Dealership awarded solar grant

TRENTONStanley Subaru Inc. has received a Rural Energy for America Program Grant in the amount of $64,781. The funding through the United States Department of Agriculture will be used to help the new and used car dealership to install a new solar photovoltaic system.

This project is expected to save $24,494 per year and replace 178,620 kilowatt hours (100 percent of the business energy use) per year, which is enough energy to power 16 homes.

The award is among $24,524,396 being invested in Maine renewable energy and energy efficiency through guaranteed loans and grants. Nationally, the USDA is investing $633 million to reduce the impacts of climate change on rural communities.

“Rural America is on the front lines of climate change, and our communities deserve investments that will strengthen all of our resilience,” USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack said. “President Biden has created a roadmap for how we can tackle the climate crisis and expand access to renewable energy infrastructure, all while creating good-paying jobs and saving people money on their energy costs. With the Build Back Better agenda, USDA will be able to fund more and more critical projects like those announced today in the coming months and years.”

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