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Oak Square Consultants Announces USDA Award of REAP Energy Grant Funds
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced on 6-25-12 that USDA has selected 450 projects nationwide for funding under the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP). Included in the list of recipients is Greenwood Chevrolet of Fort Meade, Florida.
Energy Efficiency Improvements funded by this grant award are projected to reduce energy usage at the Greenwood Chevrolet dealership by 59,514 kWh per year, a reduction of 52.8% from current usage.
The grant application was prepared by Oak Square Consultants, LLC, with technical collaboration from The Sustainable Design Group in Gainesville, Florida; architects Sol-ARCH in Miami; and mechanical engineers EPG Engineering in Orlando.
The REAP program, administered under the US Department of Agriculture (USDA), is focused on helping agricultural producers and rural small businesses reduce energy consumption and costs; use renewable energy technologies in their operation; and/or conduct feasibility studies for renewable energy projects. REAP offers funds for farmers, ranchers and rural small businesses to purchase and install renewable energy systems and make energy-efficiency improvements. These federal funds leverage other funding sources for businesses. In all, USDA announced nearly $7.4 million in energy grants under the current award announcement.
The USDA announcement of the 2012 REAP awards can be found at http://www.usda.gov/
Greenwood Chevrolet's website is http://www.directchevy.com