Honolulu, Hawaii 2021-09-09 16:26:07 –
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Honolulu (KHON2) — The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced Thursday that it has invested $ 129 million in 48 states and Puerto Rico to help build or improve its renewable energy infrastructure.
Hawaii received $ 46,552 and the USDA said the money was to help farmers and local businesses reduce energy costs.
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According to the USDA, these climate-friendly investments will save and generate over 379 million kilowatt hours (kWh) in rural areas of the United States. That’s enough power to power 35,677 households a year.
Justin Maxson, Deputy Secretary of State for Rural Development, said the USDA will continue to prioritize climate-friendly infrastructure and help rural America rebuild better, stronger and more equitable than ever before.
“We recognize that lowering energy costs for small businesses and farmers can help increase economic development and employment opportunities for people in rural American towns and communities,” Maxson said. Said. “The investment announced today shows how the Biden Harris administration has put rural communities at the center of climate change and climate change-aware solutions.”
Hawaii / Western Pacific Deputy Secretary of State Dennis Salmeron said the REAP program is important for improving profitability by developing renewable energy systems and improving energy efficiency for rural Hawaiian enterprises and agricultural producers. He said he would provide funding.
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Here are some of the Hawaiian businesses that are funded:
Maui Tea Ventures, LLC, $ 6,635 will be used to replace non-functional batteries in off-the-grid PV systems with new batteries and components.
Fleming & Associates’ $ 19,620 will be used to assist in the purchase and installation of a 14.76 DC kW solar power system for construction companies.
Puna Flower Power, $ 9,955, will be used to purchase and install a 11.7 kW solar energy system.
Sugar Hill, $ 10,342, will be used to purchase and install a 7.6kW solar energy system to power off-the-grid farm refrigeration units used for meat cutting, packaging and product storage.
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