Lewiston, ME, Jun 06, 2012 -- USDA Rural Development Under Dallas Tonsager announced $161,108 to ten Maine farms and businesses through the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP).
"This visit to Forage Market is another example of how this Administration's "all of the above" approach to energy independence is making a real difference in improving the bottom line for America's entrepreneurs," said Under Secretary Dallas Tonsager. "Every investment made in renewable and cost-effective alternatives will lessen our dependence on foreign sources of energy and improve the economy of these rural Maine communities."
During his visit to Forage Market, a local fresh foods market, Tonsager viewed the Market’s new natural gas system which will provide a more energy efficient heating and cooling system and has a solar heating coil that provides hot water for the business. REAP Grant funds in the amount of $19,275 were utilized. The system is expected to create an energy savings of $8,687 annually.
The other Maine businesses and agricultural producers that received REAP Grants are as follows:
• Inn of Acadia, LLC, in Frenchville, has been selected to receive a grant in the amount of $33,250 for upgrading the HVAC system of a 1956 year old building in Madawaska which will provide heating, A/C and ventilation for increased comfort and air quality while reducing energy consumed.
• LaJoie Growers, LLC, in Van Buren has been selected to receive a grant in the amount of $6,612. This project will replace light fixtures, add light sensors to circulating pumps to reduce energy consumption and save on energy costs for their building.
• Broadturn Farm, in Scarborough, has been selected to receive a grant in the amount of $8,062 for the purchase and installation of a renewable energy GARN biomass system.
• Cozy Acres Greenhouses, in North Yarmouth, has been selected to receive a grant in the amount of $48,750 for the purchase and installation of a new solar PV system and a new geothermal system for the greenhouse in North Yarmouth. These systems will help create a zero carbon footprint in the growing of plants and vegetables for the community.
• Potts Harbor Lobster, Inc., in Harpswell, has been selected to receive a grant of $11,750 for the purchase and installation of a renewable energy solar PV system for the Lobster Wharf.
• Long Meadow Farm, in Gardiner has been selected to receive a grant in the amount of $3,854 for the purchase and installation of a renewable energy solar PV system.
• Hutchings Greenhouse, Inc., in Eddington, has been selected to receive a grant in the amount of $5,850 for the acquisition and installation of an Envision Series Geothermal Indoor Split Heat Pump system to reduce fossil fuel purchases, resulting in reducing energy costs and gallons of oil purchased.
• Meadowmere Motel Corp., in Ogunquit, has been selected to receive a grant in the amount of $20,000 for the purchase and installation of a solar photovoltaic system to produce 17,776 kWh per year.
• Haley Construction, Inc., in Sangerville, has been selected to receive a grant in the amount of $3,705 for the purchase and installation of a propane fired boiler. The new boiler will provide cost savings of $7,264 and BTU savings of 274 million BTUs per year at Haley Construction, Inc.’s Sangerville facility.
REAP was authorized under the 2002 Farm Bill and is administered by USDA Rural Development. Since the first REAP awards were made in 2003, the program has helped more than 13,000 rural small businesses and agricultural producers, saved enough energy to power nearly 600,000 American homes for a year, and funded more than 1,000 solar projects and more than 560 wind projects nationwide.
USDA Rural Development has Area Offices located in Presque Isle, Bangor, Lewiston, and Scarborough, as well as a State Office, located in Bangor. There are 69 employees working to deliver the agency’s Housing, Business, and Community Programs, which are designed to improve the economic stability of rural communities, businesses, residents, and farmers, and improve the quality of life in rural Maine. Further information on rural programs is available at a local USDA Rural Development office or by visiting USDA Rural Development's web site at http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/me.