Delaware farms, business get solar energy grants from U.S. Dept. of Agriculture


The U.S. Department of Agriculture awarded grants for projects in all states and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico to reduce energy costs for farmers, ag producers, and rural-based businesses and institutions.

Under the announcement, USDA is investing $9.3 million through the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) for renewable energy and energy efficiency projects across the nation. Congress appropriated $50 million for REAP grants and loan guarantees in fiscal2019. USDA will make additional funding announcements in the REAP program in coming weeks.

Recipients can use REAP funding for a variety of needs, such as conducting energy audits and installing renewable energy systems such as biomass, geothermal, hydropower and solar. Funds also can be used to make energy efficiency improvements to heating, ventilation and cooling systems; insulation; and lighting and refrigeration.

Grants awarded for installing solar array systems in Delaware are as follows:

  • ASA Properties LLC,$20,000.
  • Bayside Exteriors LLC, $8,202.
  • Leroy Collins, $20,000.
  • CSC Auto Center LLC, $20,000.
  • J Wright Family Farms LLC, $20,000
  • Lomas Properties LLC, $15,298
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