Burried Drip Irrigation System
about $29,439 a year.Dennis Brown Farms, Waco $10,900
This grant will help convert a gravity irrigation system using an inefficient natural gas powered unit to a low pressure pivot system using a high efficient diesel engine. The project will reduce energy use by 31 percent and pay for itself in a little more than eight years. Marvin C. Weber Farms, York $9,500
This grant will assist in replacing four propane powered irrigation well engines with new diesel engines. The project will generate an estimated 35 percent in energy savings annually.
- The King’s Fish, Gibbon $3,242
This grant will assist in developing wind and solar powered aeration and fresh water pumping systems for the aquaculture business and will provide 75-90 percent of the energy needed.
No Nebraska projects were selected in the anaerobic digester, geothermal, solar, or small and large wind areas.
Applications for U.S. Department of Agriculture's renewable energy and energy conservation grants program surged in its second year. USDA received about $36.6 million in grant applications for the $23 million available in 2004.
USDA officials said they received 237 applications by July 19th totaling $36.6 million in funding requests, a 30 percent from last year. In 2003, USDA received 148 applications, and selected 114 totaling $21.2 million in grants.
According to USDA, the grant applications for this year totaled:
- 97 energy efficiency applications. Grants in this area can fund a variety of activities, especially for small rural businesses. Last year's energy efficiency grants ranged from a solar refrigeration system at a linen service to high-efficiency dry kilns at a lumber company.
- 34 applications this year for large-scale wind projects and
- 19 for small-scale wind projects.
The bulk of the grants awarded for 2003, $19.4 million, went toward the development of renewable energy systems. Wind power projects received $7.4 million; $7 million went toward anaerobic digesters; $1.1 million funded six solar projects; and $3.9 million went toward projects that used farm products to create ethanol or other fuels.
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