U.S. Department of Energy - Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
Federal Energy Management Program
USDA Awards $22.8 Million for Renewable and Efficiency Projects
September 22, 2004
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced on September 15th that it has selected 167 renewable energy and energy efficiency projects to
receive a total of $22.8 million in competitive grants. Rural small
businesses, farmers, and ranchers will use the funds to build
renewable energy systems and install energy efficiency improvements.
Of the 94 renewable energy projects, most are either wind turbines or
anaerobic digesters that convert farm wastes into energy, although a
handful of projects involve solar power, geothermal energy, and
biodiesel fuels. Most of the 73 energy efficiency grants will go
towards upgrading buildings used by agricultural producers. See the
USDA press release and the full list of grant recipients.
The USDA's Renewable Energy Systems and Energy Efficiency Improvements
program was created as part of the 2002 Farm Bill to assist farmers,
ranchers, and rural small businesses in developing renewable energy
systems and making energy efficiency improvements to their operations.
See the program Web site.