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13 grants to fund rural energy efficiency in Maryland

WESTMINSTER — Thirteen energy efficiency projects in rural Maryland will be funded through federal grants announced by Sen. Ben Cardin and Rep. Roscoe Bartlett.

The two lawmakers joined U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development State Director Jack Tarburton in announcing the grants Monday at Sunnsyside Farms in Westminster. The Carroll County chicken egg farm will receive a $220,500 grant that will pay for about a quarter of the cost of a new solar power system.

Other grants will go toward replacing grain dryers at farms across the state, as well as wind turbines, geothermal and solar power systems statewide.

The projects are being funded under the Rural Energy for America Program, also known as REAP.