Fourteen Nebraska recipients have been selected to receive $195,700 in loans and grants. Funds will be used to install renewable energy systems and make energy efficiency improvements that will promote energy conservation.
"These energy dollars will help make needed energy conservation improvements and install new renewable energy systems," says Maxine Moul, Nebraska State Director of USDA's Rural Development. "Through these projects, energy consumption will be reduced, thereby making more dollars available to be kept within rural Nebraska there by assisting the state's rural economy."
The funding was made available through the Rural Energy for America Program. This program provides opportunities for farmers and rural small business owners to install renewable energy systems and make energy efficiency improvements, as well explore the feasibility of implementing renewable energy projects. Additional information on the Rural Energy for America Program may be found at www.rurdev.usda.gov/ne/Energy_energy_home.htm.
At least eight of the recipients received funds to convert existing diesel or natural gas irrigation engine to an electric engine.
Other grants involved energy-saving projects, including heat and cooling systems in small-town grocery stores and convenience stores. Projects to convert to more energy-efficient grain dryers also were part of the projects.
Detailed below by county are the energy projects selected from the Nebraska State Office allocation of funding. Funding is contingent upon the recipient meeting the conditions of the grant and loan agreements.REAP provides financial assistance, both loans and grants, to qualified applicants to finance renewable energy projects. Among those projects are renewable biomass, anaerobic digesters, small and large wind projects, and solar systems.