Carson City, NV., Apr 01, 2010 -- USDA Announces REAP Grant Fund Recipients; V&S True Value in Ely Already Sees Benefits of Energy Efficient HVAC System
Noticeable Cost Savings for Ely Business
(CARSON CITY-Aug. 17, 2011) Today, a long list of grant recipients will learn that they have received funding to enhance the energy efficiency of their rural business.
Under USDA’s Rural Energy for America Program (REAP), small rural businesses are eligible to apply for grants and loans to improve heating and air systems, or build alternative energy systems. This year, $19,700 in REAP funds will go to the Young Brothers Ranch in Austin to build a hydro-turbine system for alfalfa irrigation, and another $1,635 will go to Fallon’s Budget Inn for a new energy efficient heating and air conditioning system.
Out in Ely, Nevada, Jerry Martin and his partners Diane and Ray Hansen took advantage of the REAP grant three years ago, and have already seen good results from the investment.
The 40-year-old heating-air conditioning system at their V& S True Value hardware store in Ely had lost its kick. Annual maintenance costs, along with poor quality heating and air, was starting to make everyone at HMB Ely, Inc., grouchy.
Then Jerry heard about the Rural Energy for America Program, USDA Rural Development’s Energy Grant for rural businesses in communities of 50,000 or less. The grant allows farmers and ranchers or rural small businesses to purchase renewable energy systems or make energy efficiency improvements. It was just the incentive Martin needed.
“We were aware there were grant dollars, which was good, because these systems are expensive, especially for a small business,” Martin said.
With the assistance of USDA Rural Development Rural Energy Coordinator Mark Williams, Martin completed the grant application. The new HVAC system was completed in December 2009.