USDA Awards Rural Energy Grants

$2.2 billion investment to increase electric reliability for 2 million rural residents.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced that 39 rural energy projects have been selected to receive $2.2 billion in grants. This funding will connect around 2 million rural residents to a reliable source of electricity, providing updates to local energy infrastructure. Five clean energy projects were also awarded $129 million to install clean energy solutions within rural power grids.

At the annual PowerXchange meeting, organized by the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, Secretary Tom Vilsack said, “Rural electric cooperatives are the backbone of America’s power delivery.”  

When asked about U.S. farmland being taken over by solar panels and wind turbines, he said, “We know that there are some concerns out there about whether renewable energy will overtake prime farmland,” adding, “We’re obviously encouraging use of non-prime farmland for purposes of renewable energy,”

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For Secretary Vilsack as he facilitates rural infrastructure and power production.
  • For the president and members of his administration as they continue to pursue renewable energy solutions.

Sources: Department of Agriculture, Successful Farming


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