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USA 05.02.2024

USDA Awards Over $800K to Gratiot Co. Dairy Farm for Cutting-Edge Renewable Energy Transformation

Source: The DairyNews
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The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has unveiled a significant investment of nearly $1 million in grants earmarked for the enhancement of renewable energy infrastructure within Michigan's rural agricultural sector and small enterprises. A substantial portion of this funding, amounting to over $800,000, has been allocated to a distinguished dairy farm located in Gratiot County.
USDA Awards Over $800K to Gratiot Co. Dairy Farm for Cutting-Edge Renewable Energy Transformation
Under the Rural Energy for America Program, the USDA is channeling $956,473 to four deserving recipients across Michigan, supplementing the $1.7 million already announced for the western part of the state last week.

Among the recipients is Milk Star LLC, a reputable dairy farm with a nine-year operational history in Gratiot County, as affirmed by the USDA. Milk Star LLC is set to leverage an impressive $823,219 grant to acquire and install a cutting-edge 1,036.80 kW solar photovoltaic system. The implementation of this innovative project is anticipated to yield annual savings of $133,492, replacing 1,376,202 kWh (equivalent to 41 percent) per year. This substantial energy production is ample to power 126 homes, marking a significant stride towards sustainability and resource conservation.
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