In rural New Mexico, the USDA has invested in renewable energy initiatives

In rural New Mexico, the USDA has invested in renewable energy initiatives

Secretary of Agriculture in the United States Tom Vilsack said that the Department of Agriculture would invest $464 million in 48 states and Puerto Rico to create or enhance renewable energy infrastructure and help agricultural producers, rural communities, and businesses cut energy costs.

Vilsack stated, “USDA continues to emphasize climate-smart facilities to assist rural America to rebuild better, stronger, and more fairly than ever before.” “We know that cutting energy prices for small companies and agricultural producers aids to increase economic growth and job prospects in rural towns and communities across the United States. The initiatives we’re announcing today show how the Biden-Harris Presidency has prioritized climate action as well as climate-smart solutions for rural communities.”

“These projects are a terrific example of how USDA Rural Development is dedicated to helping ag-producers and rural small businesses take leverage of the financial aid to enhance their operation more energy effectively,” said acting state director of USDA Rural Development Eric Vigil. “Let’s not forget that using less energy saves money and minimizes the carbon imprint at the same time,” Vigil added.

The Rural Energy for America Program, which is funded by the USDA, is funding $129 million of these improvements. This initiative offers financial assistance to agricultural producers and small companies in rural areas who want to buy and deploy renewable energy systems or enhance their energy efficiency. Upwards of 379 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) will be saved and generated in rural America as a result of these climate-smart initiatives, which is enough electricity to run 35,677 homes for a year.

The USDA’s Electric Loan Program is funding $335 million of these initiatives. The loans will be used to assist build or upgrade 1,432 miles of the line in rural regions, increasing reliability. The loans comprise $102 million for smart grid technology investments, which utilizes digital communications to monitor and respond to local changes in the electricity demand.

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The following projects are being sponsored in New Mexico:

Alamogordo, New Mexico – McGinn Enterprises Inc. will use the $8,818.00 Rural Development grant to purchase and build an 11.85-kilowatt solar array. The company will save $2,826 on its annual electric cost as a result of this investment. The photovoltaic system is going to generate over 64% of the company’s annual electricity needs. The new solar array will be able to power a single dwelling. The total cost of a solar power system installation is $35,272.00.

Others include:

  • Alamogordo, N.M. 
  • Angel Fire, N.M.
  • Deming, N.M.
  • La Luz, N.M. 
  • Roswell, N.M. 
  • Taos, N.M.
  • Village of Los Ranchos, N.M. 

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