U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) State Director for Wisconsin Julie Lassa today announced USDA is investing $92,462 in critical infrastructure to combat climate change across rural Wisconsin.

“Today’s investments, and those that will be made possible under President Biden’s Inflation Reduction Act, will strengthen our energy security, create good paying jobs, and save people money on their energy costs,” said Lassa.  “They also reflect the USDA’s commitment to financing rural infrastructure, embracing renewable energy, and supporting our path to energy independence.” [Audio: 21 seconds, 500KB]

The investments will help state and local government entities, nonprofit organizations, and federally recognized Tribes construct, renovate or purchase and install equipment for essential community facilities for public use in rural areas. They also will help agricultural producers and rural small businesses purchase and install renewable energy systems as well as make energy efficiency improvements. The investments will also help with energy audits, renewable energy technical assistance, and renewable energy site assessments.

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