Brown Announces More Than $178K to Support Clean Energy Jobs in 10 Ohio Counties

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) announced today that Ohio will receive $178,750 in federal funds to support clean energy jobs and economic development at 10 rural sites in Ohio. The competitive grants, which Brown helped to secure, was made available through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Rural Energy for American Program (REAP).

“This is about creating jobs and promoting economic development through clean energy in rural areas,” Brown said. “These funds will help Ohio’s small towns and rural communities make strides in energy efficiency and energy innovation. Across the state, these are home-grown projects that work to reduce our dependence on foreign oil while promoting job growth and economic development.”

REAP loan guarantees and grants can be used for clean energy systems, energy efficiency improvements, feasibility studies and energy audits.  Brown fought to create the REAP program through the reauthorization of the 2008 Farm Bill. A listing of Ohio competitive grant awards can be found below:




Vermilion Wind, LLC



Ringler Energy, LLC



Lumber Yard and Barn Parts Direct, LLC



Four Pines Farm, Ltd.



Miedema Dairy, LLC



Van Raay Dairy, LLC



M&C, Inc.



Sandy Ridge Solar, LLC



Woodstone Solar One, LLC



Upper Gilchrist Solar, LLC



Brown is the first Ohioan to serve on the U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee in more than 40 years. He is a leading advocate in Congress for the creation of a clean energy industry.  Brown is the Senate leader in calling for a program, known as the Advanced Energy Manufacturing Tax Credit (48C), to be expanded.




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