VNAP Awarded VT Rural Energy Grant

Addison County Economic Development Corporation (ACEDC) member Vermont Natural Ag Products (VNAP) of Middlebury was awarded a $28,325 VT Rural Energy Grant. The funds will be used to install new energy efficient equipment that will capture the thermal energy created from composting materials at the manure composting company, using it to heat the company’s buildings. 

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) provided capital support to 17 Vermont businesses transitioning to renewable or energy efficient technologies to cut costs and reduce energy consumption this year. Vermont farms and small businesses used more than $3 million in grants and loan guarantees through USDA Rural Development’s Rural Energy for America Program (REAP).

USDA Rural Development is accepting energy program applications from rural businesses and agricultural producers interested in utilizing energy efficient and renewable energy technologies. Applications for renewable energy system and energy efficiency grants of greater than $20,000 and all combination grants and guaranteed loans are due by March 31, 2017. Interested applicants should contact Ken Yearman, Energy Coordinator, at (802) 828-6070 or by email at

USDA, through its Rural Development (RD) mission area, administers and manages housing, business and community infrastructure programs through a national network of state and local offices. Rural Development has an active portfolio of $215 billion in loans and loan guarantees. These programs are designed to improve the economic stability of rural communities, businesses, residents, farmers and ranchers and improve the quality of life in rural areas. For more information on Rural Development visit the Vermont Rural Development website ( or contact USDA RD at (802) 828-6000.