Renewable energy grants given to farmers in Kentucky, Minnesota and Iowa

Thursday, August 18, 2011 @ 12:08 PM
posted by rene5432

Thanks to a grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, thousands of families and businesses in rural America will be able to implement renewable energy programs. In total, $11.6 million will be given out across the country as part of the Rural Energy for America Program.

According to The Associated Press, 43 families and businesses in Kentucky will benefit from a collective $500,000 in funding. Governor Steve Beshear explained that the recipients of the grant money not only applied for the funding but also showed dedication to the reduction of energy consumption and genuine interest in increasing usage of renewable energy.

Twenty-five farmers and small rural ventures in Minnesota will also enjoy some of the grant money, the Austin Post-Bulletin reports. The state received nearly $300,000 from the renewable energy grant.

In Iowa, more than $253,000 has been awarded to 21 agricultural producers and rural small businesses, KCIM reports. Senator Tom Harkin announced the grant, explaining that these ventures will now have the opportunity to pursue renewable, efficient and clean sources of energy to support their operations. The funding will likely lower energy costs throughout the state, stated Harkin.

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