USDA Rural Development has selected for funding 68 study grants nationwide to determine the feasibility of renewable energy projects. In all, studies will be funded in 27 states and the Western Pacific. Funding is made available through the Rural Energy for America Program under the 2008 Farm Bill.
Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack says the projects funded will provide rural small businesses and agricultural producers the opportunity to conduct feasibility studies for renewable energy system installations. These investments will not only help farmers and small businesses reduce energy costs, but also help find renewable alternatives to generate energy.
For example, in Lorain County, Ohio, Vermilion Wind, LLC, has been selected to receive a $6,250 feasibility study grant to determine the viability for on-site wind generation at Firelands High School. And in Matanuska Susitna Borough, Alaska, Pulse Tidal, LLC, has been selected to receive a $50,000 feasibility study grant for a hydrokinetic turbine project.