William Maclay Architects WaitsfieldPaul SachsBradfordE&E Hospitality LimitedArlingtonWest Mountain Inn ArlingtonWind: Recipient Project LocationReverse Osmosis or High Efficiency Arch systems: USDA Rural Development has selected 35 Vermont businesses to receive $2,364,617 Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) energy efficiency and energy improvement grants and loan guarantees. Twenty-two businesses were announced today, by Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, and are the final selections for the REAP funds this fiscal year. USDA Rural Development recognizes the importance of renewable energy and energy efficiency. said Rhonda Shippee, Acting State Director. We look forward to continued success in funding similar projects– helping finance projects that are good for the economy and good for the bottom line of the participating Vermont businesses.Recipients will use their awards for a variety of energy efficiency and renewable energy purposes. These awards will additional small wind, solar electric generation and lighting improvement projects to USDA Rural Developments energy program portfolio.As part of the selections, USDA Rural Development s REAP funds continue to be sought after by Vermont s agriculture producers. Dubois Energy LLC will partner their loan guarantee and grant with State, local, and private financing to purchase and install an anaerobic digester system to generate electricity and produce on farm bedding for their operation in Vergennes. Monument Farms Three Gen, LLC in Weybridge, are also receiving a grant and loan guarantee to purchase and install an anaerobic digester system to produce electricity which they will sale to the local utility, and produce energy to heat hot water for the milk house.Twenty-seven awards, totaling $427,626, will be used by maple producers throughout the state for the purchase and installation of reverse osmosis equipment or a new high efficiency arch systems. These systems will reduce energy consumption and increase net farm income.REAP loan guarantees and grants can be used for renewable energy systems, energy efficiency improvements, feasibility studies and energy audits. These funds are not part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. For more information on the REAP program, which is authorized under the 2008 Farm Bill, please visit www.rurdev.usda.gov/rbs/farmbill/index.html(link is external).See below for a list of all projects receiving awards under this program.USDA Rural Development s mission is to increase economic opportunity and improve the quality of life for rural residents. Rural Development fosters growth in homeownership, finances business development, and supports the creation of critical community and technology infrastructure. Further information on our programs is available by contacting us at (802)828-6031 or by visiting USDA Rural Development s web site at www.rurdev.usda.gov/vt(link is external).Fiscal Year 2009 USDA Rural Development s Rural Energy for America Program selections: Damian BranonFairfieldRidgeview Farm, IncFairfieldCarlton Bertrand, Jr.SwantonScott BoyceRichfordWayne FifieldThetford CenterRodney & Glenda ParadeeSwantonJoseph A. JordanEssex Jct.Charles M. Cooley, Jr.MorrisvilleNorman Fecteau & David L. SteinhourRichfordMorse Farm Inc.MontpelierGary CoreyFairfieldClifford LaPointCraftsburyDouglas RoseLudlowDavid & Sharon DolloffLyndonvillePaul A. LaharAlbanyGabriel GervaisEast FairfieldRobert Lemire SrEssex Jct.Tator’s Sugar ShackSt. AlbansButternut Mountain FarmMorrisvilleFranklin YatesFairfieldPaul PalmerJeffersonvilleDaniel & Rose RoyerNewport CenterKenneth SaundersRupertFernand & Patricia GagneSwantonHoward & Carolyn CollinsNewport CenterRandi & Louise CalderwoodCraftsburyPriscilla WhiteFairfieldWalter Gladstone lighting improvementsBradfordPhoto Voltaic: Harvey McDonald small windDerby LineAnaerobic Digester Systems: Dubois Energy, LLCVergennesMonument Farms Three Gen, LLCWeybridge Source: Montpelier, VT, September 24, 2009 USDA Rural Development.