U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown

WASHINGTON, D.C. (12-23-22) – Today, U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) awarded three Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Grants totaling $360,228 to three businesses in Southwest Ohio. Funding will be used to generate renewable energy and make facilities more energy efficient.

Brown has been a leader for Ohio’s rural communities. Brown fought to secure a number of provisions in the 2018 Farm Bill that are important to Ohio farmers. He is the first Ohioan to serve on the Senate Agriculture Committee in nearly 50 years.

Brown said –

“We are in the midst of a clean energy boom that will create jobs and opportunities for communities across Ohio.  The REAP program will help Ohio businesses be more efficient and more profitable. My office and I will continue working with community partners to ensure these communities continue to get the support they need.”

Funding will be provided to five businesses, including:

  • $225,000 to New Madison Pullets, LLC in Darke County to install a ground mounted solar array to offset 52 percent of the company’s annual energy use.
  • $91,228 to Mark Stucke Farms, LLC in Darke County to install a ground mounted solar array to offset 80 percent of the company’s annual energy use.
  • $44,000 to Blue Ribbon Feed Mill, LTD in Mercer County to install a ground mounted solar array which will offset over 83 percent of the company’s annual energy use.

USDA’s REAP provides guaranteed loan financing and grant funding to agricultural producers and rural small businesses for renewable energy production or to make energy efficiency improvements. Agricultural producers may also apply for new energy efficient equipment and loans for agricultural production and processing.