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USDA Rural Development December 2012 newsletter


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  • 1. Washington— Rural Business & Cooperative Service Alternative Energy Fairchild RecordTumwater’s First Commercial Search employee Fanny SparlingSolar Project Funded With Help stands on one of the 48 “Made in Wash-From USDA Energy Grant ington “ solar pan- els that are now on top of her building in Tumwater,Outline of Need: Thurston County. The energy savingsSundodger Ventures, LLC, founder Rene Reis wanted from this solarto take advantage of renewable energy to reduce her project equates to over $5,800 annual-operating costs in the 7,500 square foot building she ly.owns in Tumwater, Thurston County.With the help of Puget Sound Energy and ThurstonEnergy, Reis was able to identify potential energysavings by upgrading existing lighting to T-8 flo-rescent lighting. But she wanted to include a solaroption for her roof after hearing a presentation bySouth Sound Solar at a local Rotary Club meeting.How Rural Development Helped: South Sound Solar to design and install a 9.4 kW so-With the help of the Rural Energy for America Grant lar photovoltaic (PV) system consisting of a 48-panelProgram (REAP), Reis was able to save 25 percent of solar array of “Made in Washington” panels and in-the cost for the $85,000 project. Reis contracted with verters. Fast Facts The Result: The commercial solar installation was the first of its Program: Renewable Energy for America Program (REAP) kind in the rural community of Tumwater, Thurston Investment: $20,000 REAP Grant County. The new solar array will produce about 10 Partners: Puget Sound Energy; Thurston Energy; South Sound Solar percent savings in power, equating to over $5,800 Congressional District: WA-10 annually. Reis’ energy efficiency investments are lowering her energy consumption, saving her money Demographics: and stimulating the local economy.  Tumwater, Thurston County  Population: 17,371 (2010 census) “There is still a perception that alternative energy and Impact: energy efficiency is cumbersome and expensive,”  Over $5,800 in energy savings (renewable energy said Ries. “That’s not what I found thanks to state and replaces energy used)  Investment and production tax credits realized federal tax incentives, grants, and Thurston Energy’s  Payback on investment is approximately nine-years. loan rate buy-backs that are currently available.” Contact: December 2012