The U.S. Department of Agriculture said four California farmers will receive over $65,000 in grants under the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP), for renewable energy and energy efficiency systems.
For this round of funding, USDA said it selected Pryor Farms and Kruppa Farms, both of Winton, for a $13,270 grant and a $19,936 grant. The farms will both use the funds to install solar photovoltaic systems. Pryor Farms will use the system to provide electricity for an irrigation pump and Kruppa Farms will use the electricity generated to operate their office and maintenance facility, USDA said in a news release..
In Le Grand, Live Oak Farms has been selected for a $12,500 grant to install new energy-efficient lighting in the farm’s warehouse and processing facility. The project highlights the fact that replacing existing lighting with energy efficient lighting is one of the easiest measures businesses can take to reduce their energy consumption. Rural Development’s grant will help Live Oak Farms save nearly 100,000 kilowatts of electricity a year, USDA said.
J.T. Farms, in Woodland, Calif., was picked for a $19,964 grant to install a solar photovoltaic system on the farm. The system will generate 18,460 kilowatts of electricity annually to help offset the farm’s electricity usage.
REAP loan guarantees and grants can be used for renewable energy systems, energy efficiency improvements, feasibility studies and energy audits. More information on the REAP program, which was authorized under the 2008 Farm Bill, is at: www.rurdev.usda.gov/rbs/farmbill/index.html. Funding of each recipient is contingent upon the recipient meeting the conditions of the grant agreement.
Further information on rural programs is available at one of California’s 18 local USDA Rural Development offices or by visiting http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/ca.