Aroostook County businesses receive funding to upgrade renewable energy systems

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AROOSTOOK COUNTY, Maine - Two Aroostook County businesses have been selected to receive a grant through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Energy for America Program (REAP).

REAP’s grant program, entitled Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Loans and Grants, provides financial assistance to agricultural producers and small businesses to upgrade renewable energy systems in rural areas.

Labrie Farms, a local potato supplier and source for large-scale frozen food manufacturing in St. Agatha, will receive $30,000 to purchase and install ground-mounted solar panels.

Gary’s Auto and RV Sales and Gagnon’s Rental Properties, a car dealership and a property management company in Caribou, will receive $66,000 to purchase and install ground-mounted solar panels.

“By installing technologies that increase energy efficiency, these local businesses can save more annually, increase competitiveness and reduce their environmental footprint,” said Senators Susan Collins and Angus King in a joint statement. “These USDA investments are important boosts for our rural communities, and will have a positive impact on the regional economy and environment for years to come.”

Nine businesses throughout the state were allocated funding.