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Local Business To Use Grant For Solar Power


Last updated 9/15/2021 at 12:56pm

U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced last Thursday that the department was investing $53 million to build or improve renewable energy infrastructure and to help rural communities, agricultural producers and businesses lower energy costs in North Carolina.

One of those benefiting was Platt Architecture P.A., which will use a $8,000 grant to purchase and install a 13-kilowatt solar array. This project will generate 15 thousand kilowatt hours annually and $1,000 in savings per year.

“USDA continues to prioritize climate-smart infrastructure to help rural America build back better, stronger and more equitably than ever before,” Vilsack said. “We recognize that lowering energy costs for small businesses and agricultural producers helps to expand economic development and employ-ment opportunities for people in America’s rural towns and communities. The investments we are announcing today demonstrate how the Biden-Harris Administration has put rural communities at the heart of climate action and climate-smart solutions.”

USDA is financing these investments through the Rural Energy for America Program. This program provides funding to help agricultural producers and rural small businesses purchase and install renewable energy systems and make energy efficiency improvements.


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