U.S. Department of Energy - Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
Solar Energy Technologies Program – News
USDA Awards $2.1 Million to 16 Renewable Energy Projects
October 20, 2004
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced on October 13th grants
of $2.1 million to 16 business ventures related to biomass, wind, and
solar energy resources. The grantees include seven projects related to
ethanol, four related to converting farm waste into energy, two
biodiesel projects, one wind energy project, one solar energy project,
and one project to evaluate generating energy, fuel, and other
products from low-quality wood resources. The grants will go towards
efforts such as creating a business plan for harnessing wind energy in
Colorado, determining the feasibility of marketing ethanol from a
plant in Illinois, and determining the feasibility of converting dairy
biogas in Idaho into either automotive fuel or a high-purity gas for
distribution by pipeline.
The renewable energy ventures are part of $13.1 million in
agricultural product market development grants announced by USDA last
week. These "value-added" grants are aimed at refining agricultural
commodities and products to increase their value in the market place.
See the USDA press release, the list of recipients, and the project descriptions (PDF 156 KB). Download Acrobat Reader.