Energy grants

first_imgFarmers and rural small-business owners can now apply for more than $99 million in loan guarantees or grants from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to install renewable energy systems. Georgia’s allocation is $10 million for loans and almost $2 million for grants.Funds may be used to purchase and install renewable energy systems or to make energy efficiency improvements. The maximum grant for renewable energy systems is 25 percent of eligible project costs, not to exceed $500,000. Energy efficiency improvement projects are eligible for up to 25 percent of eligible project costs, not to exceed $250,000.Feasibility studies now also qualify for grants. The maximum loan guarantee is 75 percent of eligible project costs, not to exceed $25 million. Combination loan guarantees and grants are also available. Complete program details are available at the website www.rurdev.usda.gov/rbs/farmbill. Applications are due June 30. Those received after the deadline will be considered in 2011.For more information, contact Craig Scroggs at 404-229-5720 or [email protected]; Al Burns at 229-220-5067 or [email protected]last_img read more

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Ellicott Equipment for Malawi

first_imgThe U.S. Embassy in Malawi said in its latest announcement that Ellicott Dredges LLC, of Baltimore, MD, recently won a $7 million contract to supply dredging equipment to the Kapichira Hydropower Plant.The main goal of this project, conducted by the Millennium Challenge Account of Malawi (MCA-M), is to improve its power generation by reducing the sediment in the reservoir and therefore, increasing the amount of reservoir water volume and hydropower efficiencies.MCC is working with the Government of Malawi to strengthen a foundation on which the nation’s power system can grow, including infrastructure and enabling policies that encourage accountability and private sector involvement, the U.S. Embassy in Malawi said in its release.The five-year compact, which will conclude in September, consists of three projects designed to take a complementary approach to improving the sector.Infrastructure investments and energy sector reform are complemented by a $31.5 million effort to support hydro-power generation through improved environmental practices in the Shire River watershed.[mappress mapid=”24883″]last_img read more

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Hancock County officials now confirm county’s first death — 17 new COVID-19 cases, 11 in Cerro Gordo

first_imgWorth0 Confirmed CasesNew Cases Worth20 Floyd4 Winnebago20 Wright31 Mitchell Cerro Gordo1 Wright386 Hancock1 Floyd73 Butler465 Butler591 Butler11 Kossuth Cerro Gordo102 Floyd56 Franklin Mitchell0 Floyd2 Winnebago Franklin594 Worth11 Wright3069 Area Total68929 Mitchell412center_img Change from July 4 Worth Area Total216 Butler2 Kossuth36 Kossuth241 Area Total98917 Cerro Gordo19511 Kossuth11 MASON CITY — Hancock County health officials have now confirmed the county’s first COVID-19-related death.On Tuesday, the Iowa Department of Public Health’s coronavirus website had listed the death, but Hancock County officials could not confirm it. Hancock County Director of Community Health Chelcee Schleuger tells KGLO News this morning that county health officials have now clarified that there was a death associated with the coronavirus, and that the person was an adult over the age of 80.It now brings the number of deaths in the immediate listening area to seven, with two previous deaths each in Butler and Floyd counties and one each previously in Cerro Gordo and Wright.17 new cases of COVID-19 have been reported in our listening area in the 24-hour period ending at 11 o’clock this morning — 11 of those new cases are in Cerro Gordo County; three in Franklin; two in Mitchell; and one in Butler.That brings the listening area’s total since the start of the pandemic to 989 — 386 in Wright; 195 in Cerro Gordo; 95 in Franklin; 73 in Floyd; 59 in Butler; 55 in Hancock; 41 in Mitchell; 36 in Kossuth; 29 in Winnebago; and 20 in Worth.29 more people have recovered — nine in Wright; six in Cerro Gordo; five in Butler; four in Franklin; three in Mitchell; and single cases in Hancock and Kossuth — to bring the overall total of area cases to 689, or 70% recovered. Six more people have been hospitalized in the area since July 4th, with a total now of 21.Looking at the statewide numbers in the same 24-hour period: seven more people have died to bring the total to 732; 416 more cases have been confirmed for a total now of 32,343; 429 more people have recovered for a total of 25,868, or 80% recovered. Hancock0 Franklin11 Deaths Hospitalized Winnebago29 Winnebago1 RecoveredNew Recovered Hancock55 Cerro Gordo1016 Mitchell223 Franklin953 Hancock441 Wright1 Area Total7last_img read more

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