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Udall Congratulates 11 Rural Businesses on Receiving $180,000 in Renewable Energy Grants

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Mark Udall congratulated 11 rural Colorado businesses on their receipt of $180,000 in competitive grants from the Rural Energy for America Program. The grants will help the businesses improve their energy efficiency or study how they can better utilize renewable energy technologies.

"Energy independence is a critical goal for our country," Udall said. "These grants will help create jobs and power our economic recovery. It is encouraging to see businesses throughout rural Colorado embracing these innovative technologies to boost their companies and recharge our economy."

$49,717 for Rustic Log Furniture, Inc., of Alamosa, to install a 99 kW solar system to help offset some of its electrical energy costs. It is estimated this system will assist in providing approximately 44 percent of the business's energy need.

$30,000 for Norwind, LLC, of Norwood, to study the feasibility of a 12 to 14 megawatt wind farm in San Miguel County.

$26,283 for High Country Orchards, of Palisade, for a renewable energy project for the installation of a photovoltaic system to generate electricity for Farm Market Country Store.

$19,750 for Longs Peak Daily, LLC, of Pierce, to help it install an on-farm wind turbine to help offset the electrical costs associated with a center pivot irrigation system. It is estimated that two of the wind turbines can generate 154,000 kWH.

$15,000 for San Luis Brewing Company, of Alamosa, to help install a 9 kW solar array system to help offset some of its electrical energy costs. It is estimated this system will assist in providing approximately 9 percent of the business's energy need.

$13,500 for Pecosa, Inc., of Monte Vista, to help install a 10 kW solar PV system on top of the building to help offset some of its electrical energy costs. It is estimated this system will assist in providing approximately 12 percent of the business's energy need.

$9,476 for Gail C. Harriss, LLC, of Durango, to will help install a 6.76 kW solar system to help offset some of the electrical needs of the office suite. It is estimated this system will assist in providing approximately 97.5 percent of the business's energy need.

$7,165 for Triple Play Enterprises, LLC, of Penrose, to assist it with energy efficiency improvements, including the replacement of 20 outdoor metal halide fixtures with 20 outdoor LED fixtures. It is estimated that this system offers an electrical savings of 52,773 kWh per year to the rural small business.

$4,008 for Vineland Enterprises, Inc., for an energy efficiency improvement to a rural small business with a store location in Palisade. It is estimated that this unit offers a 45 percent more efficient unit and follows the recommendation of the professional energy audit.

$2,706 for Kwik Star, Inc., of Penrose, to assist it with energy efficiency improvements, including the replacement of 31 metal halide fixtures with 31 LED fixtures. It is estimated that these two systems offer an electrical savings of 50,993 kWh per year to the rural small business.

$2,294 for Alan D's, LLC, of Penrose to assist it with energy efficiency improvements, including the removal of metal halide fixtures and the installation of canopy and wall LED fixtures. It is estimated that this system offers an electrical savings of 46 MMBTU per year to the business.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Rural Energy for America Program funded each grant.


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