Secretary Vilsack Announces Funding to Help North Carolina Farmers and Business Owners Cut Energy Costs and Produce Renewable Energy

CHARLOTTE, NC, June 25, 2012 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced the selection of 31 individuals and rural business owners in North Carolina for grants to make energy efficiency improvements or install renewable energy systems. The announcement was made by the Secretary as he visited a greenhouse operation that has drastically cut its energy bills by replacing a natural gas heating system with a wood boiler, funded in part with USDA support. The funding is provided through the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) which was re-authorized in the 2008 Farm Bill.

"USDA support helps businesses lower their overhead costs and become more profitable," Vilsack said. "Promoting renewable energy and state-of-the-art energy efficiency measures also goes far beyond the businesses and individuals who receive these grants. It helps create jobs, promotes U.S. energy independence and expands the market for home-grown energy sources, part of the Obama Administration's 'all of the above' energy strategy."

Vilsack announced the recipients after touring Metrolina Greenhouses Inc., a family-owned plant and services company in Huntersville, NC, that received a REAP received a guaranteed loan and grant to construct a wood boiler heating system to replace the natural gas it uses at the 120-acre facility. In addition to heating Metrolina's greenhouses, using wood chips in the boiler provides an additional market for local lumber mills and logging operations. Metrolina produced 187 billion BTUs from the biomass boilers between October 1, 2011 and May 30, 2012.

One of the recipients announced today, MFFI Inc., has been selected for a $10,455 grant to install a 10 kilowatt photovoltaic system that has the potential to generate nearly 17,000 kWh of renewable energy annually. In Wallace, NC, Mirey Branch Farms has been selected for a $10,800 grant to install new sidewall insulation and attic inlets. These improvements are expected to reduce the amount of liquefied petroleum gas the farm uses.

Secretary Vilsack announced more than $217,000 in REAP grants for the 31 North Carolina individuals and rural small business owners today.

Funding of each loan or grant announced today is contingent upon the recipient meeting the conditions of the grant agreement.

A complete listing of the loan and grant awards follows:Rural Energy for America Program (REAP)// Recipients in North Carolina

Recipient
Grant Amount
Purpose

North Carolina
Robert Saunders Farms
$1,500
Energy Efficiency Improvements

North Carolina
Grandfather Solar Project, LLC
$20,000
Solar Array

North Carolina
Stepstone Holsteins, Inc.
$6,376
Energy Efficiency Improvements

North Carolina
Joseph Parrish, II
$16,258
Center Pivot Irrigation

North Carolina
Cashie Service Center, Inc.
$4,929
Energy Efficiency Improvements

North Carolina
Donald Worley
$1,500
Energy Efficiency Improvements

North Carolina
Sholar Farms, Inc.
$12,350
Energy Efficiency Improvements

North Carolina
Mirey Branch Farms, Inc.
$10,800
Energy Efficiency Improvements

North Carolina
Jake Farms, Inc.
$3,000
Energy Efficiency Improvements

North Carolina
Chicken Little Farms, Inc.
$10,000
Energy Efficiency Improvements

North Carolina
Cathy Parker
$9,466
Energy Efficiency Improvements

North Carolina
Thomas James Worley
$1,500
Energy Efficiency Improvements

North Carolina
Thomas Keith Worley
$1,500
Energy Efficiency Improvements

North Carolina
Steve Thompson
$1,500
Energy Efficiency Improvements

North Carolina
Syble Maready
$4,323
Energy Efficiency Improvements

North Carolina
Thomas Frederick
$1,500
Energy Efficiency Improvements

North Carolina
Lamm and Lamm Farms
$1,500
Energy Efficiency Improvements

North Carolina
Carson Beaman, Jr.
$15,300
Center Pivot Irrigation

North Carolina
Ashley Mohorn
$1,500
Energy Efficiency Improvements

North Carolina
Charles Carter
$1,687
Energy Efficiency Improvements

North Carolina
MFFI, Inc.
$10,455
Solar Array

North Carolina
Orville Wiggins
$1,500
Energy Efficiency Improvements

North Carolina
Donald Bryant
$16,005
Center Pivot Irrigation

North Carolina
Barry Bryant
$5,518
Replace Irrigation Pump

North Carolina
BJE, Inc.
$11,295
Replace Irrigation Pump

North Carolina
Mapleview Ice Cream Company, LLC
$2,559
Energy Efficiency Improvements

North Carolina
David Atwill Day
$1,500
Energy Efficiency Improvements

North Carolina
Flat River Nursery and Farm
$12,550
Biomass System

North Carolina
Brian K. Morse
$18,753
Energy Efficiency Improvements

North Carolina
Toby Speaks
$1,703
Energy Efficiency Improvements

North Carolina
Deal Farms, Inc.
$8,720
Energy Efficiency Improvements

TOTAL

$217,046

 

 

USDA, through its Rural Development mission area, administers and manages housing, business and community infrastructure programs through a national network of state and local offices. Rural Development has an active portfolio of more than $170 billion in loans and loan guarantees. These programs are designed to improve the economic stability of rural communities, businesses, residents, farmers and ranchers and improve the quality of life in rural America.


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