SALT LAKE CITY, August 24, 2022 – U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development Utah State Director, Michele Weaver, today announced that the department is investing $379,859 in clean energy to assist agriculture producers in making energy efficient improvements to combat climate change in rural Utah.
“Scientific evidence demonstrates that reducing pollution leads to fewer premature deaths and illnesses, we have a responsibility to future generations to provide a better quality of life through clean energy,” Weaver said. “The Biden Administration is committed to investing in climate resilience.”
The funding will help people throughout Utah. It reflects the many ways USDA Rural Development helps rural residents, businesses and communities address economic development, infrastructure and social service needs.
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.
- McPherson Land and Livestock Co. LLC is a family-owned ranching operation in the town of Lynndyl. They will use a $191,762 Rural Energy for America Program Renewable Energy for America Grant, to install solar panels. This project will save $36,100 in energy costs and replace 451,251 kWh per year, which is enough electricity to power 41 homes.
- Fassio Farms Inc. will use a $138,109 Rural Energy for America Program Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Grant, to install solar panels. The project will realize $42,603 per year in savings and will replace 355,031 kWh per year, which is enough electricity to power 32 homes.
- Soaring Wings Properties LLC, in Park City will use a $49,988 Rural Energy for America Program Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Grant, to install solar panels. This project will generate enough energy to power seven homes and will be used to offset energy needed within the facility.
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, Tribal 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.