|Feb 01, 2012 --
Rural Ranch Cuts Down on Energy Waste, Expands Reach with REAP Grant
Outline Of Need:
K-Bar Ranch covers a large expanse of land in the desert sands of Utah, home to cattle and acres of crop land. To maintain their rate of production and increase their efficiency, the ranch needed to install an alternative energy source to their diesel generators.
How Rural Development Helped:
USDA Rural Development assisted the ranch and combined a $160,410 Rural Energy for America Program grant with $1,000,000 from an Agricultural Resource Development Loan toward the purchase and installation of 18 miles of power transmission line as well as electrical generators.
The installation of 18 miles of power transmission line extension allows the ranch to power their new electrical generators. These new generators replace the old ones, powered by diesel. By replacing the cost of diesel with clean, renewable electricity, it is estimated their cost savings amount to $200,000 per year. This savings not only impacts the environment in a positive way by eliminating diesel emissions from the air, it frees up expenses to be better put toward the ranch’s organic product and promotion.
REAP Grants provide for energy audits and renewable energy development assistance. It also provides funds to agricultural producers and rural small businesses to purchase and install renewable energy systems and make energy efficiency improvements.