USDA Rural Development State Director Dave Conine today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is investing nearly $329,000 to help small businesses in Utah save money on their energy costs by installing solar panels.
“Business owners understand that energy wasted is money wasted,” Conine said, “By installing renewable energy systems, Utah business owners not only benefit by shrinking their monthly utility costs, they also free up dollars to expand their services.”
The funds, awarded to four businesses in rural Utah, are provided through the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP). Recipients will use the loan and grants to install renewable energy systems on their respective buildings:
$43,564 grant to G.O. Green Enterprises Inc. in Cedar City
$37,250 grant and $74,500 loan to HTAK, LLC in Delta
$27,992 grant to Tischner Ford in Santaquin
$145,600 grant to Wilson Capital, LLC in Logan
Businesses and agricultural producers may apply for energy audit and renewable energy development assistance grants and renewable energy system and energy efficiency guaranteed loans and grants with the REAP program.
In Utah during Fiscal Year 2016, 14 total projects were funded with loans and grants to implement renewable energy and energy efficiency improvements in rural areas throughout the state. For additional information on how to apply for REAP or questions about the program, contact the USDA energy coordinator for Utah: Jason Justesen (435) 283-8004 ext. 106 or Jason.email@example.com.
To read more about USDA’s investments in renewable energy, visit USDA’s entry on Medium.com, Powering America with a More Sustainable Energy Future.