HAGERSTOWN, Md., August 19, 2020 – The Trump Administration today announced that the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is investing $107,754 in Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) Grant Funds to help small businesses purchase renewable energy systems in rural Maryland.
“Investing in renewable energy for rural small businesses helps keep their doors open and their ventures profitable.” said State Director Denise Lovelady. “Additionally, lowering business costs helps them improve their bottom line and create jobs. Under the leadership of President Trump and Agriculture Secretary Perdue, USDA has been working tirelessly to be a strong partner to rural Maryland in building stronger and healthier communities, because we know when rural America thrives, all of America thrives.”
Pemberton Pharmacy, LLC, is a community-based pharmacy that will use a $18,652 REAP Grant for purchasing a 31-kW solar array to construct a renewable energy system. This project will realize $4,461 in savings annually and replace 38,799 kWh (97%).
M&C Vessey Farm, Inc., is a third-generation orchard and vegetable farm that will use a $20,000 REAP Grant for purchasing a 50-kW solar array to build a renewable energy system. This project will realize $6,369 in savings annually and replace 47,531 kWh (100%).
Wyndham Oaks, LLC, is an equestrian facility located in the Agricultural Reserve of upper Montgomery County. The business offers Olympic-sized indoor and outdoor arenas and will use a $7,968 REAP Grant for purchasing LED lighting to construct a renewable energy system. This project will realize $10,778 in savings annually and replace 98,172 kWh (64%).
USDA Rural Development provides loans and grants to help expand economic opportunities and create jobs in rural areas. This assistance supports infrastructure improvements; business development; housing; community facilities such as schools, public safety and health care; and high-speed internet access in rural areas. For more information, visit www.rd.usda.gov.
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