USDA Invests in Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Projects in Wyoming

During a recent visit to Wyoming , Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that USDA is investing in several energy efficiency and renewable energy projects throughout the state.

"Energy costs can consume a large part of a business's budget," Vilsack said. "I am pleased that USDA's Rural Energy for America Program is helping farmers, ranchers and rural small business owners here in Wyoming save thousands of dollars in energy costs each year. This assistance from USDA helps businesses develop renewable energy systems and make energy efficiency improvements."

Vilsack made the announcement during a visit here to the Snake River Brewing Company. It is receiving a $13,810 USDA Rural Development Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) grant to install a solar panel. When operational, this renewable energy project will generate more than 21,000 kilowatt hours of electricity annually and reduce the use of traditional fossil-based fuels. It also is expected to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 21.6 metric tons in carbon dioxide equivalence.

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