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September 30, 2009

Agriculture Department Grants $62.5 Million for Clean Energy

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) awarded $62.5 million in loans and grants on September 24 to 705 renewable energy and energy efficiency projects in 45 states and Puerto Rico. The loans and grants were made under the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP), an initiative to help rebuild and revitalize rural areas. REAP loan guarantees and grants can be used for renewable energy systems, energy efficiency improvements, feasibility studies, and energy audits. See the USDA press release and the REAP Web site.