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USDA Invests $345.5 Million in Rural Electric Infrastructure to Improve Service for More Than 1 Million Residential and Commercial Consumers in 14 States

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture is investing $345.5 million in 20 infrastructure projects to improve rural electric service in 14 states. “Delivering reliable and affordable electricity to power rural America will help lay the groundwork for increased rural prosperity and economic opportunity,” Secretary Perdue said. “USDA is partnering with rural electric utilities and cooperatives so they can continue to invest in infrastructure improvements to provide electric power to those who live and work in rural areas.” Read the entire news release here.

Electric Infrastructure Loan Program finances generation, transmission and distribution projects; system improvements; and energy-conservation programs in rural areas.

Who may apply for this program?

Most retail or power supply providers serving qualified rural areas, including:

  • State and local governmental entities
  • Federally-recognized Tribes
  • Nonprofits including cooperatives and limited dividend or mutual associations
  • For-profit businesses (must be a corporation or limited liability company)

USDA Announces $309 Million Investment in Rural Electric Utilities

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa – Assistant to the Secretary for Rural Development Anne Hazlett today announced that USDA is investing $309 million in 16 projects to improve rural electric infrastructure in 12 states . . . Today’s investments will build or improve 1,660 miles of electric line serving rural homes, farms and businesses. USDA is funding infrastructure improvements for utilities in Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, North Carolina, New Mexico, Ohio, South Dakota and Washington.
Read the entire release here.

Central City Community Solar Garden, First of Its Kind

USDA Rural Development News Release – Nebraska

Community leaders in Central City expressed interest in making their community a trailblazer in clean energy by organizing a community solar garden. The project was kick-started by Mesner Development Company and their donation of a neutral site on which other Central City businesses could construct solar panels to offset their energy usage. Continue reading.

Photo: Central City Administrator Chris Anderson (left) and Mesner Development’s Cliff Mesner

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