September 02, 2008

Idaho Businesses To Use New Energy Systems

Crapo announces renewable energy grants in four cities

Boise - Four Idaho businesses have been rewarded for renewable energy planning and will split federal grant dollars totaling nearly $300,000, according to Idaho Senator Mike Crapo. The funding comes through USDA Rural Development's Section 9006 Renewable Energy Systems and Energy Efficiency Improvements Program.

"Idaho businesses have always been innovative, and these energy upgrades will save money and power and expand the use of renewable energy in Idaho," noted Crapo, a member of the Senate Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee and Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Rural Revitalization, Conservation, Forestry and Credit. "The grant monies will be used to encourage conservation in some businesses, while others are moving toward renewable and alternative sources like solar to provide the energy needed to operate."

The Section 9006 Renewable Energy Systems and Energy Efficiency Improvements Program will spend close to $300,000 in Idaho to help Idahoans accomplish the following upgrades in Coeur d'Alene, Moscow, Mountain Home and Twin Falls:

Coeur d'Alene Runge Furniture Company $6,237 for energy-efficient lighting

Moscow Camas Winery $23,192 for solar energy installation

Mountain Home Towne Center Motel $8,277 for solar hot water system

Twin Falls Gordon Paving Company $250,000 for upgrades to hot plant