U.S. Senators Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.), Ranking Republican Member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, and Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.) today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has awarded over $1.3 million to 44 Georgia farms and business operations to become more energy efficient. The grants and loan guarantees are awarded through USDA Rural Development’s Section 9006 Renewable Energy Systems and Energy Efficiency Improvements program. The program was created under Section 9006 of the 2002 farm bill, which Sen. Chambliss helped craft. This program will also continue in FY 2009 under a new and improved authority in the recently enacted farm bill, renamed as the Renewable Energy for America Program.
“I am pleased to announce this funding for our producers in Georgia,” said Sen. Chambliss. “Today’s announcement is a testament that Georgians are eager to stay ahead of the curve on ways to integrate new energy efficient technologies in their farming operations.”
“There are no quick fixes in dealing with the energy issue, but there are things we can and must do,” Sen. Isakson said. “I’m pleased these Georgia farms and businesses will be able to take advantage of these grants to increase energy efficiency and lower consumption.”
The grants will be used to provide financial assistance to agricultural producers and rural small businesses to support renewable energy projects across a wide range of technologies encompassing biomass, geothermal, hydrogen, solar and wind energy. The program also provides support for energy efficiency improvements, helping recipients reduce energy consumption and improve operations.
For a complete list of the 44 recipients in Georgia, please go to: http://www.rurdev.usda.gov.
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