New Hampshire

NH Delegation Welcomes Over $1.6M from USDA to Expand Energy Efficiency Projects Across Rural Communities

December 15, 2022

(Washington, DC) – US Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and US Representatives Annie Kuster (NH-02) and Chris Pappas (NH-01) welcomed $1,696,780 to support community renewable energy projects across rural New Hampshire. The funding comes from the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) — a program tailored to help farmers, agricultural producers and entrepreneurs improve energy efficiency and reduce costs. This funding announcement was largely made possible by the anti-inflation law, which was supported by the delegation.

“I am thrilled to welcome over $1.6 million to help rural businesses and entrepreneurs across New Hampshire invest in important energy projects. From installing solar panels to supporting renewable energy systems, these investments will save Granite Staters money while propelling us towards a clean energy future. It’s rewarding to see clean energy investments from the Inflation Reduction Act making a real difference in Granite State communities.” said Shaheen.

“It’s critical that we don’t leave rural communities behind as we work to reduce energy bills. Today’s REAP grant will make a real difference for nine small businesses across our state – helping them invest in renewable energy systems and energy efficiency improvements. In return, “this funding will help lower costs, reduce our dependence on Big Oil and protect our environment. This is another important step in building a resilient, clean energy economy here in New Hampshire,” said Hasan.

“Clean, renewable energy systems are a win-win for our environment and our economy – it’s important that small businesses in rural communities have access to this technology to reduce costs and make their operations more efficient,” said Rep. Kuster. “I was proud to push through the for expanded REAP funding earlier this year Anti-Inflation Act and I am thrilled that small businesses in our state are benefiting from this program.”

Pappas quotes here: “Equipping our communities with the tools for the clean energy transition is critical to protecting our environment, creating jobs and generating economic growth.” said Rep. Pappas. “This funding from the Rural Energy for America program ensures New Hampshire’s small businesses, agricultural producers and rural communities have the support and resources to transition to clean energy. I am excited to see New Hampshire companies investing in renewable energy, and I will continue to scramble for resources to facilitate this transition.”

A full list of award winners is below:

  • $106,827.00 to Circle Self-Storage LLC Install two solar arrays that generate enough energy to power the equivalent of 28 homes.?
  • $94,979.00 to Bergers jump bar kindergarten and To produce to install a solar system and a wood chip boiler system to produce clean electricity and save costs.
  • $12,694.00 up Packys Investment Real Estate LLC Install four bifacial, dual-axis solar trackers that will generate enough energy to power the equivalent of 15 homes.
  • $233,500.00 to Robert H. Irwin Corporation Inc. to install two solar systems, to produce clean energy and save costs.
  • $200,000.00 to 310 Marlboro St. LLC Install two renewable energy systems in a commercial building in Keene, generating enough energy to power the equivalent of 93 homes.??
  • $250,000.00 to Gorham Acquisition LLC Installation of modern boilers at the White Mountain Paper Company.
  • $470,000.00 to Central Rivers Power NH LLC Installation of an inflatable flashboard system and associated equipment to improve river flow.
  • $279,780.00 to 202 Truck & Equipment in Rindge to install a solar system on the roof.
  • $49,000.00 to Ian Joseph Campbell LLC to install five bifacial, two-axis solar trackers.

The USDA also announced today that it will provide $300 million through the Rural Energy for America program to expand renewable energy and support energy efficiency projects for people in rural America. Interested applicants may contact their local USDA Rural Development Energy Coordinator.

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