The United States Department of Agriculture recently announced the opening of a new application cycle for our Rural Energy for America Program.
Online PR News – 23-March-2015 – New York, NY – “Last month, the USDA announced the opening of the new application cycle for its Rural Energy for America Program,” says Aurimas Sabulis, managing director of Intus Windows (www.intuswindows.com/" target="_blank" class="highlight_link" rel="nofollow">http://www.intuswindows.com/), a worldwide leader in the manufacture of energy-efficient triple pane windows. “In addition to the announcement, a national stakeholder forum was held, which discussed program changes and provided examples of successful projects from previous years.”
For example, according to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), a good example of a Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) success story comes out of Utah.
Ideal Dairy Restaurant of Richfield, Utah used a REAP grant to leverage a loan and install an array of solar panels on the roof of its retail location. The addition has saved an average of $400 a month in electricity expenditures for the restaurant’s owners. A larger scale solar project in Guayanila, Puerto Rico allowed a major employer, Master Paints and Chemicals Corporation, to completely offset its $180,000 annual energy expenses and give it independence from fossil fuel-based energy.
“Solar panels are just one example of what can be done with REAP,” says Sabulis. “The 2014 Farm Bill provided funding for the REAP program for energy efficiency improvements for agricultural producers and rural small businesses. These can include new, high efficiency heating and cooling equipment, energy efficient windows and insulation, and even wind turbine or hydroelectric projects.”
According to Sabulis, Intus window products have already helped bring to life energy efficient homes and buildings in various climate zones and environments found across the United States.
“The USDA is continually discussing options for leveraging REAP and other Rural Business programs,” says Sabulis. “Through its partnerships with rural bankers they manage to leverage Federal funding and improve access to capital in rural communities. That amplifies the effect and reach of the Rural Energy for America Program guarantees and grants.”
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