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Rural Areas Benefit from new REAP Awards

Farm Energy.Org

Minden Farm

The USDA announced another round of awards for the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) in mid-July, bringing benefits to 56 states and territories and to a wide range of agricultural sectors. REAP continues to help reduce costs, protect and increase jobs and to produce homegrown clean energy . . . Solar energy in rural settings continues to grow strongly with REAP with 337 awards (including hybrid technology projects) for $5 million. These projects are very diverse geographically, covering nearly all the states. They are also diverse in size, ranging from about $3,000 to $250,000. The average solar award was $15,000 . . . The award list can be found here. More award announcements will be issued in coming months.
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Photo: This 21-kilowatt PV system on a family farm in Minden, Nebraska provides most of the farm’s energy needs. The project was partly funded by a USDA Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) grant. Additional financing was obtained through the Nebraska Energy Office’s low-interest loan program for solar installations. Credit: Graham Christensen of GC Resolve

At a time when Midwest rural economies are continuing to decline, solar energy projects funded in-part by REAP grants, along with solar and wind energy development in general, provide a means to reverse this trend, contributing to the economic strength and well being of our communities.

ADDITIONAL RECOMMENDED READING
Rural economy continues to weaken, Omaha World-Herald

GC Resolve flourished from its founder’s roots

 By John Liesveld, Fremont Tribune

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Graham Christensen grew up immersed in values of public service, integrity, education and all the responsibilities that come from work on a family farm. His family farm, established in 1867 under the Homestead Act, operates on about 800 acres in his hometown of Oakland, just north of Fremont.

Christensen also grew up in the era of the 1980s farm crisis, where he learned the value of hard work. He came to understand that when a person runs up against difficult times, maintaining the ability to speak out for what you believe imparts great purpose and impact on individuals’ own circumstances, as well as on the surrounding community. Read more here.

Photo: Courtesy GC Resolve. Graham Christensen, founder and owner of GC Resolve, is working on a solar project for a Nebraska family farm.  

Solar energy discussed in Lyons

By Melanie Brandert, Norfolk Daily News

Photo: Norfolk Daily News

Photo: Norfolk Daily News

LYONS — A Lyons native who is spearheading the Burt County Wind project presented the potential for developing separate alternative energy projects to Lyons City Council members earlier this week.

Graham Christensen of Omaha, president of GC Resolve, said Northeast Nebraska can work on setting up its infrastructure for renewable energy projects, and Lyons has an unusual situation in regard to its utility contract in that some local energy development is allowed to occur.

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ADDITIONAL RECOMMENDED READING
The city wants the public’s input on possible solar power locations: City council and NPPD discuss bringing solar power to Scottsbluff, by Melanie Johnson, KOTA News
Scottsbluff chosen for solar energy pilot project, Nebraska TV
Scottsbluff could be pilot site for community solar energy project, by Irene North, Scottsbluff Star Herald
Incentives spur solar energy growth in Iowa, by Donnelle Eller, Des Moines Register