|Sep 01, 2012 --
Outline of Need:
Aegis Systems, located in Covington, is a Business Management Consultant Company that provides environmental and business administration services. Rural Development was contacted to help with a comprehensive plan and feasibility study for a small-scale traditional biodiesel processing plant that would help with job creation for returning military veterans, second chance individuals, and first-time job seekers, in green technologies.
How Rural Development Helped:
Kevin Boone, USDA Rural Energy Coordinator worked with Aegis Systems to obtain a Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) grant in the amount of $7,500 to determine technical requisites and economic analysis for successful planning, development, and operation, for a biodiesel plant in St. Helena Parish.
Kevin provided technical assistance, offered guidance, and worked hand-in-hand, with Aegis Systems to get through the application process in a timely manner.
The End Result:
Two years ago, Kevin had the opportunity to meet Zarin Miller, a minority business owner. Zarin is the President/CEO of Aegis Systems, LLC an Asian-American consulting firm.
At that time, Zarin was unfamiliar with the REAP program. However, Kevin continued to distribute information and provide resources regarding Rural Development’s energy efficiency initiatives and other programs throughout the years. He was aware that Aegis was reaching out to assist other companies with development opportunities and that eventually the company would take advantage of Rural Development’s programs. Also, he is aware of the challenges small business owners face daily to fund energy efficiency improvements for their business. With his help, Aegis Systems will commission a feasibility study to assist with the development and operation of a biodiesel processing plant.
The biodiesel plant will recycle used cooking oil. The oil will be collected from institutions and restaurants throughout the parishes and transported to a warehouse to be filtered through a gravity filtration process before chemically converted into biodiesel fuel. The location chosen is in rural Greensburg, Louisiana. The area is known as the Florida Parishes: specifically, St. Helena, Washington, Tangipahoa, St. Tammany, and Livingston.
“I maintain contact with local and regional organizations, businesses, and individuals, to keep them updated on Rural Development’s programs and services. Biodiesel is helping to reduce US dependence on foreign petroleum, creating jobs, and improving our environment. There are many small businesses throughout Louisiana in need of help understanding RD programs, services, and application requirements. This is one of many examples where USDA Rural Development provides personal assistance in program delivery,” said Kevin.