DOVER, Del., August 19, 2020 – The Trump Administration today announced that the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is investing $194,403 in Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) Grant Funds to help small businesses purchase renewable energy systems in rural Delaware.
“Investing in renewable energy for rural small businesses helps keep their doors open and their venture 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 Delaware in building stronger and healthier communities, because we know when rural America thrives, all of America thrives.”
Coastal Car Wash, LLC, is an express car wash facility that will use a $20,000 REAP Grant for the purchase of a 61-kW solar array to construct a renewable energy system. This project will realize $5,562 in savings annually and replace 69,525 kWh (46%).
Beach Babies Child Care, Inc., is a licensed child-care facility that will use a $20,000 REAP Grant for purchasing a 65-kW solar array to build a renewable energy system. This project will realize $11,063 in savings annually and replace 85,766 kWh (99%).
Lazy Boy Farm, Inc., is primarily a potato crop farm, with partial wheat, corn, and soybean crop rotations. The farm will use a $15,200 REAP Grant for purchasing a 28-kW solar array to construct a renewable energy system. This project will realize $3,331 in savings annually and replace 37,012 kWh (100%).
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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