Federal Funding Helps Maine Small Businesses Invest in Renewable Energy

Senators from Maine on Nov. 1 said that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will invest $427,000 to help businesses in the state invest in renewable energy and energy efficiency.

U.S. Sens. Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Angus King (I-Maine) said that the funding will help six Maine small businesses through grants allocated under the USDA’s Rural Energy for America Program (REAP).

“These investments will help Maine small businesses adopt cost-effective and efficient renewable energy systems that provide significant annual savings as well as environmental benefits,” Collins and King said in a joint statement. “By cutting energy waste, small businesses can improve their bottom lines, increase their competiveness, and better support their local communities.”

According to the joint statement, the grant recipients in Maine are:

  • Little River Flower Farm in Buxton will receive $42,226 to help purchase and install a 24-kW thin-film solar panel system integrated into the structure of a new greenhouse and for two new wood pellet boilers
  • Double G Farms, Inc. in Blaine will receive $151,271 to help purchase and install a 219.2 kW solar PV ground-mounted system to benefit the farm
  • KAPH Inc. in Eliot will receive $25,637 to help purchase and install a 39.75 kW roof-mounted solar array
  • Maine Textiles International, LLC in Biddeford will receive $140,295 to help purchase and replace textile dyeing equipment at the Saco River Dyehouse, reducing annual energy consumption by approximately 85 percent
  • Goranson Farm in Dresden will receive $17,696 to help purchase and install a 24.96 kW ground-mounted solar array
  • S.P. Real Estate, LLC in Fort Kent will receive $49,875 to help purchase and install a 58.5 kW solar PV tracker system.

Since 2009, USDA’s REAP has invested nearly $13 billion to finance approximately 11,600 renewable energy and energy efficiency projects. This year, REAP has invested $237 million to support 423 businesses nationally.

Lead image credit: USDA

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