A Rural Development investment of $9,450 will be used to help Banks County Golf LLC purchase and install a 13.68 kilowatt solar array.

A solar array is a collection of multiple solar panels that generate electricity as a system.

This project will save $2,861 per year and replace 21,184 kilowatt hours per year, enough energy to power two homes.

The funds are part of a project by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to investing $464 million to build or improve renewable energy infrastructure and to help rural communities, agricultural producers and businesses lower energy costs in 48 states and Puerto Rico.

“USDA continues to prioritize climate-smart infrastructure to help rural America build back better, stronger and more equitably than ever before,” said U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. “We recognize that lowering energy costs for small businesses and agricultural producers helps to expand economic development and employment opportunities for people in America’s rural towns and communities. The investments demonstrate how the Biden-Harris Administration has put rural communities at the heart of climate action and climate-smart solutions.”

The USDA is financing $129 million of these investments through the Rural Energy for America Program. This program provides funding to help agricultural producers and rural small businesses purchase and install renewable energy systems and make energy efficiency improvements. These climate-smart investments will conserve and generate more than 379 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) in rural America, which equates to enough electricity to power 35,677 homes per year.

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