Over $1.77 Million Invested in Climate-Smart and Resilient Infrastructure for People in Rural Wyoming Communities

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Published: Dec. 7, 2021 at 11:53 PM CST
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CASPER, Wyo. (Release) - United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Acting State Director Janice Blare announced the Department is investing over $1.77 million to reduce the impacts of climate change on rural Wyoming communities. As part of the Build Back Better agenda, the Biden-Harris Administration has made investing in rural communities, creating good-paying jobs and combatting the climate crisis top priorities.

“Rural Development’s energy program funding has assisted two businesses to help them become more energy independent and resilient,” Blare said. “Wildman Farms will be able to save money after implementing a renewable energy source, and Sapp Bros Petroleum will be able to expand its current operations. That’s a win for Wyoming business.”

Wildman Farms, Inc in Manderson received a $5,885 Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) grant to purchase and install a 7.82 kW grid-tied roof mount solar array. This family agricultural operation will offset 9,710 kWh of energy usage with solar powered energy per year and realize an approximate savings of $1,243 annually.

Sapp Bros Petroleum Inc received a $1.76 million Higher Blends Infrastructure Incentive Program (HBIIP) grant to create infrastructure to expand the sales and use of renewable fuels. Sapp Bros Petroleum Inc is a fuel distribution facility company. This project will help install a new dedicated biodiesel tank and associated pumping and piping system; three 30,000 gallon biodiesel storage tanks and loading equipment; and convert a 200,000 gallon tank to hold biodiesel, adding insulation and heat trace piping at five locations in Connecticut, Colorado, Nebraska, and Wyoming.

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