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The U.S. Department of Agriculture granted over $350,000 to 13 Indiana farms and rural businesses to use for renewable energy and energy efficiency projects. The funding is a part of Rural Energy for America Program (REAP).
The Indiana projects are among 540 projects that received grants or loans across the nation. The total amount of grant awards and loan agreements exceeds $68 million.
“These loan guarantees and grants will have far-reaching impacts nationwide, particularly in the rural communities where these projects are located,” said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. “Investing in renewable energy and energy efficiency will continue the unprecedented increase in home-grown energy sources and American energy independence we’ve seen in recent years. This is creating jobs, providing new economic opportunities and leading the way to a more secure energy future.”
In order to receive REAP funds, farms and small rural businesses had to meet a certain criteria and commit to using the funds to install or improve energy systems including solar, wind, renewable biomass, small hydroelectric, ocean energy, hydrogen, and geothermal.
The list of Indiana businesses, projects, and grant amounts can be found here.