Two Story County businesses will receive federal grants for energy efficiency projects.
Reynolds Farm, LP in Maxwell and Good & Quick Company in Nevada will receive $27, 331 and $31,612, respectively.
U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the grants Wednesday through the USDA’s Rural Energy for America Program (REAP). The grants can help fund up to 25 percent of eligible project costs.
"REAP continues to help farmers and rural businesses reduce their energy consumption and by doing so, improve the bottom line of their operations,"Acting Under Secretary for Rural Development Doug O’Brien said in a press release Wednesday.
Dean Reynolds of Reynolds Farm is using the grant money to install a new grain dryer, and said saving energy and money is exactly what the dryer will do.
"I had an energy audit, and they said I can save quite a few dollars by installing the new dryer, and that it would be more energy-efficient," Reynolds said.
The dryer has already been installed, and Reynolds said he believes he will begin using it this week.
Another goal of REAP is to "help the development of new forms of energy that reduce America’s dependence on fossil fuels and creates a stronger rural economy," according to the press release.
Charlie Good, owner of Good & Quick Company in Nevada, said the grant money will help pay for updates to his station’s fuel pumps and an upgrade to E85.
"With the ethanol plant right outside town, and another one being built … I think it’s a good thing to do," Good said. "(The ethanol plants) are putting millions of dollars into Nevada, and are helping the local economy."
Lincolnway Energy is located just west of Nevada. DuPont Cellulosic Ethanol is going up nearby.
Good said he was able to add another fuel pump to the station, and has already been seeing more customers.
"I wanted to give Nevada something I think they needed," Good said.