Published in the May 9 PA Bulletin was a proposed Rule by the PA Utility Commission (PUC) to limit the energy output from farmers and others using alternative energy generation facilities which go into the grid. Details: http://www.pabulletin.com/secure/data/vol45/45-19/858.html
USDA is seeking applications from small businesses and agricultural producers for funding (both loans and grants) to make energy efficiency improvements or to install renewable energy systems. The Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) has $12.3 million in grants and $57.8 million in loan guarantees. Businesses not involved directly in production agriculture may also apply.
Mentioned in the USDA announcement was a PA veterinary practice in Curryville, Blair County, PA which received a $10,525 REAP grant to install solar panels on his roof. Details: Dawn Bonsell 717-237-2286 or Jay Fletcher 202/690-0498.