USDA Rural Development Utah State Director Randy Parker today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is making investments to help Utah rural-based businesses lower energy costs.
“Business owners who take advantage of energy-saving and cost-cutting technology are in a better position to create jobs,” Parker said. “USDA is committed to partnering with rural businesses so they in turn are strong partners for their communities.”
USDA is providing the funding through the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP). Recipients can use REAP funding for energy audits and to install renewable energy systems such as biomass, geothermal, hydropower and solar. The funding can also be used to increase energy efficiency. The Department is providing 640 awards to applicants nationwide today.
Halterman Brothers, Inc. in Parowan will purchase and install two solar arrays totaling 341 kW which are estimated to replace 623,080 kWh per year in electricity. This project will save the family-owned farm $62,308 each year.
Spark Innovation LLC in American Fork will install a 133kW solar array. This project will replace 100% of annual electricity used by the company, saving nearly $23,000 each year.
Hammer Head LLC in Brigham City will install a 68.6 kW roof-mounted solar array. This project will replace 100% of annual electricity used by the company.
AE Properties LLC in Logan will install a 54 kW solar array, replacing 98% of annual electricity used per year.
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/ut.