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USDA Invests in Energy Projects to Help New York Farmers, Rural Small Businesses Lower Energy Costs

Christopher Stewart
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State Director for Rural Development in New York Richard Mayfield today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has awarded grants for 18 projects in New York to reduce energy costs for farmers and rural small businesses. The grants provide up to 25% of the total installed costs of the systems.

   “Lowering energy costs helps rural businesses improve their bottom line and create jobs,” Mayfield said. “Under the leadership of President Trump and Agriculture Secretary Perdue,  USDA is committed to increasing economic development in America’s rural communities through strong partnerships. When rural America thrives, all of America thrives.”

   USDA is investing more than $206,000 in rural New York, part of a national investment of $9.3 million through the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) for renewable energy and energy efficiency improvement projects. A full national list of awarded projects can be found here. Congress appropriated $50 million for REAP grants and loan guarantees in fiscal year 2019. USDA will announce more funded REAP projects soon.

   Recipients use REAP funds to cost-share the purchase and installation of renewable energy systems, including solar, biomass, wind, geothermal, and hydropower.  Funds also are used to make energy efficiency improvements to buildings and equipment, such as grain dryers, heating, ventilation and cooling systems, insulation, lighting, and refrigeration.

   For information on USDA priorities, please view the Report to the President of the United States from the Task Force on Agriculture and Rural Prosperity (PDF, 5.4 MB). To view the categories of the Task Force’s recommendations, please open the Rural Prosperity infographic (PDF, 190 KB).

   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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