WASHINGTON, DC, May 5, 2004 (ENS): For the second year, the
Bush administration is giving millions to agricultural
producers or rural small businesses to develop renewable
energy systems and make energy efficiency improvements
to their operations.
On Tuesday, Agriculture Secretary Ann Veneman announced
the availability of $22.8 million in grants under the
Renewable Energy Systems and Energy Efficiency Improvements
program. This compares with $ 21.7 million offered last
year to assist 114 applicants from 24 states develop
or improve wind power, anaerobic digester, solar, ethanol
and other bioenergy related systems or energy efficiency
“President [George W.] Bush wants to bring greater
energy independence to our country through expanded
use of renewable energy,” said Veneman. These
grants will help America’s farmers, ranchers and
rural businesses meet this need.”
Applicants for the program must be agricultural producers
or rural small businesses, U.S. citizens or legal residents,
and have demonstrated financial need. Rural Development
grant funds may be used to pay up to 25 percent of the
eligible project costs.
Eligible projects include those that derive energy
from a wind, solar, biomass, or geothermal source, or
hydrogen derived from biomass or water using wind,
solar, or geothermal energy sources.
Applications must be completed and submitted with a
postmark no later than 75 days from today's publication
of the offering in the Federal Register. Detailed information
about program requirements and information on how and
where to apply is included in the funding notice.
Awards will be made on a competitive basis for the
purchase of renewable energy systems and to make energy
improvements. Find out more at: http://www.rurdev.usda.gov.