USDA Awards $13 Million for Rural Clean Energy Projects 

More than $60K designated for Alaska projects

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced on September 2 that it is providing more than $13 million in loans and grants for 233 renewable energy and energy efficiency projects in 38 states under the Rural Energy for America Program. The program is authorized under the 2008 Farm Bill to support clean energy projects at farms, ranches, and rural small businesses. The loan guarantees and grants can be used for renewable energy systems, energy efficiency improvements, feasibility studies, and energy audits. Among the recipients, projects range from funding for replacement of aging, inefficient farm equipment to investments in renewable energy installations, including wind, solar, biomass, and hydropower projects. The four Alaska recipients are:

  • Alascon Precast Shop, $3,700 grant
  • Heavenly Ridge, $3,800 grant
  • Bear Creek Winery, $4,500 grant
  • Alaska Power and Telephone Company, $50,000 grant

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