Ohio Operations Active In Energy Program

Applicant Name
Grant Requested Loan Requested Technology
Mapleview Farms, Inc. $9,525   Greenhouse Heater Replacement
Corso’s Perennials $74,897   Wind Turbine: Small
Coram Flora (on behalf of Green Circle Growers)   $7,500,000 Biomass Fuel Switch
Knitz Greenhouse $14,180 $19,851 Wind Turbine: Small
Eagle Creek Wholesale $25,679   Wind Turbine: Small
Mohican Gardens $20,000   Geothermal Heating System
Webb Perennials $7,865   Biomass Fired Boiiler

USDA awarded nearly $12 million in funding this year to Ohio growers and farmers as part of its Rural Energy For America Program (REAP), and at least seven Ohio greenhouse operations were recipients of USDA funds.

REAP loan guarantees and grants can be used for renewable energy systems, energy-efficiency improvements, feasibility studies and energy audits. More information about the REAP, which was authorized under the 2008 Farm Bill, is available at: www.rurdev.usda.gov/rbs/farmbill/index.html

In Ohio alone, our industry received nearly two-thirds of the $12 million in funding awarded to businesses, in large part because of the $7.5 million awarded to Coram Flora on behalf of Top 100 Grower Green Circle Growers. Green Circle Growers is committed to biomass.

Another Ohio greenhouse and nursery operation, Mohican Gardens located in Loudonville, Ohio, was granted $20,000 for a geothermal heating system. Three other operations–Corso’s Perennials, Knitz Greenhouse and Eagle Creek Wholesale–received funds for small wind turbines. Mapleview Farms and Webb Perennials respectively received funds to replace a greenhouse heater and to add a biomass-fired boiler.

According to USDA and Ohio Rural Development, recipients from 44 other states and Puerto Rico shared $62.5 million in loans and grants that encompassed 705 renewable energy and energy-efficiency projects.

“Posting such an increase in the number of projects that were approved is a true confirmation that our outreach efforts were effectively targeted,” says Beth Huhn, acting director of Ohio Rural Development. “These are more than just numbers, they’re actual Ohio business owners who will make their businesses more efficient and profitable by using the REAP as it was designed.”

See the table for more information on the funding Ohio greenhouse operations received.

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