Trump Administration Invests $969,000 through the Rural Energy for America Program in Rural Wisconsin

Name
Jessica Mancel
Phone
City
Stevens Point
Release Date
Aug 27, 2020

Investment will Save and Generate $359,000 for Farmers, Rural Business and Agricultural Producers

STEVENS POINT, Wis., August 27, 2020 – Wisconsin State Director Frank Frassetto announced today that the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is investing $969,000 in Wisconsin to help farmers, ag producers and rural-based businesses lower energy costs.

"Embracing innovative technologies allows rural businesses to become more efficient, which ultimately improves their bottom lines by keeping costs low and productivity high," said Frassetto "Under the leadership of President Trump and Agriculture Secretary Perdue, USDA has been working tirelessly to be a strong partner to rural Wisconsin in building stronger and healthier communities, because we know when rural America thrives, all of America thrives."

USDA is awarding the grants through the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP). This program provides grants for energy audits and renewable energy development assistance. It also provides funds to agricultural producers and rural small businesses to purchase and install renewable energy systems and make energy efficiency improvements. The following are examples of projects being funding in Southwestern Wisconsin.

Duane Adrian, a small bakery owner in Bloomington, was awarded a $14,000 grant to purchase and install a 28-kW ground mounted solar array. The project will generate 34,448 kWh per year.

Grundahl Farms, a family-owned grain operation in Hollandale, was awarded a $48,000 grant to purchase and install a grain dryer. This project will save the farm $13,000 per year in energy costs and reduce energy consumption by seven residential home equivalents.

Schomberg Rolling Acres LLC, a family-owned grain farm in West Salem, was awarded a $33,000 grant to purchase and install a grain dryer. This project will generate 22,765 kWh per year and reduce energy consumption by two residential home equivalents.

Stuart Seffrood, a small investment business owner in South Wayne, was awarded a $8,000 grant to purchase and install a 24-kW solar array. This project will generate 31,905 kWh per year.

Huff-Nel-Sons Holsteins, a family owned dairy in Richland Center, was awarded a $7,000 grant to purchase and install a grain dryer. This project will save the farm $2,000 per year in energy costs and reduce energy consumption by five residential home equivalents.

Brian Perkins, a crop farmer in Muscoda, was awarded a $17,000 grant to purchase and install a grain transfer system. This project will save the farm $9,000 per year in energy costs and reduce energy consumption by 12 residential home equivalents.

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, www.rd.usda.gov/wi, call us at 715-345-7600 or email wi-rd-stateoffice@usda.gov.

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