News Release
Release No.STELPRD4012742
ContactLarry Yerich(907) 271-2424 ext. 125
AUGUST 17, 2011)2011 RURAL ENERGY FOR AMERICA PROGRAM ALASKA GRANTEES ANNOUNCED
Anchorage, AK, Aug 17, 2011 --

@@ USDA-Rural Development Alaska State Director Jim Nordlund announced today that Alaska has been awarded 15 Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) grants under $20,000.

REAP provides grants and loan guarantees to agricultural producers and rural small businesses to help purchase renewable energy systems, make energy efficiency improvements and perform renewable energy feasibility studies. REAP also funds the development and commercialization of renewable energy sources including wind, solar, geothermal, hydrogen, ocean waves, hydroelectric, biomass, and bio-fuel (ethanol, biodiesel among others) to foster change in the way people power their homes, businesses and industries.

“The variety and extent of the REAP grants awarded to rural Alaska illustrate the diverse and unique energy needs and challenges of our rural communities. These projects incorporate the use of renewable and locally available energy sources, solar and wind, as well as energy efficiency improvements to help bring down the high cost of energy. They also demonstrate the spirit of entrepreneurship and innovation of Alaska’s small businesses,” said Nordlund.

The following list details the grantees, the amount awarded and project awarded for:

Alpine Holding, $7,492, Energy Efficiency (EE) project on a small store/laundromat in Chicken, AK that will reduce energy consumption

Alpine Holding, $5,872, small solar project to help offset power for a small store/laundromat in Chicken, AK

Dorwin Smith, $20,000, EE project to swap out all lighting on Mr. Smith’s commercial properties in Palmer and Wasilla and replace them with low energy usage light-emitting diodes (LED)

Joseph Hawkins, $5,803, solar project offsetting some power used by a chiropractic clinic in Palmer, AK

Ron Levy Photography, $15,700, solar/wind hybrid project to supply power to a Soldotna, AK photography company

Central Alaska Engineering Co., $16,100, wind project to supply power to an engineering firm in Soldotna, AK

The Driftwood Inn, $14,900, EE project to replace a boiler and provide needed upgrades to a hotel in Homer, AK

Nomar, LLC, $7,557, fabric company in Homer, AK will have EE upgrades completed on their building

Karin Marks, $4,092, owner of the Art Shop Galley in Homer, AK will make EE upgrades to her building

Dagget, LLC, $9,010, a wind turbine installed on a Nikiski, AK commercial property will offset their business energy expenses

Webco Enterprises, $15,549, owners of a Slana, AK commercial property will install solar panels to help offset their energy costs

Homer Saw and Cycle, $2,280, EE upgrades will be made on the building housing a small retail store in Homer, AK

Naknek Camai Dental Clinic, $20,000, a wind turbine will be installed on a small dental clinic in Naknek, AK to offset their energy costs

Western Guide Service, $19,950, small hunting and fishing lodge in Kenai, AK will install a wind turbine to offset their energy cost

Inlet Trading Post, $5,505, a small art gallery in Homer, AK will undergo EE upgrades to save cost on energy.