- Associated Press - Tuesday, October 25, 2016

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - Nebraska residents and small businesses have received nearly $1 million in federal grants to pay for new energy projects throughout the state.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced Tuesday that 40 renewable energy and energy efficiency projects have received grants totaling roughly $962,000. The grants were provided through the Rural Energy for America Program.

The department says the projected energy savings from the announced project is equivalent to the amount required to power 345 homes. The projects are located in 22 Nebraska counties, and include upgrades such as new windows, solar panels and converting irrigation motors from diesel to electric.

Congress created the program in the 2002 Farm Bill and reauthorized it in 2014 with guaranteed funding of at least $50 million annually.

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