Two Knox County businesses receive energy grants
North Yarmouth — USDA Rural Development announced more than $340,000 in grants to help 10 Maine farms and businesses implement renewable energy systems and make energy efficiency improvements. Of those, two businesses are located in Knox County.
“I am pleased to have an opportunity to make this important announcement of USDA Rural Development’s investment through the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP),” Acting Under Secretary Doug O’Brien said in a news release. “This critical funding will help strengthen 10 diverse Maine businesses. It will help them reduce operating costs, lessen carbon emissions, and help keep Maine pristine and clean for residents and visitors alike.”
The 10 Maine businesses and agricultural producers that are being selected to receive REAP grants are listed below. Funding is contingent upon the recipient meeting the terms of the grant agreement.
— Americas’ Wood Company, in Washington, has been selected to receive a $15,000 grant to install a12.72 kWh photovoltaic grid tie system. This system will produce 75 percent of the company’s energy needs.
— Artisan Boatworks, Inc., in Rockport, has been selected to receive an $8,000 grant to install a 10kWh grid tie photovoltaic system. The estimated energy savings is 14,241 kWh.
— Amy Sprague (dba Wolf Pine Farm), in Alfred, has been selected to receive a $4,842 grant to install 28 solar panels attached to the barn to offset current power consumption. The estimated energy savings is 7,702 kWh.
— McLaughlin Seafood, Inc., in Bangor, has been selected to receive a $4,134 grant to install a biomass (vegetable oil) fueled hot water heater. The estimated energy savings is 131 million BTU’s.
— Lincoln County Publishing Company, in Damariscotta, has been selected to receive a $20,000 grant to install a 55 kWh solar photovoltaic grid-tie consisting of three arrays of 208 solar panels. The estimated energy savings is 32,622 kWh.
— Lafayette Boothbay, LLC., (dba Tugboat Inn), in Boothbay Harbor, has been selected to receive two grants totaling $36,722 to install a 148-panel solar photovoltaic system and an 80-panel solar photovoltaic system.
— P&M Enterprises, LLC in Rockwood, has been selected to receive a $6,495 grant to insulate a lodge and modify air handling equipment. The estimated energy savings is 282 million BTU’s annually.
— My Abram, LLC, in Greenwood, has been selected to receive a $235,000 grant to install a 256 kWh solar photovoltaic system consisting of 869 solar panels, three inverters and one monitoring system.
— Thompson Cottages, Inc., in New Harbor, has been selected to receive a $4,000 grant to install a propane-fired boiler. The new boiler will reduce energy costs by $7,264 and save 274 million BTUs per year at Haley Construction, Inc.’s Sangerville facility.
— Quoddy Bay Lobster, Inc., in Pembroke, has been selected to receive a $7,230 grant to upgrade refrigeration units, replace an oil-fired boiler with a propane boiler, add insulated skylight panels and upgrade the lighting and electrical panel.
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