USDA to invest more than $471,000 for businesses in rural Kansas for renewable energy projects
Newton, Kan.—Horn’s Auto Repair, in rural Newton, Kan., started out 12 years ago in a 30-foot by 30-foot shop that had no lift, office or wiring that was up to code. Today it has four bays, three indoor lifts, and a spacious office — all completely run on solar power.
A $5,559 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is helping make solar power possible at Horn’s, according to a USDA press release last week. USDA Rural Development State Director for Kansas Lynne Hinrichsen announced on Sept. 23, that USDA is investing $471,792 in renewable energy projects for farmers, ag producers and rural-based businesses and institutions in rural Kansas.
The $5,559 grant will be used to purchase and install a 9kW roof-mounted solar array, according to the USDA, adding that this project will replace 13,654 kWh (105 percent) per year, which is enough electricity to power one home.
“Kansas is a leader in renewable energy production and that industry creates jobs and opportunities in all areas of the state,” Hinrichsen said. “USDA continues to be a strong partner to rural Kansas in building stronger and healthier communities through renewable energy, because we know when rural America thrives, all of America thrives.”
Interested parties should contact their local Kansas area office for information about additional funding, application procedures and eligibility details.
Also visit https://www.rd.usda.gov/onerdguarantee to learn more about how the REAP Guaranteed Loan Program will be streamlined under the OneRD Guarantee Loan Initiative beginning Oct. 1, 2020.