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National Farmers Union President joins advisory board of New Energy America

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HURON, S.D. — In a move to further Farmers Union’s commitment to promoting American grown, renewable energy sources, National Farmers Union President Roger Johnson joined the advisory board of New Energy America, a new organization created to promote clean energy jobs in rural America.

Johnson and National Farmers Union will support New Energy America’s engagement with communities and lawmakers in rural America to demonstrate how policies that support the deployment of clean energy create jobs in rural America. Continue reading.

About New Energy America
New Energy America was founded by a group of Americans who know firsthand the economic opportunities being created in rural America by clean energy. We believe that the future is bright in rural America, especially when we embrace growing industries that meet our energy needs, reduce pollution, save consumers money, and enhance our national security.

Co-Ops Bring Solar to Hundreds of Rural Communities

By Tina Casey, Triple Pundit: People, Planet, Profit

The U.S. Energy Department pushed out a raft of good news for renewable energy fans this past week. Of particular note is an update on the PV System Toolkit supported by the agency’s SunShot solar initiative. The toolkit focuses on helping rural communities partake in the surging solar market that cities and suburban communities now enjoy. The new PV System Toolkit demonstrates just how deeply the solar industry is now embedded in the civic infrastructure of the US. The effort is helmed by the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA), which won an Energy Department ‘Sunrise’ award designed to cut costs by developing templates for replicating solar innovations. Read more.


The Rural Utilities Service: How the USDA is building a clean energy future for rural America

A little-known federal program has billions to dole out for renewables and efficiency projects for underserved populations.

By Herman K. Trabish, Utility Dive


From the best-kept secrets file: There is a little-known $6.25 billion federal fund offering low interest loans and guarantees to utilities looking to build rate-based infrastructure. It gets better: Along with the funding, utilities can work cost-free with knowledgeable staff anxious to get applicants successfully through the process of building the kinds of renewable energy, smart grid, and efficiency projects utility customers are clamoring for . . . There is a catch: While the funding opportunity is available to all types of power providers, the projects have to meet the needs of underserved communities with populations of 20,000 or less. Read more.

“While most of the capacity from RUS projects is currently in wind and biomass, interest in solar is increasing fast, especially among co-ops.” Rural Utilities Service (RUS) Fact Sheet

Photo: Central Iowa Power Cooperative’s utility solar project, the largest in the state.. Credit:  Azimuth Energy