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Additional REAP Awards for Farm Digesters

27 September 2013

US - The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently announced funding for projects in 22 states that will help agricultural producers and rural small businesses reduce their energy consumption and costs.

Funding also will allow producers to use renewable energy technologies in their operations and conduct feasibility studies for renewable energy projects. Grant and loan funding is made available through USDA’s Rural Energy for America Program (REAP), which is authorized by the 2008 Farm Bill.

REAP helps producers reduce energy costs and increase efficiency. Under the terms of REAP, up to 25 percent of an eligible energy production or conservation project can be funded through a grant, and additional support can be provided in the form of a loan guarantee. Since the start of the Obama Administration, REAP has helped fund nearly 8,000 renewable energy and energy efficiency projects nationwide.

REAP offers financial assistance to farmers, ranchers and rural small businesses to purchase and install renewable energy systems and make energy efficiency improvements. These federal funds leverage other private funding sources.

REAP projects also help to conserve natural resources and foster the development of new forms of energy that reduce America's dependence on fossil fuels and create a stronger rural economy.

The most recent announcement included two REAP grant recipients who are using funds to install or enhance anaerobic digesters at their site:

  • Noblehurst Green Energy, LLC (New York) – Installation of an anaerobic digester
  • Westminster Energy Group, LLC (Vermont) – Addition of a generator to increase energy output from an anaerobic digester

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