Montpelier, VT, Mar 20, 2012 -- To accompany today’s release by Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack of a report highlighting the ways in which USDA’s Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) contributes to U.S. energy independence, the Montpelier, Vermont based USDA Rural Development team assembled a group of stakeholders to showcase successes and encourage new projects.
Present at the meeting were prior program recipients Ernie Pomerleau, developer of the Ferrisburg Solar Farm and William MacClay, principal of MacClay Planners and Architects. Pomerleau and MacClay provided an overview of their development models and highlighted how USDA Rural Development services were vital to their respective projects.
“During the 2009 – 2011 periods, the Vermont Rural Development office has approved 97 energy projects generating the energy equivalent to the needs of 2,404 average Vermont homes assuming 1,000 kWh per home per month,” explained State Director Molly Lambert. Lambert went on to explain that, “Projects such as the 1 megawatt Ferrisburg Solar Farm and Net Zero equivalent installation by MacClay Architects serve as practical working models to decrease Vermont’s dependence on foreign fossil fuels and support local construction jobs.”
Application information for the Fiscal 2012 Rural Energy For America Program can be obtained by calling the Vermont Rural Development office at 802-828-6031. The deadline for grant and grant/loan guarantee requests is March 30, 2012 and the deadline for loan guarantee only requests is June 29, 2012.
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