USDS provides $173 million in loan guarantees and grants
The funds will be administered through the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP), and will go towards projects across the nation. In total, the awardees are expected to generate or save 8.4 million megawatt hours and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 5 million metric tons, which is equivalent to the annual power usage of 760,000 homes and the carbon dioxide pollution of 1 million cars.
"More rural business owners and ag producers are incorporating energy-saving measures into their business plans," Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said. "These actions improve an operation's bottom line and help reduce its carbon footprint. This funding will help incorporate renewable energy and energy efficiency technology and reduce energy costs. But beyond the local benefits seen by a company saving energy costs and the global benefits of reducing carbon emissions, this funding will also create American jobs by supporting energy production and efficiency installations that are made in rural America."