USDA Rural Development California State Director Kim Dolbow Vann highlighted today more than $7.4 million to help California ag producers and rural businesses reduce their energy costs.
“Whether it’s on the family farm or Main Street, we know that every business is looking to improve their bottom line,” said Vann. “Rural Development’s energy program is a great tool to both help lower costs and reduce energy use.”
Today’s announcement will help support twelve different ag producers and rural small businesses located in Butte, Mendocino, Merced, Napa, San Bernardino, San Luis Obispo, Sonoma and Stanislaus counties.
- Roplast Industries, Inc. - $198,375 grant for a 345 kW solar array at their business in Oroville.
- IP Malbec, LLC - $1,900,00 loan guarantee to install a 1.441 MW solar power generation facility in Willits.
- David Santos Farming - $235,950 grant for a 569 kW solar array at their farm in Los Banos.
- Five H Dairy Biogas, LLC - $237,050 grant for a biogas conditioning system and blower for use with an anaerobic digester at their dairy operation in Merced.
- RP Napa Solar 1, LLC - $4,275,000 loan guarantee to install a 3.991 MW solar power generation facility in American Canyon.
San Bernardino County
- Lohgarh, Inc. - $81,445 grant for a 182 kW solar array at their business in Newberry Springs.
- Samra & Sons, Inc - $125,419 grant for a 250 kW solar array at their business in Yermo.
San Luis Obispo County
- Dr. Halley Moore Enterprises, Inc - $12,424 grant for a 15.48 kW solar array at their business in Templeton.
- Loma Linda Vineyards, LLC - $25,410 grant for a 36kW solar array at their vineyard and winery in Paso Robles.
- Loma Seca, LLC - $20,000 grant for a 19 kW solar array at their vineyard in Paso Robles.
- Inpipe Energy Development, LLC - $98,750 grant for an 80 kW hydroelectric system in Oakville.
- Alamo Farms - $250,000 grant for a 1,148 kW solar array at their farming operations in Crows Landing.
Funding for today’s announcement is provided through USDA’s Rural Energy for America Program (REAP). REAP funds are available to help ag producers and rural small businesses make energy efficiency improvements or for renewable energy systems.
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/ca.