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Going Green?
BY KENT WARE, COMMUNITY PROGRAMS DIRECTOR, RD IN VIRGINIA

installing solar panels at your treatment facility to offset your electrical
costs? How about a wind turbine? Renewable energy projects can offset your electrical consumption
or other energy usage, thereby reducing costs at the facility. Additionally, renewable energy systems
that reduce electrical consumption can decrease your peak demand charge, which for treatment
plants can be quite considerable.
HAVE YOU CONSIDERED

Renewable
energy
projects can
offset your
electrical
consumption
or other
energy usage,
thereby
reducing costs
at the facility.

USDA Rural Development has low interest loan programs that can be used to finance
renewable energy systems and energy efficiency
improvements at water and wastewater facilities and other community facilities such as fire
department buildings, schools, courthouses, hospitals, rural medical clinics, etc. Eligible projects
must meet the following conditions:
1. The purchase or construction of a renewable
energy system will help defray the cost of
facility operation over the life of the system;
2. The borrower must demonstrate that the
renewable energy system will improve its
ability to provide the underlying essential
community service, such as providing backup
facilities or extending fuel supplies of backup
facilities;
3. The borrower does not have, and will not have,
any contract to sell power generated by the
energy system; however, receiving credit for
excess production is permitted;

4. The borrower does not anticipate, and has
no plan for, generation of more energy that
it will use in a consecutive 12 month period.
The borrower may receive credits from a
utility for energy production that happens
to exceed facility usage during a particular
month; and
5. The renewable energy system must be a commercially proven and available technology.
Commercially available means a system that
has a proven operating history specific to the
proposed application. Such a system is based
on established design, with established installation, maintenance and operation procedures
and practices.
As part of the application for financial assistance for renewable energy, systems will be
expected to provide a technical report as a part
of the financial feasibility report. This report will
be prepared in accordance with the guidelines
that can be provided by your Rural Development
area loan officer.
Rural Development also administers the
Rural Energy for America Program (REAP)
that provides grants and guaranteed loans for
renewable energy systems and energy efficiency improvements to rural for-profit businesses and agriculture producers. Grants are
limited to 25 percent of the eligible project costs
or $500,000 for renewable energy systems and
$250,000 for energy efficiency improvements,
whichever is less. (Grant limitations as listed
above were for FY 2017. Limits for the current
fiscal year have not been published as of this
writing.) Guaranteed loans for the projects are
obtained through any regulated bank or credit
union in partnership with Rural Development.
For additional information on this program,
please contact me at kent.ware@va.usda.gov or
by calling 804.287.1557.
www.vrwa.org

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Streamline - Winter 2017

From the President: Ammonia-Nitrogen
From the Executive Director: Your Most Important Tool
VRWA’s 2017 Expo
How to Pass a Certification Test – The First Time
Slips, Trips and Falls – Winter Safety Tips
Looking Forward to Being of Service
Floodplain Management
No Wipes in the Pipes
Going Green?
Need Cash? Check the Meter!
The Rate Setting Results…Are In
Introducing JumpStart – A New App for Operators to Test Their Skills Before Testing!
Throwing My Loop: Christmas Lights on the Barn!
VRWA Member Corner
eLearning Benefits
Membership Application
Benefits for VRWA Members
Board of Directors
VRWA Committees
Index to Advertisers/Ad.com
Streamline - Winter 2017 - Intro
Streamline - Winter 2017 - cover1
Streamline - Winter 2017 - cover2
Streamline - Winter 2017 - 3
Streamline - Winter 2017 - 4
Streamline - Winter 2017 - 5
Streamline - Winter 2017 - 6
Streamline - Winter 2017 - 7
Streamline - Winter 2017 - 8
Streamline - Winter 2017 - From the President: Ammonia-Nitrogen
Streamline - Winter 2017 - 10
Streamline - Winter 2017 - From the Executive Director: Your Most Important Tool
Streamline - Winter 2017 - VRWA’s 2017 Expo
Streamline - Winter 2017 - 13
Streamline - Winter 2017 - 14
Streamline - Winter 2017 - 15
Streamline - Winter 2017 - 16
Streamline - Winter 2017 - 17
Streamline - Winter 2017 - How to Pass a Certification Test – The First Time
Streamline - Winter 2017 - 19
Streamline - Winter 2017 - Slips, Trips and Falls – Winter Safety Tips
Streamline - Winter 2017 - Looking Forward to Being of Service
Streamline - Winter 2017 - 22
Streamline - Winter 2017 - Floodplain Management
Streamline - Winter 2017 - 24
Streamline - Winter 2017 - No Wipes in the Pipes
Streamline - Winter 2017 - 26
Streamline - Winter 2017 - Going Green?
Streamline - Winter 2017 - Need Cash? Check the Meter!
Streamline - Winter 2017 - 29
Streamline - Winter 2017 - 30
Streamline - Winter 2017 - 31
Streamline - Winter 2017 - The Rate Setting Results…Are In
Streamline - Winter 2017 - 33
Streamline - Winter 2017 - 34
Streamline - Winter 2017 - Introducing JumpStart – A New App for Operators to Test Their Skills Before Testing!
Streamline - Winter 2017 - 36
Streamline - Winter 2017 - Throwing My Loop: Christmas Lights on the Barn!
Streamline - Winter 2017 - 38
Streamline - Winter 2017 - VRWA Member Corner
Streamline - Winter 2017 - 40
Streamline - Winter 2017 - eLearning Benefits
Streamline - Winter 2017 - Membership Application
Streamline - Winter 2017 - Benefits for VRWA Members
Streamline - Winter 2017 - 44
Streamline - Winter 2017 - VRWA Committees
Streamline - Winter 2017 - Index to Advertisers/Ad.com
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