COLUMBIANA, Ohio -- Family Walgreen Drug Inc. in Columbiana, will receive a $20,000 grant through the United States Department of Agriculture's Rural Energy for America Program to install a solar energy system. 

U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown made the announcement Wednesday afternoon.

"Agriculture and energy innovation are critical to Ohio's long-term economic development," Brown said. "Growing Ohio's clean energy economy in small towns and rural areas like Columbiana helps to create jobs while reducing our dependence on foreign oil. Developing clean energy will put Ohio communities at the forefront of the innovation and energy independence that America needs to out-compete the rest of the world."

The USDA's rural energy program aims to increase production of renewable energy in the United States to reduce America's dependence on foreign oil. It provides grants, loans and loan guarantees to businesses and organizations in rural communities for development of renewable energy systems including biofuel, solar and wind systems.

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