Lincoln, Nebraska, Nov 14, 2011 -- Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that USDA is funding projects to harness wind, solar, geothermal and hydroelectric power to reduce energy costs for farms and small business across rural America.
In Nebraska Dr. Michelle Huddle in Valentine, Nebraska will receive an $11,058 grant to install a geothermal unit in a new veterinary clinic. Tekolste Enterprises Inc. of Firth, Nebraska will use a $19,750 grant to install a 25KW wind turbine to offset energy use of their truck repair business.
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.
For additional information on the USDA Rural Development Rural Energy for America Program, contact Deb Yocum, firstname.lastname@example.org; (402) 437-5554. Visit www.rurdev.usda.gov/ne/.