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September 24, 2018

Rural counties will receive energy grants from USDA

A federal grant program will help with the purchase and construction of energy-saving equipment in rural Maine.

U.S. Sens. Susan Collins and Angus King announced that nine rural Maine businesses received a total of $431,725 in funding through the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Rural Energy for America Program to purchase, construct and install solar panels or mechanisms to convert wood into pellets.

Recipients included T&D Wood Energy, Sanford, $200,000; Gary's Auto and RV Sales and Gagnon's Rental Properties, Connor, $66,000; Mook Sea Farms, Walpole, $49,597; Rainbow Valley Farm, Sidney, $34,433; Labrie Farms, St. Agatha, $30,000; Maple Crest Farm, Hermon, $21,506; Buck's Naked BBQ, Freeport, $19,496; Split Rock Distillery, Newcastle, $6,465; and Porchside Veterinary Care, Dresden, $4,228.

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