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USDA grants $3.7 million for clean energy projects in Vermont

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New USDA grants will support seven clean energy projects across Vermont, including a solar array in Bellows Falls.

The U.S Department of Agriculture has announced $3.7 million in grants for seven clean energy projects across Vermont.

These grants are funded through a program for agriculture producers and other business owners which aims to reduce energy costs, support renewables and boost job opportunities in rural communities.

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In a press release, Sen. Peter Welch said this funding will make sure everyone can be a part of the transition to renewable energy "no matter the zip code."

One of the projects is a large solar array for the Whitney Blake manufacturing company in Bellows Falls. The project is expected to offset 90% of their annual energy consumption, according to a USDA press release.

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A total of $157 million for projects in 42 states was distributed through the Rural Energy for America Program.

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