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Senator Baldwin Announces Grants to Help Wisconsin Farmers and Rural Businesses Reduce Energy Costs, Including Local Recipients ⋆ 715Newsroom.com

Today, U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) announced that Wisconsin farmers and rural small business owners will receive more than $1.2 million in grants to improve energy efficiency, reduce energy costs and strengthen the resilience of their activities.

“Wisconsin farmers and small businesses fuel our rural communities and create jobs and economic opportunities for families across the Badger State,” said Senator Baldwin. “I am proud to help these Made in Wisconsin companies reduce energy costs, fight climate change and increase the efficiency of their operations.”

The funding comes through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Rural Energy for America Program (REAP), which received a $2 billion boost through the Baldwin-backed program. Inflation Reduction Act. Through the REAP program, USDA provides grants and loans to help rural agricultural producers and small business owners expand their use of wind, solar and other forms of clean energy and improve energy efficiency.

Nearly two dozen Wisconsin farms and businesses received REAP grants last month, including:

Poeschel Hidden Valley in Durand: $97,350 to help Poeschel Hidden Valley LLC, an agricultural producer, purchase and install a more energy-efficient grain dryer. The new system is expected to save the company $5,422 per year in electricity costs.

Peter Hanson in Bloomer: $339,701 to help farmer Peter Hanson install an energy-efficient grain dryer. This project is expected to save the farm $13,000 in electricity costs per year and save 196,222 kilowatt hours (kWh) (48 percent of the farm’s energy consumption) per year, which is enough energy to power 18 homes.

Northwoods Dentistry in Phillips: $28,101 to help Northwoods Dentistry install a solar power plant. This project is expected to save the company more than $5,000 per year in electricity costs and replace 35,000 kilowatt hours (kWh) (87 percent of the company’s energy consumption) per year, which is enough to power three homes.

Wisconsin truss at Cornell: $132,770 to Wisconsin Truss Inc. to help install a solar energy array. This project is expected to save $14,328 per year. It will replace 179,556 kilowatt hours (kWh) (100 percent of the company’s energy consumption) per year, which is enough energy to power 16 homes.

Scottish Prairie Farms in Galesville: $58,342 to help Scotch Prairie Farms Inc., a corn farm, install a 40-kilowatt (kW) rooftop solar array. This project is expected to save $5,378 in electricity costs per year. It will replace 65,275 kilowatt hours (kWh) (132 percent of the company’s energy consumption) per year, which is enough energy to power six homes.

A complete list of REAP award recipients can be found WITH A SIMPLE CLICK HERE.