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Release No. STELPRD4012458
ContactVicki Schurman402-437-5563
Deb Yocum402-437-5554
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(SEPTEMBER 16, 2011) USDA RURAL DEVELOPMENT AWARDS FUNDING TO 24 NEBRASKA RECIPIENTS TO ASSIST WITH ENERGY NEEDS

Lincoln, Nebraska, Sep 16, 2011 -- Twenty-four Nebraska recipients have been selected to receive $236,205 in loans and grants.  Funds will be used to install renewable energy systems and make energy efficiency improvements that will promote energy conservation. Twenty-two awarded projects will make energy efficiency improvements. Two will install renewable energy systems, including flexible fuel pump installations, a component new to the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) this year.

“These energy dollars will help make needed energy conservation improvements and install new renewable energy systems,” 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 and assisting the state’s rural economy.”

 

The REAP program provides opportunities for farmers and rural small business owners to also explore the feasibility of implementing renewable energy projects.  The grants provide for up to 25 percent of the eligible project costs. Additional information on the Rural Energy for America Program may be found at www.rurdev.usda.gov/ne/Energy_energy_home.htm.

The energy projects selected from the Nebraska State Office allocation of funding are listed below, by county. Funding is contingent upon the recipient meeting the conditions of the grant and loan agreements.

Antelope:

Hemenway, Terry –Orchard- $4,947 grant- Diesel irrigation engine to electric motor conversion, head shaft, pump panel and underground wiring.

Morrison, Brett –Clearwater- $14,456 grant- Two diesel irrigation engines to electric motor conversions and one well rebowl.

Young, Marvin –Royal- $10,875 grant- Three diesel irrigation engines to electric motor conversions.

Brown:

Wegener, Donald –Norfolk- $1,800 grant- Diesel irrigation engine to electric motor conversion, head shaft, pump panel and underground wiring.

Cherry:

Shear Madness –Valentine- $5,633 grant- Replacing a window and door, and adding insulation to hair salon business.

Cheyenne:

Rauner and Associates –Sidney- $7,696 grant- Window upgrades for Certified Public Accounting business.

Colfax:

Clarkson Body Shop, Inc –Clarkson- $4,700 grant- Commercial building retrofit including the installation of efficient lighting, insulation, and a roof.

Dawson:

Taproot P.C. dba Eastside Animal Center –Gothenburg- $6,750 grant- Install a geothermal direct use system in the facility’s new expansion.

Dodge:

Old Hotel Café and Saloon –Scribner- $9,180 grant- Replace inefficient furnace, water heater, doors and windows.

Thernes, Louis –Hooper- $4,594 grant- Diesel irrigation engine to electric motor conversion.

Dundy:

Nichols, Charles –Wauneta- $7,008 grant- Diesel irrigation engine to electric motor conversion.

Garden:

McCabe, Michael –Millsboro- $6,739 grant- Two diesel irrigation engines to electric motor conversions and one high pressure to low pressure nozzle replacement.

Keith:

Dennis Campbell dba Paxton Pit Stop –Paxton- $10,382 grant- Install two flexible fuel pumps offering consumers greater fuel choice at the pump.

Hansmeier, Tom –Ogallala- $3,151 grant- Diesel irrigation engine to electric motor conversion.

Knox:

Eggerling, Roger –Creighton- $4,085 grant- Diesel irrigation engine to electric motor conversion.

Madison:

DEG Enterprises, Inc. –Norfolk- $46,974 grant- Commercial remodel, insulation, heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC), roof, windows.

Dusel, Mike –Meadow Grove- $3,279 grant- Diesel irrigation engine to electric motor conversion.

Nance:

Kula, Richard –St. Edward- $20,081 grant- Gated pipe to center pivot and diesel engine to electric motor irrigation conversions.

Platte:

Gleeson, Gerald –Monroe- $20,000 grant- Grain dryer replacement.

Red Willow:

Brooks, Jeff –Indianola- $2,408 grant- Diesel irrigation engine to electric motor conversion.

Scottsbluff:

Chet Cochran Farms, Inc.-Gering- $2,760 grant- Diesel irrigation engine to electric motor conversion.

Sherman:

Eckhout, Nathan dba Swagger Steakhouse –Litchfield- $3,348 grant- Replace heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system.

Sioux:

Rea’s (Grocery Store) –Harrison- $10,459 grant and $20,900 loan- Convert oil burner to efficient heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system, replace windows and make cooler upgrades.

York:

Harrington, Jenni dba Harmony Nursery –Bradshaw- $4,000 grant- New insulation in ceiling and sidewalls at retail location of greenhouse business.

For additional information on the USDA Rural Development Rural Energy for America Program, contact Deb Yocum, debra.yocum@ne.usda.gov; (402) 437-5554.  Visit www.rurdev.usda.gov/ne/.

Last Modified:06/22/2012 
 
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