USDA funds a number of solar projects in Mid-Missouri

Dec 27, 2022 02:36 PM ET
  • Federal grants are empowering photovoltaic panel projects at several Mid-Missouri companies.
USDA funds a number of solar projects in Mid-Missouri

The United States Department of Agriculture introduced a $169,191 investment in Mid-Missouri Dec. 15, which will be used to help nine services lower their carbon footprint and install even more energy-efficient systems.

The grant money, which ranges from $2,500 to greater than $38,000, will certainly touch a wide array of companies, from a turkey farmer in California to dental offices in Jefferson City as well as Fulton.

" Individuals in country America get on the front lines of climate adjustment, and also our communities deserve investments that will strengthen our country's strength," USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack claimed in a news release. "President Biden has created a roadmap for just how we can tackle the climate crisis and also expand access to renewable resource framework, all while developing good-paying jobs as well as conserving individuals money on their energy expenses. These investments underscore the Biden-Harris administration's commitment to giving funding and sources to country people and communities throughout the country to aid drive economic security and prosperity."

For Donita's Cakes & Catering, nonetheless, the $20,000 grant it was awarded really did not offset costs enough for the Jefferson City-based company to progress with a renewable energy project.

Donita's Cakes & Catering was awarded $20,000 to buy as well as install a 29.7 kilowatt solar array system, which would replace nearly 35 percent of the company's energy usage with renewable resource and conserve the business roughly $3,086 per year, according to the USDA.

Supervisor Misty Schroeder claimed the company junked the project after learning it would certainly be out of pocket a minimum of $60,000 for the photovoltaic panels.

The average cost for solar panels are $15,000-$ 20,000 for a normal five kilowatt system, according to the Facility for Sustainable Energy, meaning Donita's Cakes & Catering was taking a look at a complete expense of $90,000-$ 120,000 to replace a third of its energy consumption.

" We simply seemed like the investment in it had not been going to be worth our return," Schroeder stated, including: "We didn't seem like the money was enough to undertake a project of that size."

Schroeder claimed she still motivates business owners as well as residents to consider renewable resource and opportunities for outside funding to assist with adding it to their businesses.

" There are a great deal of opportunities however with anything, you just need to see what works best for your company as well as your situation," she stated.

Numerous projects the USDA funded via the Rural Energy for America Program came closer to the $100,000 variety.

A Pennsylvania fowl farm that supplies abundant eggs for flu vaccine manufacturing, for example, obtained concerning $98,500 to replace 247,071 kilowatts of energy each year-- enough to power 22 homes annually.

The USDA spent an overall of $285 million helping fund about 844 projects intended to help farmers, agricultural manufacturers and also entrepreneurs make energy performance renovations in 46 states up until now.

Additional Mid-Missouri grant recipients consist of:

- $38,175 for Winn-Sapp Ventures, owners of Woody's Pub & Grill in Ashland, to install a solar array replacing 72 percent of the restaurant's annual energy consumption;

- $32,486 for Cherry Hill Dental to install solar arrays at its Jefferson City and also Fulton offices, replacing greater than 88 percent of the company's yearly energy usage;

- $20,000 for William Tyler Dicus, a California turkey producer, to install energy-efficient lights, home heating, ventilation and insulation in 2 turkey barns, replacing more than 41 percent of the farm's annual energy usage;

- $20,000 for Rost Landscape Design as well as Style in Columbia to buy and mount solar arrays replacing 83 percent of the company's annual energy usage;

- $20,000 for Danuser, a Fulton-based equipment maker, to install a solar array replacing more than 76 percent of the company's annual energy usage;

- $12,375 for Truescape Properties, a Fulton real estate development as well as monitoring company, to mount a solar array that will totally shift the company to renewable energy;

- $3,655 for John Humphreys, a Fulton grape manufacturer, to install a solar array that will totally change his farm to renewable resource; and also

- $2,500 for Michael Shaefer Remodeling, a Jefferson City-based construction service, to set up a solar array replacing 92 percent of the company's annual energy consumption.

Truescape Properties declined a meeting demand regarding the grant's influence on business.

The USDA is advancing its rural energy efforts by making one more $300 million available via the Rural Energy for America Program. The due date to obtain a share of those funds is March 31, 2023 while applications for technical help grants schedule Jan. 31, 2023.

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