September 6, 2013

10 Maine businesses get energy grants from USDA

The Associated Press

NORTH YARMOUTH — Ten rural Maine businesses are receiving grants to install renewable energy systems and make energy efficiency improvements.

A top U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development official and U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree will be on hand when the grants are announced Friday at Cozy Acres Greenhouse in North Yarmouth.

The businesses are receiving $341,000 in grants from the USDA's Rural Energy for America Program. The grants will be used for solar, biomass and propane energy systems, and for energy-efficiency projects such as upgrading refrigeration and lighting systems.

The Rural Energy for America Program offers grants and loan guarantees to help agricultural producers and rural small businesses.

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