Oregon energy projects get $700K from feds
By Christina Williams, Sustainable Business Oregon
Sustainable Business Oregon
The U.S. Department of Agriculture doled out $30 million in loans and grants to help pay for 516 energy projects across the country. Oregon's farmers, ranchers and rural businesses landed $683,500 for projects including solar arrays, energy audits and energy efficiency upgrades.
The money came from the USDA's Rural Energy for America Program, which was authorized by the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008.
Nineteen Oregon projects were funded through the program including $20,000 for a solar system for Sly Farms in Creswell, $137,381 for a waste water treatment facility at Heard Farms Inc. in Roseburg and $20,000 for a biomass boiler purchased by Forest Grove hazelnut grower Steven Heesacker. Oregon State University and Oregon Institute of Technology each got $100,000.
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