Funding awarded for efficiency projects



ELLSWORTH — Hancock County and two of its businesses have been awarded federal funding through the Rural Energy for America Program.

The county of Hancock has been awarded a $95,000 grant. The money will be used to conduct approximately 15 energy audits for rural small businesses and agricultural producers. These audits will provide analysis to make energy-efficiency improvements to these operations.

The Blue Hill Co-op has been selected to receive a grant in the amount of $17,114 toward the purchase and installation of a 128.34-kilowatt solar array. The project will support all of the business’s energy usage and realize $25,394 in savings annually.

Bar Harbor-based Gerald J. Paradis Inc. has been selected to receive a grant of $25,406. The money is for the purchase and installation of a 50.53-kilowatt solar array. This project will meet 76 percent of the business’s energy needs and realize $11,579 of savings annually.