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Rural businesses in NH, Vermont to work on energy projects

December 6, 2021 GMT

FRANKLIN, N.H. (AP) — Several rural businesses in New Hampshire and Vermont are getting opportunities to construct solar arrays and work on other energy-related projects because of investments the U.S. Department of Agriculture is making in two programs.

GoLight LLC will use a U.S. Department $14.4 million USDA Electric Infrastructure loan to construct seven solar arrays in New Hampshire within Goffstown, Franklin, East Conway, and Pittsfield.

Also in New Hampshire, Orchard Hill Breadworks in Alstead will use a grant of over $31,000 from the USDA’s Rural Energy for America Program to build a solar array. The Profile School District in Bethlehem will buy electricity at a discount from BP Profile LLC, which will build a solar array next to the school through a similar grant.

In Vermont, Eden Sand & Gravel will install a solar array with a rural energy grant of $250,000, to help generate power to 82 homes and provide over $150,000 in annual revenue to the company.

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“Thanks to the recent enactment of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, USDA will be able to make the essential investments in climate-smart solutions that support rural communities on the frontlines of increasing natural disasters,” USDA Under Secretary for Rural Development Xochitl Torres Small said in a statement Monday.