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Alaska State Director Nordlund Announces Grant Funding to Enable a Fairbanks Business to Boost Energy Efficiency

Funding Provided Under the Rural Energy For America Program

Fairbanks, Alaska, April 27, 2010-Alaska USDA Rural Development State Director Jim Nordlund today announced a grant to Fairbanks-based Rivendell LLC to enable the company to increase energy efficiency in a 5,500 square foot commercial building.  USDA is providing a $50,000 grant as part of the $200,000 in upgrades being funded.  The funds are being provided through the Rural Energy for America (REAP) program. 

"Improving energy efficiency is vital to the effort to reduce energy costs, especially in extreme weather areas like Fairbanks," said Nordlund.  Earlier this year, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said, "President Obama and I are committed to helping rural businesses become more energy efficient - it's good for the economy, good for the environment, and good for the workers and customers who depend on the goods and services these businesses provide."

The funding will be used to provide a "complete building envelope," roofing insulation, and electrical upgrades. 

REAP loan guarantees and grants can be used for renewable energy systems, energy efficiency improvements, feasibility studies and energy audits. More information on the REAP program, which was authorized under the 2008 Farm Bill, is at:
www.rurdev.usda.gov/rbs/farmbill/index.html. Funding of each recipient is contingent upon the recipient meeting the conditions of the grant agreement.

State Director Nordlund made the announcement at the Rural Energy Conference at the Westmark Hotel in Fairbanks.

USDA is an equal opportunity provider, employer and lender. To file a complaint of discrimination, write: USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, DC 20250-9410 or call (800) 795-3272 (voice), or (202) 720-6382 (TDD).



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