Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has announced that USDA is funding projects to harness wind, solar, geothermal and hydroelectric power to reduce energy costs for farms and small business across rural America. Funding was also announced to conduct feasibility studies for renewable energy systems. Funding is made available through the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP), which is authorized by the 2008 Farm Bill. Rural Development Deputy Under Secretaries Doug O’Brien and Dallas Tonsager made the announcements on the Secretary’s behalf. In Vermont, Green Mountain Environmental Consulting, Inc of Bennington will receive $49,325 of REAP funding to assist in the installation of a 50 kilowatt micro-hydro system that is expected to generate 436,800 kilowatts of power annually. The $197,300 project is expected to produce enough power to supply 48 average Vermont homes annually. This project represents the first hydro project financed in Vermont by USDA Rural Development. In addition, Lemington Solar Farm, LLC, and Green Mountain Clean Energy, LLC. received $15,000 and $49,325 respectively to perform feasibility studies. The studies will analyze system design, environmental impacts, resource assessments and the cost effectiveness for the construction of solar and wind powered renewable energy systems. “The Obama Administration is assisting small businesses, including farmers and ranchers, as they work to reduce their energy costs,” O’Brien said of the announcement. “When energy costs are reduced, American rural businesses become more competitive, allowing them to expand and create jobs.” Molly Lambert, USDA Rural Development State Director for Vermont and New Hampshire followed the announcement by stating, “The Obama Administration is committed to making America more energy self-reliant. The REAP program furthers this commitment by encouraging rural businesses to study and build renewable energy systems.’ Including today’s announcements, the REAP program has funded a total of 162 projects in Vermont that total just over $34 million in total development and construction costs. Of this amount, $13.46 million has been funded from the REAP program and an additional $21 million dollars of private capital has flowed into project development costs. USDA, through its Rural Development mission area, administers and manages housing, business and community infrastructure and facility programs through a national network of state and local offices. Rural Development has an existing portfolio of more than $155 billion in loans and loan guarantees. These programs are designed to improve the economic stability of rural communities, businesses, residents, farmers and ranchers and improve the quality of life in rural America. Visit http://www.rurdev.usda.gov(link is external) for additional information about the agency’s programs.Montpelier VT, November 17, 2011 ‘
The Sanctuary Cove residence at 5403 Pebble Lane sold for $2.2 million.A modern-day Gold Coast castle has new rulers after being snapped up in a multimillion-dollar deal.The buyers were from the Hinterland and looking for a sea change so splashed $2.2 million on the Sanctuary Cove mansion at 5403 Pebble Lane.Marketing agent Charlon Delos Angeles, of Amir Prestige Property Agents, said his colleague Colleen Brunt sold their Tamborine Mountain residence before they sealed the deal on the waterfront property. MORE NEWS: Best Hamptons-style homes on the market It resembles a modern-day castle both inside and out. The vendors renovated the property to give it a new lease on life.“They wanted to be in an integrated community but didn’t want your average home,” he said.“When they walked in, they knew they wanted it.”Mr Delos Angeles said it was a quick settlement following its late January sale.“It’s definitely move-in ready so they’re really looking forward to living in it,” he said.The five-bedroom house resembles a modern-day castle with its turret-style balconies and a stone path leading to a grand arched entrance.Sellers Matthew and Elena Harbottle spent two years renovating the property, which was tired and dated when they bought it in 2016 for $1.625 million.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa8 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag1 day ago It exudes sophistication from every angle. Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:51Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:51 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD576p576p432p432p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenStarting your hunt for a dream home00:51 “It was actually the first home that we saw when we were planning the move up to the Gold Coast from rural Victoria,” Mr Harbottle said when it hit the market in 2018.They fell in love with its design but quickly started renovating its interior to give it a new lease on life. “(My wife) hit the nail on the head with an old-school Hamptons look,” Mr Harbottle said. Property records show the 863sq m property hit the market in May 2018 with a $3 million asking price.Several agencies tried to sell it in that time. MORE NEWS: Mega-mansion’s price slashed by millions
By Jerry MackeyFARLEY, Iowa (May 5) – Farley Speedway held its 2017 season opening point races on Friday night and Johnny Scott of Cameron, Missouri advanced from a sixth row start to score an impressive IMCA Modified win.Scott took the 20-lap feature win ahead of Jeff Larson and J.D. Auringer.Tyler Soppe continued his early season hot streak with another Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod feature win, this one ahead of Tim Plummer and Austin Heacock.IMCA Late Models brought the night’s racing action to a close with Joel Callahan scoring the 25-lap feature win ahead of Justin Kay and Jeremiah Hurst.