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Release No. STELPRD4013068
ContactVicki Schurman402-437-5563
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(NOVEMBER 14, 2011) AGRICULTURE SECRETARY VILSACK ANNOUNCES RECIPIENTS FOR ENERGY AUDITS, RENEWABLE ENERGY DEVELOPMENT ASSISTANCE, AND FEASIBILITY STUDIES FUNDING--NEBRASKA RECIPIENT AWARDED $10,000

Harrisburg, PA, Nov 14, 2011 -- Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has announced that USDA has selected for funding 67 projects nationwide that are focused on helping rural agricultural producers reduce energy consumption and costs; use renewable energy technologies in their operation; and/or conduct feasibility studies for renewable energy projects. Funding is made available through the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP), which is authorized by the 2008 Farm Bill.

Growth Design Energy Nebraska, LLC of Seward, Nebraska is the recipient of a $10,000 feasibility study grant that will determine the feasibility of a regional anaerobic digester using local agriculture and aggregated industrial organic wastes available from local sources. The study will evaluate by-products and provide guidance on the conversion of the collected methane gas into useable energy. Also evaluated will be the potential for the direct use or sale of electricity, or possible clean up of the methane for natural gas distribution system injection. The recipient will contribute $30,000 towards the study.

Funding is made available through the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) under the 2008 Farm Bill. REAP loan guarantees and grants can be used for renewable energy systems, energy efficiency improvements, feasibility studies, renewable energy development assistance and energy audits. More information on the REAP program can be found at http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/BCP_ReapGrants.html. Funding is contingent upon the recipient meeting the conditions for the grant.

For additional information in Nebraska, contact Deb Yocum at debra.yocum@ne.usda.gov

or (402) 437-5554. Visit www.rurdev.usda.gov/ne.

Last Modified:08/29/2012 
 
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