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:

GRANT RECIPIENT

COUNTY

PROJECT FUNDING

Vermilion Wind, LLC

Lorain

$6,250

Ringler Energy, LLC

Delaware

$50,000

Lumber Yard and Barn Parts Direct, LLC

Mercer

$10,000

Four Pines Farm, Ltd.

Tuscarawas

$10,000

Miedema Dairy, LLC

Pickaway

$10,000

Van Raay Dairy, LLC

Clark

$10,000

M&C, Inc.

Summit

$25,000

Sandy Ridge Solar, LLC

Belmont

$2,500

Woodstone Solar One, LLC

 Stark

$2,500

Upper Gilchrist Solar, LLC

 Knox

$2,500

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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