Albuquerque, Jan 03, 2012 -- Release No. 12-21-01
For Immediate Release
Two Las Vegas, NM Businesses Latest to Upgrade Energy Systems
Senator Bingaman and Senator Udall Join State Director Brunner to
Tour Investments made by USDA
(January 3, 2012 Albuquerque, NM) USDA Rural Development State Director Terry Brunner was joined by U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman and U.S. Senator Tom Udall to inspect and dedicate a new energy efficient power systems and a solar power system in Las Vegas, New Mexico.
The first project is a new energy efficient pumping system at the Robert Quintana Ranch just east of Las Vegas. The new electric pump will provide the power to run a circle irrigation system that provides water to a193 acres of farm land. USDA Rural Development provided a $5,439 grant to offset the cost of installing the new $21,000 system energy efficient system to replace the old diesel pumping system.
The second project that was visited was at the Lifestyle Medicine office building owned by Dr. Bradley Kanode located at 1301 8th Street in Las Vegas, New Mexico. 14 solar panels were installed on the roof of the medical building which now produces enough electrical power to offset the cost of the energy used to operate the medical facility. Lifestyle Medicine received a $4,854 grant to also offset the cost of installing a $19,000 solar power system.
Both projects were made possible through the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP). Under REAP, USDA Rural Development provides financing with grants and loan guarantees. The government will pay up to 25% of the cost to install an alternative energy system for rural small businesses, ranchers, and farms located in areas of less than 50,000 people. The program also pays for any energy efficiency project such as replacing old heaters or air conditioners or outdated lighting at a business, farm or ranch.
During the tours Brunner commented, “I’m pleased we could show Senator Bingaman these successful new energy systems. As chairman of the Energy and Natural Resources Committee the Senator has been a champion in supporting these types of projects.” Brunner added, “I also want to applaud both Mr. Quintana and Dr. Kanode for installing these systems. By doing so they are helping their businesses grow and showing others how they can save on their bottom line by reducing energy costs.”
Any rural small business owner or ag producer seeking financial support to install an alternative energy system or to install an energy efficient system such as new lighting, heaters and air conditioners through the REAP program can call any local USDA Rural Development field office, or contact the State Office in Albuquerque at 505-761-4953.
USDA Rural Development’s mission is to increase economic opportunity and improve the quality of life for rural residents. Rural Development fosters growth in homeownership, finances business development, and supports the creation of critical community and technology infrastructure. Further information on rural programs is available at any local USDA Rural Development office or by visiting USDA Rural Development’s web site at http://www.rurdev.usda.gov