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USDA Invests $121 Million in Critical Infrastructure to Combat Climate Change Across Rural America

Name
Miguel A. Ramirez
Phone
City
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Release Date
Aug 25, 2022

10 Projects in Puerto Rico Received Funds

 

Versión en Español aquí

 

San Juan, Puerto Rico, August 25, 2022 – USDA Deputy Secretary Dr. Jewel Bronaugh today announced USDA is investing $121 million in critical infrastructure to combat climate change across rural America. The investments include $111 million for 289 projects to help people living in socially vulnerable communities.

“Rural America is on the front lines of climate change, and our communities deserve investments that will strengthen all of our resilience,” Bronaugh said. “The Biden-Harris Administration has created a roadmap for how we can tackle the climate crisis and expand access to renewable energy infrastructure. The investments we’re announcing today and those that will be made possible by historic funding from President Biden’s Inflation Reduction Act will strengthen our energy security, create good-paying jobs and save Americans money on their energy costs.”

The funding will help people in 49 states, Guam and Puerto Rico. It reflects the many ways USDA Rural Development helps rural residents, businesses and communities address economic development, infrastructure and social service needs. 

Luis R. García, Acting State Director for USDA Rural Development indicated that 10 projects in Puerto Rico where awarded funds they are: Aires y Servicios Contratistas Mecanicos of San Lorenzo, Kefruits LLC of Carolina, Power Comm Inc. of Hatillo, Giacrimar Corporation of Hatillo, Cienaga Dairy LLC of Hatillo, Laboratorio Clinico Lopez LLC, Loyd Sanabria Hernandez, of Salinas, Laboratorio Clinico Plaza Oasis of Santa Isabel, Farmacia La Aurora Yauco, and Farmacia Minelly Inc. of Orocovis.

These investments reflect the goals of President Biden’s Inflation Reduction Act, which addresses immediate economic needs and includes the largest ever federal investment in clean energy for the future. For example, the Act includes $14 billion in funding for USDA programs that support the expansion of biofuels and help rural businesses and electric cooperatives transition to renewable energy and zero-emission systems. 

Bronaugh highlighted a total of 415 investments that USDA is making through three programs specifically designed to help people and businesses in rural areas. These programs are Community Facilities Disaster Grants, Rural Energy for America Program Renewable Energy Systems & Energy Efficiency Improvement Guaranteed Loans & Grants, and Rural Energy for America Program Energy Audits and Renewable Energy Development Grants.

The investments will help state and local government entities, and nonprofit organizations, and construct, renovate or purchase and install equipment for essential community facilities for public use in rural areas. They also will help agricultural producers and rural small businesses purchase and install renewable energy systems as well as make energy efficiency improvements. The investments will also help with energy audits, renewable energy technical assistance, and renewable energy site assessments.

Under the Biden-Harris Administration, Rural Development provides loans and grants to help expand economic opportunities, create jobs and improve the quality of life for millions of Americans 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 and high-poverty areas. For more information, visit www.rd.usda.gov. If you’d like to subscribe to USDA Rural Development updates, visit our GovDelivery subscriber page. You can follow us at our Tweeter Account @RD_PuertoRico.

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