Wilson Nurseries has been awarded $10,000 of a $700,000 On-Farm Energy Efficiency and Production grant from the Kentucky Agricultural Development Fund, Gov. Steve Beshear announced Thursday.
The local home and garden company was one of 81 grant recipients from 36 counties, and the $10,000 will go toward greenhouse improvements, according to a press release.
“In January, the Kentucky Agricultural Development Board, which I chair, announced the availability of $2 million from KADF to continue providing farmers the opportunity to increase farm energy efficiency or renewable energy production,” Beshear said in a statement.
“I am pleased to announce that through the first round of applications, 81 farm families from 36 counties were able to take advantage of this opportunity.”
Recipients will get a 25 percent reimbursement, up to $10,000, on the cost of energy efficiency improvements, such as installing solar panels on farm buildings or adding an anaerobic digester to produce gas to heat poultry houses, the release says.
The KADF On-farm Energy Efficiency and Production Incentives Program will help achieve goals of Beshear’s “Intelligent Energy Choices for Kentucky’s Future: Kentucky’s 7-Point Energy Strategy” and is part of an effort to meet 18 percent of the state’s energy needs, the release says.
With $1.3 million still available in the KADF On-farm Energy Incentives Program, the state is accepting applications for the second round of grant awards, and applications are available online at http://ag-energy.ky.gov. Applications are due June 30.
Contact Bill McCloskey or Angie Justice with questions about the application process at (502) 564-4627 or email@example.com.