Eighteen Nebraska recipients have been selected in the first round of the Rural Energy for America Program to receive $127,077 in loans and grants.
Funds will be used to make energy efficiency improvements that will promote energy conservation.
“These energy dollars will help make needed energy conservation improvements,” said Nebraska State Director Maxine Moul, USDA Rural Development.
“Through these projects, energy consumption will be reduced, thereby making more dollars available to be kept within rural Nebraska thereby assisting the state’s rural economy,” she said.
The funding was made available through the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP). This program provides opportunities for farmers and rural small business owners to install renewable energy systems and make energy efficiency improvements, as well explore the feasibility of implementing renewable energy projects.
Funding is contingent upon the recipient meeting the conditions of the grant and loan agreements