Applecrest Farm Orchards gets USDA grant for energy
HAMPTON FALLS — Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced Thursday that Applecrest Farm Orchards is among 106 projects in 29 states selected for funding to produce renewable energy and make energy efficiency improvements.
Peter Wagner of Applecrest Farm Orchards is receiving a grant to construct a 39.78 kilowatt solar photovoltaic system to help reduce energy usage at the family-owned and operated business. The system is expected to replace approximately 48,903 kilowatt hours of electricity annually.
Funding is made available through USDA Rural Development’s rural energy for America program, which is authorized by the 2008 farm bill.
“The Obama administration is helping agricultural producers and rural small business owners across the country reduce their energy costs and consumption,” Vilsack said. “This is part of the President’s ‘all-of-the-above’ energy strategy, which involves expanding support for traditional as well as alternative energy sources. Stable energy costs create an environment for sustainable job growth in rural America.”
The USDA, through its rural development mission area, has an active portfolio of more than $172 billion in loans and loan guarantees. The programs are designed to improve the economic stability of rural communities, businesses, residents, farmers and ranchers and improve the quality of life in rural America.
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