Local Producer Receives Grant For Solar Array

Mark Gilbert, an agricultural producer operating in the Sturgeon Bay area, was awarded a $30,852 Rural Development Rural Energy for America (REAP) investment grant to install a solar array that is expected to save $2,234 per year, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced. 

The array will replace 26,321 kilowatt hours – 100% of the business’s energy use per year. The electricity anticipated to be generated is enough to power two homes.

The grant for Gilbert was among the REAP grants the USDA announced this month for 15 rural Wisconsin businesses’ efforts to adapt or expand clean energy use.

USDA will accept REAP applications through Sept. 30. Funding includes a dedicated set-aside for underutilized renewable energy technologies. For additional information on application submissions and deadlines, see page 19239 of the March 31 Federal Register.