USDA Helps Farmers, Businesses and Ag Producers Cut Energy Costs
CO: Shop-All Inc. $12,783 This Rural Development investment will be used to retrofit all old and inefficient fluorescent, incandescent, Halogen, HPS and MH light fixtures throughout this rural grocery store with new, efficient LED fixtures. These energy efficiency improvements will reduce the current electrical usage by 113,276 annually, which is a 59 percent reduction, and equivalent to the annual electrical usage for 12 homes. It will also reduce this rural small business’ electric bill by $11,441 annually.
CO: Darvin Meurisse $6,879 This Rural Development investment will be used to install an 11kW solar system. This project will replace 94 percent of their current electrical usage. This will save the borrower approximately $2,000 annually
- In Utah, Kent Kelly & Associates LC will use a $19,920 grant to replace three refrigeration unit compressors and computer controls with more energy-efficient models. This project is expected to save the company $3,467 per year and lower consumption by 53,280 kilowatt hours (kWh) per year. The company leases retail space to a grocery store in Brigham City, Utah.
- Treat’s Squire Shop in Plymouth, Ind., is receiving a $1,500 grant to install LED lighting throughout the building. The firm sells men’s clothing and bridal attire. This project will lower energy costs by $4,081 and reduce energy use by 54,911 kWh (76 percent) per year, which is enough electricity to power five homes.
- The University of Oregon will use a $100,000 grant to help rural agritourism operations and small businesses implement renewable energy systems. Working under a contract with the nonprofit Spark Northwest, the university will help install solar photovoltaic, wind, small hydro, biodigester and solar thermal renewable energy systems. Overall, this project will help approximately 40 rural businesses, primarily in the ag sector, reduce their monthly utility bills.