USDA Rural Development has announced $1.1 million for Illinois rural energy efficiency projects through the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP).

“Renewable energy generation is becoming more and more popular in rural Illinois. We see a wide variety of businesses, both on and off the farm, apply,” Douglas Wilson, Rural Development state director, said in a statement.

Illinois was among the top states in REAP funding applications, Wilson noted. REAP recipients may use the funding for energy audits and to install such renewable energy systems as biomass, geothermal, hydropower and solar. Funding may also be used to increase energy efficiency through heating, ventilation and cooling systems improvements and better insulation, lighting and refrigeration.

Illinois recipients include:

  • La Terra Partners, Waterman grain farm, will use funds to buy and install a 45kW solar system to help power the farm, saving more than $5,900 annually.
  • Jones Chiropractic and Physical Therapy, Bunker Hill, will use funds to buy and install a 28kW solar system to help power the business, saving more than $3,500 annually.
  • Dutton Pork Inc. finishing operation, Alexis, will use funds to buy and install a 44kW solar system to help power the operation, saving more than $5,300 annually.
  • Paul and Dennis Allen Export, Centralia logging business, will use funds to buy and install a 13kW solar system for business power, saving more than $1,700 per year.

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