USDA Helps Rural Businesses Make Energy Efficiency Improvements, Adopt Renewable Energy Systems in Texas

Name
Erika Archie
Phone
City
Temple
Release Date
Dec 10, 2019

TEMPLE, TX, Dec. 10, 2019 — State Director for Rural Development Edd Hargett today announced that USDA is investing over $1 million to help farmers, ag producers and rural-based businesses lower energy costs. USDA is providing the funding through the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP).

“By lowering energy costs, these businesses and ag producers can become more competitive and create more jobs that will help to make rural communities prosper,” said Hargett. 

Recipients can use REAP funding to install renewable energy systems such as biomass, geothermal, hydropower and solar. The funding can also be used to increase energy efficiency by making improvements to heating, ventilation and cooling systems; insulation; and lighting and refrigeration.  

Texas projects announced today are:

County

Recipient

Amount

Purpose

Gonzales

Cadence H. Bailey dba Bailey Chick Inn

 $     42,477

Poultry House Retrofits

Hopkins

Saibagavan Ci 2 LLC

 $     36,675

Installing a Solar Array System

Hopkins

Village Chicken Farms, LLC

 $     49,897

Poultry House Retrofits

Hunt

Commerce Lodging Investments, LLC

 $     49,625

Installing a Solar Array System

Hunt

Sandhu Lodging, Inc.

 $     49,625

Installing a Solar Array System

Kaufman

Gautej Enterprise Inc.

 $     49,625

Installing a Solar Array System

Kaufman

Janaki, LLC dba Days Inn

 $     49,625

Installing a Solar Array System

Limestone

Pramukh Darsan Management, LLC

 $     49,625

Installing a Solar Array System

Red River

Hagler Farm, Inc.

 $     39,451

Poultry House Retrofits

Travis

Fifth Generation, Inc

 $   500,000

Installing a Solar Array System

Van Zandt

Maha Ganga, LLC dba Super 8

 $     49,625

Installing a Solar Array System

Van Zandt

Snj Hospitality, LLC

 $     49,625

Installing a Solar Array System

Wise

HMV Investment Corporation

 $     49,625

Installing a Solar Array System

In April 2017, President Donald J. Trump established the Interagency Task Force on Agriculture and Rural Prosperity to identify legislative, regulatory and policy changes that could promote agriculture and prosperity in rural communities. In January 2018, Secretary Perdue presented the Task Force’s findings to President Trump. These findings included 31 recommendations to align the federal government with state, local and tribal governments to take advantage of opportunities that exist in rural America. Supporting the rural workforce was a cornerstone recommendation of the task force.

To view the report in its entirety, please view the Report to the President of the United States from the Task Force on Agriculture and Rural Prosperity (PDF, 5.4 MB). In addition, to view the categories of the recommendations, please view 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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