HARRISBURG, Pa. — The USDA recently announced funding for 631 projects across the nation — including 35 in Pennsylvania — that will help agricultural producers and rural small businesses reduce their energy consumption and costs, use renewable energy technologies in their operations or conduct feasibility studies for renewable energy projects.
Grant and loan funding is made available through the USDA’s Rural Energy for America Program, or REAP, which is authorized by the 2008 Farm Bill.
REAP helps producers reduce energy costs and increase production efficiency. For example:
The Loch Family of Loch’s Maple Syrup in Springville, Susquehanna County, will use a $9,347 grant to install a more efficient maple syrup evaporator, offsetting more than 80 percent of energy costs.
Cove Veterinary Services in Curryville, Blair County, was awarded a $10,525 grant to install a 10-kilowatt solar electrical system that will replace approximately 100 percent of its current electrical usage.