9 small businesses get solar power grants

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Dover's SUN Park has a field of solar panels.
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Delaware’s Congressional Delegation announced $1.3 million for nine Delaware projects that will lower energy costs for small businesses in Delaware as part of the Rural Energy for America Program and the Inflation Reduction Act.

“USDA Rural Development is proud to support rural small businesses and ag producers in Delaware through our Rural Energy for America Program,” said David Baker, USDA Rural Development State Director. “Through this critical investment, nine Delaware businesses are receiving funding that will help them to operate more sustainably, lower the cost of doing business, and contribute to resilient, clean, and thriving rural communities.”

The announcement from the U.S. Department of Agriculture includes millions in loans and grants to agriculture producers and rural small businesses to make investments in renewable energy and energy efficiency improvements that will lower costs, generate new income, and strengthen the resilience of their operations.

The nine Delaware projects to receive funding are:

  1. $139,560 for Stephens Enterprises, Inc., a pallet manufacturing business in Bridgeville, to help purchase and install a roof-mounted solar system.
  2. $193,741 for Raghunandan Farms, Inc., a poultry and farming business in Millsboro, to help purchase and install a ground-mounted solar system.
  3. $220,000 for First State Motors, Inc., a car dealership in Georgetown, to help purchase and install a roof-mounted solar system.
  4. $16,000 for Blue Hen Dental, LLC, a dental practice in Smyrna, to help purchase and install a roof-mounted solar system.
  5. $12,748 for Blue Orchid Properties LLC, a software business in Magnolia, to help purchase and install a roof-mounted solar system.
  6. $20,000 for Floyd A. Megee Motor Company, a new and used car dealership in Georgetown, to help purchase and install a roof-mounted solar system.
  7. $67,680 for Isabella, LLC, a self-storage facility in Delmar, to help purchase and install a roof-mounted solar system.
  8. $129,600 for Lewes Properties, LLC, a climate-controlled self-storage facility in Lewes, to help purchase and install a roof-mounted solar system.
  9. $477,811 for Three Puglisi Brothers, Inc., an egg-producing business in Middletown, to help purchase and install a roof-mounted solar system.

Further information on the USDA Rural Energy for America Program is available on this webpage.

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