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October 19, 2009

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Farms to receive federal solar energy systems installation grants

MILTON – More than $371,000 in federal loans and grants will be provided to 10 farms in the region to install solar energy systems and make other renewable upgrades that will help them cut their energy consumption.

The funds were announced by Congressman Maurice Hinchey while at a media event at Sunshine Orchards in Milton on Monday.

“New York is clearly establishing itself as a leader when it comes to solar energy research and development and this funding demonstrates how those solar products are being put to practical use,” said Hinchey.

Sunshine Orchards in Milton will receive over $191,000 for a grant and loan guarantee to install a 42 kilowatt solar photovoltaic system that will generate 60 percent of the farm’s electricity use.

Hepworth Farms in Milton will receive a $44,500 grant to install a 22.8 kilowatt solar electricity generation system on the farm.

Thunder View Farms in Grahamsville will receive over $29,300 to help purchase a solar electric generation system.

Bridle Hill Farm in Jeffersonville will receive a grant of $28,500 to help purchase a solar electric generating system for the farm.

Catskill Mountain Sugar House in Grahamsville will receive over $17,500 to purchase energy efficient maple syrup production equipment.

Sky Acre Angus Farm in Pine Plains will receive $16,300 to install a wind turbine for on-farm use.

Gallatin in Columbia County will receive $16,300 to be used to install a wind turbine to generate on-farm electricity.

Little Texas Ranch in Obernburg will receive $15,200 to install a wind turbine that will generate 55 percent of the farm’s power.

Maple Syrup, Inc. of Parksville will receive over $7,500 to help purchase energy efficient maple syrup production equipment.

White Oak Farm in Yorktown Heights will receive $5,000 to be used to help purchase a reverse-osmosis system, which will reduce energy usage during the production of maple syrup.

All of the funds were made available through USDA’s Renewable Energy for America Program.

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