Salt Lake City, Utah, Aug 14, 2012 -- Jamie Welch Jaro, Public Information Coordinator
Agriculture Secretary Vilsack Announces Funding for Projects To Boost Renewable Energy Production, Reduce Energy Consumption
SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH, August 14, 2012 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that 106 projects in 29 states, Guam and Puerto Rico have been selected for funding to produce renewable energy and make energy efficiency improvements. Six are funded in Utah. Funding is made available through USDA Rural Development’s Rural Energy for America Program (REAP), which is authorized by the 2008 Farm Bill.
“The Obama Administration is helping agricultural producers and rural small business owners across the country reduce their energy costs and consumption,” Vilsack said. “This is part of the President’s ‘all-of-the-above’ energy strategy, which involves expanding support for traditional as well as alternative energy sources. Stable energy costs create an environment for sustainable job growth in rural America.”
The six awarded projects in Utah are:
JP Larsen & Sons Dairy Farm of Newton, Utah, is awarded a grant of $20,000 to install a system of solar panels at the dairy, saving an estimated $500 per month in energy costs.
Wangsgard Willow Dairy of Logan is awarded a grant of $20,000 to install a system of solar panels, saving an estimated $400 per month in energy costs.
K Bar Ranch, located in Green River, is awarded a grant of $8,000 to install power line extension to barns, corrals, a workshop, milk barn and other buildings on the farm, replacing the currently used diesel power generators. This installation will bring an estimated savings of $500 per month in energy costs.
Lone Tree Outfitters, LLC, a business in Eureka that leads guided hunting tours, is awarded a grant of $13,500 to install solar panels on their lodge. The installation of solar panels will save an estimated $300 per month in energy costs.
Windshield Wizzard of Tremonton is awarded a grant of $1,500 to provide LED lighting, replacing current florescent tube lighting. This upgrade should save the business an estimated $150 per month.
Harris Dairyland in Richmond is awarded a grant of $64,000 to install solar panels, saving an estimated $500 per month in energy costs.
REAP provides grants and loan guarantees for agricultural producers and rural small businesses to reduce energy consumption and costs, use renewable energy technologies in their operations and conduct feasibility studies for renewable energy projects. For a complete listing of recipients announced today, click here: http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/SupportDocuments/rdREAPRecipientsAugust2012.pdf.
USDA, through its Rural Development mission area, has an active portfolio of more than $170 billion in loans and loan guarantees. These programs are designed to improve the economic stability of rural communities, businesses, residents, farmers and ranchers and improve the quality of life in rural America.