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On May 11, 2016, The USDA Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) announced the winners of its latest round of Renewable Energy Development Assistance Grants.
Development Assistance Awards went to:
The Greater Portland Council of Governments: $100,000 to identify renewable energy technologies for agricultural producers and rural small businesses and promote energy programs.
The College of the Atlantic: $64,650 to educate Hancock County business owners and agricultural producers about solar energy options and solutions.
The USDA Rural Development program helps increase American energy independence by increasing the private sector supply of renewable energy and decreasing the demand for energy through energy efficiency improvements. Over time, these investments can also help lower energy costs for small businesses and agricultural producers.