On Sept. 7, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced the availability of grants of up to $50,000 for agricultural producers and small rural businesses to conduct feasibility studies for installing renewable energy systems. The proposed systems can produce heat, electricity or fuel. They must produce energy from renewable energy sources, such as wind energy, solar energy, biomass energy, geothermal energy, hydropower or hydrogen-based sources. They must also be located in a rural area and owned by the applicant.
The USDA also announced on Sept. 9 that it is awarding $1.9 million to Lincolnway Energy
Lincolnway Energy began making ethanol in 2006 and produces up to 60 million gallons of fuel-grade ethanol per year at its facility.
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