Lincoln, Nebraska, Jun 25, 2012 -- Fourteen Nebraska recipients have been selected to receive $195,700 in loans and grants. Funds will be used to install renewable energy systems and make energy efficiency improvements that will promote energy conservation.
“These energy dollars will help make needed energy conservation improvements and install new renewable energy systems,” said Nebraska State Director Maxine Moul, USDA Rural Development. “Through these projects, energy consumption will be reduced, thereby making more dollars available to be kept within rural Nebraska there by assisting the state’s rural economy.”
The funding was made available through the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP). This program provides opportunities for farmers and rural small business owners to install renewable energy systems and make energy efficiency improvements, as well explore the feasibility of implementing renewable energy projects. Additional information on the Rural Energy for America Program may be found at www.rurdev.usda.gov/ne/Energy_energy_home.htm.
Detailed below by county are the energy projects selected from the Nebraska State Office allocation of funding. Funding is contingent upon the recipient meeting the conditions of the grant and loan agreements.
Moser, Raymond –Norfolk- $2,906 grant- Diesel irrigation engine to electric motor conversion.
Rader, Lynn –Royal- $10,828 grant- Diesel irrigation engine to electric motor conversion.
Thiele, John –Clearwater- $4,371 grant- Diesel irrigation engine to electric motor conversion.
Richter, James D. –Kearney- $4,629 grant- Natural gas irrigation engine to electric motor conversion.
Dhaliwal Ventures –Big Springs- $11,533 grant- Upgrade lighting in a truck and travel terminal.
Eustis Ten, LLC –Eustis- $17,129 grant- Upgrade heating and cooling, lighting and insulation in an existing grocery store.
Wagner’s Supermarket –Arapahoe- $25,136 grant- Replace existing freezers and coolers in a grocery store.
Sjomeling Enterprises, LLC dba The Red Barn –Elwood- $4,286 grant- Replace inefficient heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system in a gas station convenience store.
Ramold, Hubert –Atkinson- $2,759 grant- Convert diesel irrigation engine to an electric motor.
Cunningham, David –Wausa- $19,655 grant- Replace existing grain dryer with a more efficient grain dryer.
Hellmuth Enterprises, LLC –Hershey- $20,000 grant and $54,700 guaranteed loan- Replace 92 feet of outdated coolers with energy efficiency coolers in a grocery store.
Struckman, Thomas –Brule- $9,098 grant- Convert diesel irrigation engine to an electric motor conversion.
Hemmer, Adam –Tarnov- $4,560 grant- Convert diesel irrigation engine to an electric motor.
Cumberlands Style Shoppe, Inc.–Geneva- $4,110 grant- Heating, lighting, door and insulation improvements.
For additional information on the USDA Rural Development Rural Energy for America Program, contact Deb Yocum, firstname.lastname@example.org; (402) 437-5554. Visit www.rurdev.usda.gov/ne/.