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Release date 04-10-12

 

KVCC wins Renewable Energy grant

 

FAIRFIELD –Kennebec Valley Community College (KVCC) has won a $100,000 federal grant to help rural small businesses and agricultural producers reduce energy consumption and implement renewable energy technologies.

 

United States Department of Agriculture(USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack has announced that KVCC is among 10 recipients of grants being made available through the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP), which was authorized by the 2008 Farm Bill.

 

The grant will enable the College to provide renewable energy development assistance for at least140 agricultural producers and rural small businesses across Maine over the next two years.

 

“Work funded under this grant will support the delivery of a high level of renewable energy technical assistance to farms and small rural businesses throughout the state,” Dana Doran, Director of Energy Programs at KVCC, said. “This assistance will help Maine farmers and small rural business owners save energy, improve their environment, and strengthen their bottom lines.”

 

As a regional leader in renewable energy education and industry expertise, KVCC will work withFarm Energy Partners(FEP) in this effort. FEP is a network of over 30 public and private sector organizations staffed and convened by Maine Rural Partners, a non-profit organization dedicated to advancing collaborative, integrated approaches to rural development.

 

To accommodate the wide range of farms and rural businesses across the state while recognizing that each site has unique assets, assistance will be provided in the five renewable technology areas in which KVCC has expertise – solar heating, solarphotovoltaic, small wind, biomass/solid fuel, and geothermal.

KVCC will lead informational workshops at its campus and at trade shows designed to introduce renewable technologies to farmers and small rural business owners.

 

The College will also contribute to publicity efforts and informational materials and guides connected with the effort, and provide technical assistance via phone and email to farmers and small rural business owners.

 

KVCC began incorporating elements of renewable energy education in its Electrical Technology program in 1995 and has expanded its role in such education steadily over the years through both credit and non-credit courses and training programs.

 

Now offering mutiple credit and non-credit programs in renewable energy through its state-of-the art Energy Services and Technology Center, the College is at the forefront of regional education efforts in this fast-growing sector of the economy, and has gained national recognition as a leader in the field.

 

To learn more about renewable energy programs at KVCC, go to http://www.kvcc.me.edu/energyservices/

 

The official announcement from USDA is available online through the newsroom link at www.usda.gov.

 

REAP loan guarantees and grants can be used for renewable energy systems and energy efficiency improvements; and grants for feasibility studies, renewable energy development assistance and energy audits.

 

USDA, through its Rural Development mission area, administers and manages housing, business and community infrastructure and facility programs through a national network of state and local offices. Rural Development has an active portfolio of more than $165 billion in affordable loans and loan guarantees. These programs are designed to improve the economic stability of rural communities, businesses, residents, farmers and ranchers and improve the quality of life in rural America.