 grant- Improvements to heating ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system, windows, doors, roof.
Sundog Partnership –Holdrege- $7,058 grant- Diesel irrigation engine to electric motor conversion and variable frequency drive (VFD).
Swedish Acres Inc. –Funk- $7,633 grant– Diesel engine to electric motor conversion, well refurbishment and associated underground wiring.
Stanczyk, Adam –Loup City- $2,914 grant– Diesel engine to electric motor conversion.
Contact USDA Rural Development
USDA Rural Development has seven offices across the state serving Nebraskans living in rural areas and communities. Office locations include a State Office in Lincoln, along with Area Offices in Ainsworth, Kearney, Lincoln, Norfolk, North Platte, and Scottsbluff.
Further information on this and other programs offered by USDA Rural Development is available by calling (402) 437-5551, by visiting www.rurdev.usda.gov/ne or at any local area office.