Energy Grants Available for Neb.
Businesses, Farmers, and Irrigators
USDA Rural Development has announced it anticipates
funding of approximately $22 million under the USDA 9006
energy program to be available for renewable and energy
efficiency projects for Nebraska businesses and farmers.
Businesses interested in energy efficiency improvements
to their facilities or renewable energy projects should
look at these grant funds. Farmers and ranchers should
also consider this program for renewable or energy
The application deadline is March 1, 2006.
Applications are received and considered on an open and
continuing basis. Requests submitted by or before March
1 will receive the best opportunity for funding.
Grant funds are available for any energy efficiency
improvement to the business (HVAC systems, insulation,
refrigeration, lighting, irrigation systems, pumping
systems, air systems, motor systems, etc.) and for
systems providing energy derived from wind, solar,
biomass, biogas, or geothermal source or hydrogen
derived from biomass or water using wind, solar, or
geothermal energy sources.
Those interested should apply now. Contact State Energy
Coordinators Cliff Kumm or Deb Yocum, 402.223.3125; or
in Beatrice, Jan Knobel, 402.223.3125 or 446.7414; in
Columbus, Dan Laska, 402.564.0506; in Ainsworth, Mary
Gambill, 402.387.2242; in Scottsbluff, Tim Brooks,
308.632.2195; or in Kearney, Karissa Hagedorn,
308.237.3118. For more information, check their website,