The Trump Administration today announced that the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is investing $34,376 in a grant to expand renewable energy systems in Mason County.
This is the first Rural Energy for America Program grant to be awarded in Mason County.
“Having the ability to produce clean, renewable energy in West Virginia is an important asset that helps the West Virginia economy and rural communities by reducing energy costs and saving money that can be utilized in other key areas of the community,” said West Virginia State Director Kris Warner. “Under the leadership of President Trump and Agriculture Secretary Perdue, USDA has been working tirelessly to be a strong partner to rural West Virginia in building stronger and healthier communities, because we know when rural America thrives, all of America thrives.”
This Rural Development grant is being awarded to H & H Cattle, Inc., to purchase and install a 70-kilowatt solar array, which will be used pumping water, drying crops, powering buildings and lights, and more. The solar array will create a savings of $6,640 per year, and the electricity produced will be the equivalent of the yearly energy consumption of 7 homes. This Rural Energy for America Program grant is part of a statewide investment of more than $1 million in funds for renewable energy projects.
The Rural Energy for America Program provides guaranteed loan financing and grant funding to agricultural producers and rural small businesses for renewable energy systems or to make energy efficiency improvements. For more information about the program, visit https://go.usa.gov/xGNsZ.
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.
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